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Normally, on Wednesday afternoon, the House of Commons is transformed into a bickering cockpit as the Prime Minister faces Prime Minister’s Question Time. It begins with a routine question about the PM’s engagements and is followed by questions from the leader of the main opposition party (currently, David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party), and leader of the second biggest opposition party (the Liberal Democrats).

Then junior MPs vie to gain the eye of the Speaker of the House of Commons who will invite other MPs to speak, addressing them not by their  name but as, “The Right Honourable Member for…”, followed by the name of their constituency (Electoral District being the US equivalent), and the Prime Minister seeks to parry any hostile questions with the benefit of the briefing he is given by key advisors before this time-hallowed spectacle, which enthrals some and appals others, takes place.

Today, however, politics was silent, as PM Gordon Brown stood up to express his condolences to David Cameron, whose six-year-old son, Ivan, died early this morning of complications arising from Cerebral Palsy. What made the Prime Minister’s tribute deeply moving was that Gordon Brown himself lost his own prematurly-born first child who died ten days after she had been born.

In the words of a BBC correspondent, the Prime Minister and the Man Who Would Be Prime Minister are now united by an extraordinary bond as both have lost first-born children.

Out of respect for Ivan and his family, PMQs was cancelled.

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