Wednesday 21 February 2018

Theresa May distances herself from Daily Mail's 'Crush the saboteurs' headline

The controversial Daily Mail front page
The controversial Daily Mail front page

Gavin Cordon, Press Association Whitehall Editor

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims that MPs and peers opposed to her plans for Brexit are "saboteurs" seeking to frustrate the will of the people.

After the Prime Minister announced she was calling a snap general election to strengthen her hand against opposition parties' attempts obstruct her proposals in Parliament, The Daily Mail ran the story under the front page headline "Crush the saboteurs".

Asked on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme whether she agreed with that description of her opponents, Mrs May replied: "Absolutely not".

She said: "Politics and democracy are about of course people having different opinions, different views.

"It is important in Parliament that people are able to challenge what the Government is doing, that there is proper debate and scrutiny, and that's what there will be."

The Mail's headline was strongly condemned by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said the election was in danger of being "dragged into the gutter".

British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street yesterday Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to make a statement in Downing Street yesterday Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

He tweeted: "Theresa May needs to distance herself this morning from Daily Mail's nasty & divisive front page so election isn't dragged into the gutter."

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