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Ed Miliband was equipped this week with a generous selection of different issues to attack the government on, from tuition fees to the NHS and policing cuts.

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Who won?
It was there for him and he capitalised and won this week’s PMQ’s quite easily. Of course he was encouraged by a better performance last week, but he will be disappointed that this is the last PMQs of the year as it seems that he is ready for more.

Ed Miliband was right to raise the issue of the rise in unemployment by 35,000 in the three months to October. The prime minister said he was concerned about the rise in unemployment and conceded that the figures are disappointing, but said the government has a plan to bring more people to work by creating more jobs in the private sector.

Miliband slapped Cameron down by saying he is not an innocent bystander when it comes to the economy: Cameron tried the coalition’s regular line about having an credible economic policy unlike the opposition, but Ed Miliband wasn’t impressed and continued to attack Cameron confidently on the NHS cuts and EMA. He concluded with a series of broken promises with orchestrated call and response with his backbenchers.

Ed Miliband really tore Cameron apart this week and won the last PMQ of 2010 easily. If he is consistent in his performances in 2011 then the lead in the polls will not just be due to unpopular coalition policy. He will be happy to finish the year on a high note, but his critics inside and outside the party will still need to be convinced by his leadership of the Labour party – the outcome of the party’s policy review will be essential for his future as the party leader.

Best backbencher:
I will choose two and they are both from Lewisham: Heidi Alexander for her question about protecting the poor and vulnerable while reducing the budget deficit; the PM was ready for the question and answered with the pupil premium. Joan Ruddock had an excellent question comparing the unemployment rate in the PM’s constituency (1.3 per cent) and in her constituency where it’s over seven per cent.

Best question, answer, comment or joke:
‘He’s good at the broadbrush and he’s good at the airbrush’ was a good and memorable line for Ed Miliband who, after the Bullingdon line last week, seems more confident.

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, asked a question regarding the possible relocation of Tottenham Hotspur to the Olympic stadium in East London and mentioned there are two teams in north London, Tottenham and Enfield Town. The prime minister reminded him that he forgot Arsenal and paid tributes to the Gunners.


Tal Ofer
is a former parliamentary researcher to a Labour MP

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  • WE DEFINITELY NEED A STRONGER OPPOSITION TO BRING DOWN A FAILING GOVERNMENT, WITH BROKEN PROMISES AND NO DELIVERY! ED MILIBAND ~ YOU MUST DO THE HONOURS, AND TAKE ON THESE BAD PERFORMERS, WHO HAVE LIED TO GET INTO GOVERNMENT, AND ARE NOW FADING OUT, WITH ERRORS ALL THE WAY.!!! THE PEOPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN WILL FACE THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES IF LABOUR PARTY DOES NOT DO THE NEEDFUL. JUST LIKE WHAT TONY BLAIR DID WHEN HE MOVED OUT THE FAILING TORIES AND WALKED IN WITH A LANDSLIDE VICTORY. WE SHOULD ALL CALL FOR IMMEDIATE CHANGE. REGARDS SHIRANEE RANASINGHE

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