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Construction News live blog: Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s takes part in his first PMQs as we wait to hear more detail on how he would shake up housing and infrastructure spending.

12.23pm: That’s all folks. Who won? I’m calling it as a 0-0 draw, with the tie decided in Mr Corbyn’s favour by virtue of a coin toss. Here’s the BBC political editor’s view:

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12.22pm: The housing agenda will take centre stage in the next five years, not unexpectedly, perhaps. But the housing associations question may have been the only slip by the PM. Mr Corbyn’s agenda here will win him and the Labour Party friends.

12.21pm: Points to note: Mr Corbyn’s style was barely challenging, let alone antagonistic. Mr Cameron won’t have had many easier PMQs, but he did appear to conform to the Labour leader’s style which must count as an overall, marginal win for his opponent.

12.20pm: The back and forth between the two leaders is over. Housing associations are public sector organisations and need to feel efficiency restraints placed on other ‘public service’ organisations, according to the PM in what was probably the most interesting line from the Labour leader’s alloted six minute interrogation.

12.16pm: Here’s the new Labour leader.

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12.14pm: Gail (Mr Corbyn) asks about mental health services being on their knees. The chamber is much quieter. If Mr Corbyn wanted to lead the charge away from pantomime politics at PMQs, he has succeeded so far. I dare say there are no MPs willing to be the ones called out for being rowdy for no reason.

12.13pm: Mr Corbyn’s top button is done up today. Tie is spotted gold. Just in case you were wondering.

12.11pm: Corbyn: Claire says how is changing tax credits going to help hard working people.PM refers to past coalition gov’t being left an unaffordable system. Thought we may have heard the end of that one by now…

12.10pm: PM interrupted by heckling, says “I thought this was the new Question Time? I’m not sure the message has got home…”

12.08pm: Should be noted, PM addressed his reponse to ‘Stephen’. Appears PM has been advised to conform to the style of PMQs Mr Corbyn is advocating.

12.07pm: Corbyn: ‘Stephen’ says cut in rents means housing association he works for will lose 150 jobs by March. PM: It’s vital we reform housing associations. They’re a part of the public sector that hasn’t been through efficiency, and it’s time they did.

12.06pm: PM admits we need more affordable housing by listing out government achievements. Encouraging reform of the planning industry, encouraging industry to build more homes. “We won’t get Britain building unless we keep the economy going.”

12.05pm: PM congratulates and welcomes Mr Corbyn. “Where we can work together in the national interest, we should do so…”

12.04pm: Jeremy Corbyn is speaking about the 40,000 replies he received seeking questions for the prime minister. He starts with…. housing.

12.01pm: A very noisy main chamber today, it has to be said. Excitement in the air, this should be fascinating.

11.26am: Quick break to be had before the action begins in earnest just after midday.

11.20am: Social media is currently split 50:50 between ‘hang him’ and ‘oh do talk about something more important, please’.

11.18am: More on man refusing to sing here via Sky News.

11.13am: Our news editor wrote this CN Briefing in August, explaining why Jeremy Corbyn was ‘no joke’.

11.10am: London First’s director of infrastructure policy David Leam has written this for Construction News on what businesses should watch out for.

11.06am: I’m pretty sure Mr Corbyn cycled past me in Richmond the other day but I haven’t made any attempt to prove this. He overtook me so I didn’t get a good look at his face. I didn’t shout out ‘Jezwecan’, which in hindsight was probably a good thing.

11.04am: Here’s a reminder of the Labour leader’s manifesto pledges. Local authority housing plays a big part.

11.01am: He will wear a tie. He probably won’t burst into song. His rousing speech at the TUC has been somewhat overshadowed in the press today…

11am: Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog on the newly-appointed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first prime minister’s questions as leader of the opposition.

Readers' comments (1)

  • 0-0 draw is exactly right - excruciatingly dull as a spectacle. Corbyn parked the bus, but who can blame him? For Corbyn, PMQs is playing at home and he would be expected to go on the attack and hold the government to account.

    But after appointing John McDonnell as SC, failing to appoint any females to senior roles, and of course 30 years of crack pot policies and ill advised comments, he was always going to (and always will) get thrashed on the counter.

    As Cameron said himself, he is more happy than anyone to have an easy ride. Surely this trumps the marginal loss of face of playing Corbyn's game?

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