PMQs Summary (17 Jul, 2019)
The opening of today’s Prime Ministers Questions was dominated by the issue of antisemitism within the Labour party.
Although Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly tried to pivot the conversation towards the government’s record on climate change, describing the government’s efforts as being “run like Dad’s Army”, Theresa May continually brought focus back to the issue of antisemitism.
Accusing the Labour party of “institutional racism”, she said Corbyn’s legacy would be defined by this issue.
After this heated exchange, Corbyn and May battled over their respective party’s record on air pollution. Referencing the number of deaths which are attributed to air pollution every year, Corbyn attacked the government for a failure to act over this issue, which he described as “suffocating our children.”
May responded by criticising the Labour party’s record, specifically highlighting their support for diesel cars through tax breaks while in government.
Continuing his trend of causing controversy in the chamber, Ian Blackford, the Leader of the SNP in the Commons, referenced Donald Trump’s attack on four US congresswomen before urging May to condemn the racism of the “go home vans” which were organised while she was Home Secretary.
Going further, he criticised the Tory party for “staying quiet” while the “hostile environment” was implemented and in the face of the “racist” columns written by Boris Johnson.
Rounding off a scathing attack on the government, Blackford stated that the Conservative party share the “extremes” of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.
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