Speaker blocks New Statesman question at PMQs

John Bercow objects to question on Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper's plan to "kill" Ed Miliband.

The New Statesman made a guest appearance at today's PMQs. Conservative MP Gavin Williamson referred to an "important piece" in the NS on "workplace bullying" and began to read out the killer quote: "Ed Miliband's team are terrified of Ed Balls and Yvette. They think they're going to come and try and kill him," only to be cut off by an angry John Bercow, who ruled the question out of order.

Those of you who want to know what so excited Williamson should pick up this week's magazine and read Dan Hodges' piece on Labour's internal strife (you can read a preview here). But here, for the record, is the full and uncensored quote from a senior Brownite source who spoke to Hodges:

Ed Miliband's team are terrified of Ed Balls and Yvette. They think they're going to come and try and kill him. And the reason they think that is because they will.


George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

I'm a mole, innit.