Theresa May tears into Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

She blamed opposition parties who have been trying to frustrate Brexit for her sudden change of heart after months insisting she will not hold an election - singling out Nicola Sturgeon's efforts to exploit the situation to tear the United Kingdom apart.

"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency".

"The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up".

"And sadly he said the only photos he wanted on his election literature were his own - he wasn't prepared to support the leader of his own party".

Co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley have written to Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron about the plan to stop an "extreme" Brexit.

Asked repeatedly by BBC journalist Justin Webb whether Mr Corbyn or Conservative leader Theresa May was the best person to oversee Brexit as Prime Minister, she declined to give a clear answer.

Praising MPs for backing her during a stump speech in the north-west of England, the PM said: "It's great to be here in Bolton, fresh from the House of Commons, fresh from winning a vote in the House of Commons, which has approved my decision to hold a general election on June 8".

But Labour MP Gisela Stuart, one of the architects of Brexit as co-chair of Vote Leave, said she would be standing down after 20 years as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.

He said: "I am intending to seek renomination from from my local Labour and Co-operative parties to be their official candidate, but I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain's prime minister. It's what democracy needs and what the British people deserve", he said.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We won't be doing television debates".

Live TV debates took place for the first time in a United Kingdom general election in 2010, with three clashes between the leaders of the three biggest national parties, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

No details of format or date have yet been released, but it is expected that Julie Etchingham will host the programme, as she did in 2015, when seven leaders including David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg took part in a two-hour showdown.

Corbyn later ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party.

In past elections, Sky News has joined other broadcasters in urging all major political parties to commit to televised debates.

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