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The chamber was very full for this first PMQs of the autumn session. Full, except for Ed Miliband, who with two minutes to go was still not in his place. The Prime Minister was in his place, listening to the conclusion of Cabinet Office Questions, looking tanned, somewhat detached. If he had been wearing half moon glasses, he would have been peering over them.

The buzz in the House led the Speaker repeatedly to call for calm, which he did not get. Some of the microphones were not working,…

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