Theresa May turns into Margaret Thatcher in her first PMQs

Written by David Singleton on 20 July 2016 in Diary
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Watch: New PM shocked journalists as she channelled the former Tory leader.

Theresa May took Jeremy Corbyn to task over job security in her first Prime Minister’s Questions – and sounded just like Margaret Thatcher.

The new prime minister got into her stride as she started talking about unscrupulous bosses who do not listen to their workers.

May then made a point of leaning forward and dropping her voice. Staring directly at Corbyn, she said “Remind him of anybody?”

 

 

 

 

May’s surprise - if somewhat unsettling - impression came alongside a number of withering put downs, which led most observers to judge her performance as a success.

For his part, Corbyn had sought to identify some gaps between the rhetoric in May’s ‘one nation’ speech on the steps of Downing Street last week and the government’s record.

Focusing on May’s pledge to help working class people who have a job “but don’t always have job security”, Corbyn had asked whether this meant that May would scrap employment tribunal fees or ban zero-hours contracts.

To which the prime minister responded:

"He refers to the situation of some workers who might have some job insecurity and potentially unscrupulous bosses.

"I suspect there are many members on the opposition benches who might be familiar with an unscrupulous boss. A boss who doesn't listen to his workers. A boss who requires some of his workers to double their workload. And maybe even a boss who exploits the rules to further his own career.

"Remind him of anybody?"

As journalists were left reeling by the shock impression, ex-Labour operative Hopi Sen said that May had "sent a prickle of memory of Thatcher's utter contempt for Labour down my neck".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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