IT was a case of practice makes perfect for Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.
Video coverage of this week’s prime minister’s question time shows Ms Dinenage asking David Cameron about a defence contract, while her husband Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes, sits in the background mouthing her lines at the same time.
To see Ms Dinenage speaking, skips to 29.12 in the video above
Ms Dinenage said her partner knew her speech regarding Gosport’s Chinook helicopter deal - as they had sat in the House of Commons tea room 10 minutes before to go over it.
The Gosport MP said the atmosphere is ‘intimidating’ during PMQs and it’s essential MPs get their lines right and do work in advance.
She said: ‘That morning I sat down and quickly went over how it was going to go.
‘I rehearsed it with my husband about 10 minutes before because it’s such an intimidating environment.
‘Every is shouting and screaming, you don’t want to fluff your lines and you have very limited time.
‘I wouldn’t normally prepare in advance but because it was PMQs, there’s that much more pressure.
‘The speaker signals for you to hurry up and there are all the voices all around you and the unsupportive voices from the other side so it’s important you deliver your lines clearly and quickly.’
Ms Dinenage asked Mr Cameron - following the government’s announcement of a £420m deal to service Chinook helicopters in Gosport - whether he would make reassurances over his commitment to defence spending and jobs. The prime minister said he would.