Thursday 19 October 2017

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn grills Theresa May over televised election debates

By Prudence Wade

In the build-up to the June 8 election, the PM says she will instead be visiting constituencies around the country.

With yesterday’s shock announcement of the snap election, today’s PMQs was predictably rowdy.

Jeremy Corbyn seemed to have a new lease of life and found a number of angles of attack to take on Theresa May. The main issue at hand was that of televised pre-election debates: Corbyn is keen for them, and yet the PM is refusing to participate.

One particularly good zing the Labour leader delivered was: “If she’s so proud of her record, why won’t she debate it?”

May faced shouts of “frit” and “answer the questions” as Corbyn challenged her. May said that instead she will be spending her time visiting constituencies around the country in the lead-up to the June 8 general election.

May’s answers did not seem satisfactory to Corbyn, who took the opportunity to go on the offensive, which impressed viewers.

Many people don’t know why May is so keen to avoid a debate, especially as she is so damning about her opponent.

In fact, some feel like the debates should go ahead regardless of whether May wants one.

All this chat over debates is getting a bit meta.

And so the debate over a debate rages on.

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