Corbyn Challenges May on End of Austerity Statement – PMQs

Corbyn Vs May – Round Six


The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn used PMQs today to question the authenticity of Theresa May’s statement at the Conservative Conference last week claiming that austerity is over.

Laughter erupted in the house as Corbyn led his first question referencing the PM’s announcement regarding Austerity last week. This reaction displays just how much confidence the house has in trusting anything that May says.

Jeremy Corbyn remained strong and statesmanlike, questioning the PM on austerity measures and their effects on public service staff such as teachers.

May would not confirm that austerity would be ended, and avoided directly answering the question several times. Jeremy Corbyn would not drop the question and May relished the chance to slur the opposition by telling a lie that is perpetually told, that the state of the country’s finances were Labour’s fault after their last period in government, when we all know banks were responsible for the economic crash of 2008.

After eight years of Conservative Government, we still do not have any positive change to our country. May announced to the house that one-million fewer people were in poverty, yet homelessness has increased by 169% since 2010.

She said that they are ensuring that work pays, yet nearly four-million people are using food banks in the UK.

She said that 1.9million more children are attending ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools due to Government reforms. However, this is misleading and many have been calling for the Government to stop using this sound bite as it misleads parents about the current state of the education system.

Pressured to give an answer regarding her statement last week, May replied: “Austerity is being brought to an end, what is not being brought to an end is fiscal responsibility”.

This comment still did not confirm that she meant what she said last week during her speech at the Conservative Conference;

“Because, a decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off.”

This was the third time the PM has announced that Austerity is over.

Leading many to question, when in fact, will Austerity be over? And is this just another sound bite to mislead the electorate?

Jeremy Corbyn ended on a strong note, saying that “Austerity is a great big Conservative con!!”


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