PMQs 25/10/17: Instant Reaction

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By Sub-Editor Eric Kostadinov

Note: views expressed are those of the individual and not representative of TalkPolitics

At this weeks PMQ’s Jeremy Corbyn started with a very straightforward question regarding Universal Credit, and asked the PM to stop its rollout considering the 299-0 vote against it in the House of Commons last week. Theresa May defended Universal Credit strongly, and listed the aims of the rollout convincingly.

May then attacked the last Labour government for its alleged benefit culture, with Corbyn responding by listing some Labour achievements such as the introduction of the Minimum Wage. Theresa May’s continued attacks on the last Labour government seem to show a whiff of desperation, considering how long ago it has been since the Labour Party were in power.

Despite this, May did appear stronger and more confident than her frankly disastrous performance last week. Corbyn continued to focus on Universal Credit – an area that he clearly thinks the public side with Labour on. Crucially, he was able to use Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith as another example of internal disputes within the Conservative party on Universal Credit. May continued to defend Universal Credit and stated that the rollout will stop people being dependant on benefits.

Corbyn then turned to low pay, and asked the government in the next budget to address the issue of low pay jobs. May again defended her government’s record, and did make a valid point when saying that Labour’s Tax Credits programme was essentially a top-up for workers who were paid too little.

Corbyn ended with a rallying cry against the government, questioning its strength and ideological conflicts. May again tried to continue the narrative that the Labour Party remain a high tax high borrowing party, even going one step further and claiming the party was trying to sabotage Brexit negotiations. Corbyn still appears more Prime Ministerial than ever, however May came across far stronger than she has appeared for a long time.

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