Theresa May loses her grip after Labour MPs’ jibe at PMQs
Did Heidi Alexander manage to touch a nerve?
Opposition MPs who want to get under Theresa May’s skin might want to take their cue from Heidi Alexander.
The Labour MP for Lewisham East used both barrels as she accused the prime minister of being afraid of "right-wing rabid elements of her own party". And she received an interesting response.
May could be seen vigorously shaking her head throughout the intervention at Prime Minister’s Questions.
She then slammed her notes down on the Despatch Box with such ferocity that she lost her grip and the notes almost ended up on the floor of the chamber.
To the delight of many Labour MPs.
"Sure she doesn't like it. But @heidi_mp is correct. May has run scared of the hard right," tweeted Alison McGovern.
Chris Bryant took to Twitter to declare that May’s paper throwing was evidence that she was "so flustered" by Alexander's line of questioning.
The Open Britain campaign also seized on Alexander’s "brilliant" attack on May, while BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the Labour MP was "on robust form".
Alexander had said: "This week the public have witnessed the most extraordinary spectacle of the prime minister ramping up the no deal rhetoric on Brexit and backtracking on her commitment to stay in the single market and Customs Union for transition. All because she’s afraid of the most right-wing rabid elements of her own party.
"When prices are going up in our shops, when the country’s credit rating has been cut and when businesses are actively considering moving jobs overseas, don't the British people deserve better than a PM simply running scared?"
May responded: "The Honourable Lady could not be more wrong. First of all we're not ramping up the no deal scenario, we are actively working with the negotiations with the EU to ensure that... we get a good deal, the right deal for Britain for a brighter future for this country."
She added: "It's what I set out in my Florence speech. I recommend the speech to the Honourable Lady."