BBC election debate 2017: Rudd slams Corbyn over ‘chilling’ votes against anti-terror laws

31 May

But the embattled Labour leader was quick to defend his stance saying Mrs May and Brexit secretary David Davis had also voted against the legislation. 

Speaking in Cambridge, he said: “My opposition to anti terror legislation is not opposition to protecting us from terrorism – it’s saying there must be judicial over sight over what is done in our name.”

Mr Corbyn sprang a surpise this afternoon when he confirmed he would be taking part in tonight’s BBC debate, but Prime Minister Theresa May refused to participate in the clash. 

He threw down gauntlet to Mrs May today, claiming it was “ridiculous” she was not going to participate in the seven-way showdown, involving the Lib Dems, UKIP, SNP, Green Party and Plaid Cymru are also on the panel for the seven-way BBC debate in Cambridge. 

He said: “How ridiculous is that?. Come on, prime minister, come and have a chat, come and have a debate.

Leaders were quick to criticise the prime minister for failing to turn up. 

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron joked voters should “make a brew” and watch Bake Off instead of listening to Ms Rudd.

He quipped: “Theresa May can’t be bothered, so why can you?

“You are not worth Theresa May’s time, so don’t give her yours.”

But earlier today Mrs May insisted she was too busy “thinking about Brexit negotiations” to take part in the debate on BBC1. 

When quizzed over her no show, the prime minister said:”Jeremy Corbyn seems to be paying far more attention to how many appearances on tele he’s doing. I think he ought to be paying a little more attention to thinking about Brexit negotiations. That’s what I’m doing.”

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