As a mark of respect to David Cameron and his family in the wake of the death of his son, Ivan, there will be no weekly Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Instead, there will be brief statements from Gordon Brown, William Hague and Vince Cable (who is deputising for Nick Clegg, who is on paternity leave), which we cover below.

Gordon Brown began by paying tribute to those recently killed in action overseas. He then expressed his sorrow at the death of Ivan Cameron, saying he knew "he brought joy to all those around him" He went on: "The death of a child is an unbearable sorrow that no parent should have to endure".

William Hague thanked Gordon Brown for his words on behalf of David Cameron and for initiating the cancelling of PMQs. He added that he had spoken to David Cameron this morning and also passed on gratitude to all the NHS staff and care workers who had cared for Ivan during his short life.

Vince Cable expressed his condolences on behalf of the Lib Dems and his hope that the Camerons would be given the space and privacy to grieve.

Michael Martin then expressed his own sympathies and suspended the Commons as a mark of respect to Ivan until 12.30pm.

Jonathan Isaby

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