Not one but both York MPs starred in the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new Parliament.
David Cameron was congratulated and condemned in turn by our parliamentarians at the lunchtime shouting match in the House of Commons on Wednesday (June 3).
First up was Julian Sturdy, the Conservative returned to his York Outer seat at the General Election last month.
Julian Sturdy asks his question
He began with a quick massage of his boss’s ego, saying: “Thanks to the Government’s careful financial stewardship York’s economy continues to grow with unemployment a fraction of what it was five years ago.”
Then came the question:
In his reply Mr Cameron said people claiming unemployment benefit in York Outer “has come down by 74% since 2010”.
On the creation of the “Northern Powerhouse” the Prime Minister said:
Challenged on housing
Rachael Maskell asks her question
The last MP to be called in the first PMQs was the new member for York Central. Labour’s Rachael Maskell tackled the PM on housing, saying:
Is that what the Prime Minister means by aspiration?
David Cameron began his reply by congratulating the York Central MP on her election victory.
He went on:
Both our MPs gave their reaction to PMQs.
One was chuffed with their reply:
However, it is essential that everyone in Yorkshire benefits from devolution, regardless of whether they live in a city or in the countryside.
– Julian Sturdy
The other not so much:
York needs more housing, not less, and I will be speaking up for everyone in the city who needs somewhere to live.
– Rachael Maskell