Theresa May takes on first PMQs

James Harrison

New Prime Minister Theresa May put in a strong performance for her debut at the despatch box for PMQs.

The former Home Secretary, who officially moved into Number 10 on Wednesday, looked fairly unflappable over the course of her half-hour grilling by fellow MPs.

The main confrontation between Mrs May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn proved a one-sided affair, with the Maidenhead MP batting away questions on commitments she has previously set out on social and economic reform.

Responding to one on statistics showing two-thirds of children living in poverty have a parent in work, she said: “We are concerned about it, but the answer is not the Labour Party’s of unlimited welfare – the answer is a strong economy that delivers jobs and delivers well-paid jobs.

“We’re focused on building a country that works for everyone and a society where everyone gets the opportunities they deserve.

“The Labour Party may be about to spend several months fighting and tearing itself apart.

“The Conservative Party will be spending those months bringing the country together.”

Catherine McKinnell (Lab, Newcastle North) asked when a decision could be expected on plans for an expansion at Heathrow Airport.

Mrs May refused to be drawn on a timetable however, simply saying a decision would be made ‘ in due course’.

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