PMQs Summary (24 Jul, 2019)
Theresa May’s final PMQs was dominated by tributes from MPs across the House.
Regardless of party, MPs paid tribute to May’s commitment and duty, particularly highlighting her record on tackling modern day slavery and supporting victims of domestic abuse.
The exchange between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn took a retrospective tone.
Corbyn listed a number of events from May’s premiership, including various policies which were included in the Conservative manifesto in 2017, and after stating that she had failed to deliver on these promises, he repeatedly asked which of these “U-turns” she most regrets.
Corbyn, and many other backbench MPs, also questioned May on her successor, Boris Johnson. Corbyn asserted that Johnson had “no mandate at all” and urged May to agree that the best thing he could do was to call an immediate general election.
In May’s closing remarks of the exchange, after stressing the difference between the two leaders, she delivered the final barb of her tenure as prime minister.
Immediately after praising Corbyn’s work as a constituency MP, she said: “As a party leader who has accepted when her time was up, perhaps the time is now for him to do the same."
After a series of questions from backbenchers, May delivered a closing statement. Referencing the “extraordinary” current political climate, she said it was the commitment of MPs to their constituents that binds the House together. Reiterating her pledge to remain in the House as MP for Maidenhead, she vowed that this will always be her motivation. Following this statement, she left the Chamber to sustained applause.
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