Wednesday 22 November 2017

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were debating so much about Grenfell that PMQs overran

The tragedy dominated the dicsussion.

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By Jessica Pitocchi

The first PMQs since the General Election was always going to be an interesting one, with so much to get through in such a short space of time.

So it was perhaps unsurprising that the usual half hour slot overran by around 20 minutes as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn exchanged blows over Grenfell Tower.

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Corbyn warned that the tragedy has “exposed the disastrous effect of austerity” and was met with loud shouts from the Tory benches when he focused on spending cuts.

He said: “I was simply making the point, which seems to have upset a lot of members opposite, that when you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety.”

— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) June 28, 2017

— David Jones (@DavidJo52951945) June 28, 2017

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May replied by noting that the cladding of tower blocks began under the government of Tony Blair, adding parties should “come together” to find out what has gone wrong and how it can be prevented in future.

— Andrew Griffiths (@AndyPRG) June 28, 2017

Both were accused of “politicising” the tragedy, and it just didn’t sit quite right with some people.

— Fil Sys (@fil_sys68) June 28, 2017

— Ray Rodden (@roddytherobot) June 28, 2017

Though others thought it’s a fairly difficult situation to avoid.

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