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Corbyn silences rowdy House of Commons by reading questions from the public

The new Labour party leader said he and his team sifted through 40,000 questions from members of the public and he put some to the Prime Minister today.

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JEREMY CORBYN, THE British Labour party’s new and controversial leader had his first round of ‘Prime Minster’s Questions’ – our equivalent of Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil.

Bucking the trend, as is his way, Corbyn managed to silence what is usually a chaotic scene of theatrics in the British parliament.

He read out a series of questions on issues like housing, mental health and tax which had been sent to him by members of the public. He and his team sifted through some 40,000 questions and the first was from “a woman called Marie”.

What does the government intend to do about the chronic lack of affordable housing and the extortionate rents charged by some private sector landlords in this country?

For anyone wondering whether this was just a big publicity stunt, Marie herself called LBC Radio just minutes after her question was read out to say how delighted she was.

During Corbyn’s time, the regular shouts and heckles from other MPs died down and Prime Minister David Cameron had to appear to take them seriously as they came from citizens rather than from a member of the opposition.

And his new approach seems to have gone down well:

Tweet by @Karl Turner MP Source: Karl Turner MP/Twitter

Tweet by @Michael Fabricant Source: Michael Fabricant/Twitter

Watch for yourself above and let us know what you think of this new approach?

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