Jeremy Corbyn steals best PMQs line from Rupa Huq via Hilary Benn

Written by David Singleton on 23 January 2019 in Diary

The old ones are the best as far as Team Corbyn are concerned...

Westminster is generally agreed that nobody won today’s Prime Minister’s Question, but there were two big losers. Namely Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.  

"Increasingly pro the idea of being held behind closed doors," was the scathing verdict from one former political editor of The House magazine.

To nobody’s surprise, the Labour leader took a pounding over his questionable strategy of boycotting the prime minister’s cross-party talks on Brexit. 

For her part, the PM looked defensive and closed-minded as she restated her opposition to a customs union and refused to engage with a crucial question about no deal.





The best soundbite of the exchanges was Corbyn’s jibe to May that "the door to her office is open but the minds inside it are closed".

But Westminster watchers were quick to insist that Corbyn can’t take the credit as it was Hilary Benn who first deployed the line on Monday.

Or was it? In the aftermath on Twitter, evidence emerged to indicate that it was actually Labour MP Rupa Huq who got there first…








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