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News | Published May 01 2019

PMQs Summary (1 May, 2019)

Today’s PMQs, after a brief recess, saw Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn focus on living standards in the UK.

The session began with remembrance of the 1707 Union Act, with today being its anniversary.

Nicola Sturgeon, who has recently attempted to bring about a second independence referendum, bore the brunt of attacks from the prime minister, who said that another referendum would distract from the serious issues facing Scotland.

Theresa May also attacked Corbyn for not raising mention of the Union Act, an omission she attributed to a kind of political appeasement policy from the Labour party.

The more substantive topic today was living standards, with Jeremy Corbyn beginning with the basic claim that life expectancy increases are coming to a halt, due largely to bad governance from the Conservative government.

Theresa May was quick to reject this claim about life expectancy, saying that it simply isn’t the case.

Corbyn also said that social mobility is declining, infant mortality is rising and that food banks are becoming increasingly used.

May said that the Conservative government has been tackling these issues in earnest by increasing employment (which she called “the best route out of poverty”) and by providing help “at all stages of life” in terms of public services.

Mention was also made of the difficulties faced in the adult social care sector.

In defence of the Conservative government’s record, May cited a CCQ report which showed that issues in the private social care sector have been guaranteed against so that no one misses out on care due to business failure.

To see the backbench questions which followed, see our live Twitter thread.


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Authored by

Thomas Wilson
Political Editor
@theparlreview
May 01 2019

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