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Cameron And Corbyn Just Had A Bizarre Row About Their Mums At PMQs

"Do up your tie and sing the national anthem."

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have had a bizarre row about their mums at Prime Minister's Questions.

The PM kicked it off after a Labour MP shouted "Ask your mother!" while he was answering a question about council cuts in Oxfordshire.

Cameron said: "Ask my mother? I think I know what my mother would say – she'd look across the despatch box and say, 'Put on a proper suit, do up your tie, and sing the national anthem.'"

His comment sparked long cheers from the Tory benches, while Labour MPs shook their heads.

Corbyn then hit back: "If we're talking of motherly advice, my late mother would have said, 'Stand up for a health service free at the point of use for everybody.'

"Because that's what she dedicated her life to, as did many of her generation."

Earlier this month it emerged that Cameron's mother, Mary, signed a petition against plans to close children's centres in Oxfordshire.

The PMQs session was dominated by the NHS and the junior doctors contract dispute. This is what Corbyn tweeted afterwards.

“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes & shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas & shoddy philosophies" Einstein #pmqs

Corbyn declared that Nye Bevan, the chief architect of the NHS, would be "turning in his grave" at Cameron's attitude towards the health service.

He hit out at the PM for claiming that Bevan, a former Labour health minister, would back Tory plans for a seven-day NHS.

Cameron said: "When you look at the NHS today – and my mother is equally proud of the NHS as I am – 1.9 million more people going to A&E, 1.6 million more operations, 10,700 more doctors, 11,800 more nurses.

"And I have to say, I think if Nye Bevan was here today, he'd want a seven-day NHS because he knew the NHS was for patients up and down our country."

Corbyn replied: "Nye Bevan would be turning in his grave if he could hear your attitude towards the NHS. He was a man with vision, who wanted a health service for the good of all."

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Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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