'Judge MPs on record, not clothes'
Politicians should be judged by their ideas and record, not their choice in clothes, David Cameron said after being challenged over the Home Secretary's choice of designer outfit.
Theresa May turned heads yesterday by delivering her Conservative Party Conference speech in a Vivienne Westwood trousersuit and jewel-encrusted Russell & Bromley shoes, said to have cost £1,190 and £215.
The tartan Anglomania suit was reportedly most recently seen on catwalk star Cara Delevingne when she celebrated her 21st birthday last month.
The Prime Minister was asked by ITV's Daybreak whether it was appropriate for a Cabinet minister to choose such an outfit when families were struggling with the cost of living.
"Theresa May gave a great speech yesterday. I think what matters is not what politicians are wearing but the ideas in the head and the actions that they are taking," he hit back.
"This is a Home Secretary who has cut immigration, who has cut crime, who has got Abu Qatada out of the country and back to Jordan.
"That's what matters most of all, not whether someone chooses to spend their money on shoes or a suit or whatever."
He pointed out that he cut ministers' pay by 5% when he came to office and froze it for the rest of the parliament.
"I thought it was very important to demonstrate that we are going to cut the cost of our politics and show that politicians weren't getting a good deal," he said.