Theresa May ends PMQs clash by sneering at ‘iiiiiin-credible’ Labour

Written by David Singleton on 1 March 2017 in Diary

Watch: The prime minister looked rather strange.

Theresa May shocked Westminster watchers today as she ended a serious war of words with Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions by speaking in a funny voice.

The pair had clashed repeatedly over the government’s plans to limit the eligibility to personal independence payment (PIP), with Corbyn focusing all of his questions on the topic.

It follows court rulings that would make it easier for people with mental health problems to claim

The Labour leader asked: "Can she look at the effects of her decision to override what an independent court has decided and think again?"

May insisted that current PIP claimants will not lose out - before going on to mock Labour MP Cat Smith for arguing that Labour’s performance in the Copeland by-election was "an incredible achievement".




Also during PMQs, May showed that she was riled by Emily Thornberry when she attacked the shadow foreign secretary for shouting "from her normal sedentary position".

It prompted lobby journalists to conclude that Thornberry was successfully getting under May’s skin – just as Ed Balls used to wind up David Cameron.

PoliticsHome editor Kevin Schofield stated on Twitter: “Emily Thornberry is fast becoming Ed Balls to Theresa May's David Cameron -  ie a pain in the backside at PMQs.”

The New Statesman’s Helen Lewis agreed that Thornberry was “growing into the traditional opposition frontbench role of winding up the PM”.

But Lewis added: “She needs a Balls-like signature gesture.”







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