Thursday, May 26

Theresa May evokes Margaret Thatcher with jibe at Jeremy Corbyn in first PMQs



Theresa May has prompted a barrage of comparisons with Margaret Thatcher following her first appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Responding to a question from Jeremy Corbyn about workers with unscrupulous bosses, Ms May suggested the embattled Labour leader may have “many members on the opposition benches who might be familiar with an unscrupulous boss”.

Warming to her theme, she suggested: “A boss who doesn’t listen to his workers?”

“A boss who requires some of his workers to double their workload?”

“Maybe even a boss who exploits the rules to further his own career.”

Leaning into the despatch box, Ms May then raised her voice and – in a manner eerily reminiscent of party’s previous female premier – asked Mr Corbyn: “Remind him of anybody?”

Though she was alluding to the fracturing of the Labour party under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, the figure who many people were most reminded of was Margaret Thatcher when she was in her full rhetorical stride.