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PMQs: Coalition 'strong and united', says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has described the coalition as "strong and united" after shrugging off Labour criticism of Tuesday's ministerial reshuffle.

At prime minister's questions on 5 September 2012, opposition leader Ed Miliband hit out at the PM's decision to promote Jeremy Hunt from culture secretary to health secretary.

He "should have been sacked" instead, Mr Miliband argued at the PM's first Commons question session since the summer recess.

Meanwhile, Chancellor George Osborne was singled out for particularly stinging criticism, with the Labour leader claiming that "the whole country knows [he] should be sacked".

Members of the crowd at a recent Paralympics medal ceremony who had booed Mr Osborne had "spoken for Britain", Mr Miliband said, attacking the government's record on housing, planning reform, and the economy.

"It's the same old faces, the same old policies: a no-change reshuffle," Mr Miliband concluded.

But Mr Cameron drew attention to perceived divisions on the Labour front bench.

He retorted: "The big difference in British politics is that I don't want to move my chancellor; he can't move his shadow chancellor."

Prompting jeers from Labour MPs, he said: "The fact is, in spite of all the economic difficulty, this is a strong and united government."

In contrast, the opposition was "weak and divided", he added.

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