Five things to look out for at PMQs

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Today sees the first Prime Minister’s Questions since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party. Here are five things to watch out for:

1. Who will be in the doughnut?

Leaders like to have a “doughnut” of supporters around them for the benefit of the watching TV cameras. Few Labour MPs have offered Mr Corbyn full throated support so it remains to be seen who will be happy to sit next to the new leader.

2. A new kind of politics?

Mr Corbyn has promised his leadership will mark a departure from ‘politics as usual’. Will he try and move PMQs away from Punch and Judy politics?

3. Determined or despairing?

Whether Corbyn supporters or not, Labour MPs have been urged to unite in their opposition to the Conservative Government. Will Labour’s backbences be animated or subdued?

4, Statesman or Flashman?

While most of the attention will be on Mr Corbyn, the Prime Minister’s approach will also be under scrutiny. Will he be the constructive statesman or will ‘Flashman’ Cameron make an appearance?

5, Will it get personal?

Will Conservative backbenchers be told to focus on policy and, if so, will they do as they are told or use their questions to launch personal attacks on Mr Corbyn?