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It’s Christmas and MPs want to go home. Unfortunately the House sits until Thursday, and before that we have the ritual of Prime Minister’s Questions. In the dregs of the year nobody is listening, and Hon. Members feel justified in turning it into their own variety show. There was an excellent quotient of jeers and a number of entertainingly barnstorming speeches, culminating in a particularly fine performance from Stephen Pound (Lab, Ealing North), which was decreed by David Cameron to be worthy of pantomime. It was not the first reference to Christmas in an otherwise lacklustre session.

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