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25 May 2010

Cameron goes for the jugular

Graceless? Or powerful?

By James Macintyre

David Cameron began his contribution to an otherwise cordial set of exchanges in the House of Commons today by immediately condemning Harriet Harman for failing to “apologise” for the “mess” that the UK was left in after Labour’s third term in office.

To shakes of the head from Harman, Alan Johnson and David Miliband, Cameron went straight on the attack, as he did in opposition. The move will have divided opinion in the House.

Cameron was, however, humorous. He highlighted the campaign literature of Don Foster, the Lib Dem who seconded the motion, which attacked “this new generation of Home Counties Tories”.

The Prime Minister then challenged Harman to stand for the leadership of the Labour Party, describing the current candidates as being “two brothers [the Milibands] and a man who stopped his wife from standing [Ed Balls, regarding Yvette Cooper]”.

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On a serious note, Cameron argued for increased pressure on Iran.

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