Corbyn hijacks Theresa May’s first EVER Facebook Live

15 May

Jeremy Corbyn hijacked Theresa May‘s first ever appearance on Facebook Live to demand a TV debate.

But Mrs May dismissed his call, saying that it was more important for her to take questions directly from voters.

Among the scores of questions, Mrs May was asked to discuss her experience of type one diabetes.

The Tory leader revealed that she injects herself with insulin four or five times a day but urged fellow sufferers not to allow the illness to hold them back from doing what they want in life.

Jeremy Corbyn hijacked Theresa May’s first ever appearance on Facebook Live to demand a TV debate

Theresa May was bombarded with 'angry' emojis at one point in the interview when she discussed giving Parliament a free vote on fox hunting

Theresa May was bombarded with 'angry' emojis at one point in the interview when she discussed giving Parliament a free vote on fox hunting

Theresa May was bombarded with ‘angry’ emojis at one point in the interview when she discussed giving Parliament a free vote on fox hunting

But Mrs May dismissed Mr Corbyn's  call, saying that it was more important for her to take questions directly from voters.

But Mrs May dismissed Mr Corbyn's  call, saying that it was more important for her to take questions directly from voters.

But Mrs May dismissed Mr Corbyn’s  call, saying that it was more important for her to take questions directly from voters.

Mrs May will hope the unorthodox appearance will improve her standing among young voters – the only group generally polling in favour of Mr Corbyn.

But the interview was bombarded by almost 10,000 people smashing the ‘angry’ button – far outweighing ‘likes’ and ‘loves’, which while the interview was taking place added up to about 5,000.

Asked by a fellow diabetes patient about her own experience of the condition, Mrs May said: ‘I am a type one diabetic. That means when I eat, I have to inject insulin, which I do.

‘I will be injecting myself four or five times a day… You just get into a routine. You depend on that insulin and you just build that routine into your daily life.

What is diabetes? 

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. 

It can lead to heart disease, stroke, vision loss and kidney problems unless managed properly.

There are two types of diabetes.

Type 1  diabetes is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.

Source: NHS Direct  

‘The crucial thing to me is being a diabetic doesn’t stop you from doing anything.’ 

At one point in the 45-minute clash, ITV political editor Robert Peston paused to tell her he had received a query from ‘Jeremy Corbyn of Islington’.

He read out: ‘Hello Theresa May, as Prime Minister you’ve served your elite friends by giving them tax cuts when wages have stagnated, house-building is at its lowest since the 1920s, there are 20,000 fewer police on our streets since 2010 and the NHS is in crisis.

‘Do you not think the British people deserve to see me and you debate live and on television?’

Mrs May responded: ‘What I think is more important is actually that I and he take questions directly from the voters.

‘I don’t think people get much out of seeing politicians having a go at each other, I think people want to hear directly.’ 

Jeremy Corbyn sent out a tweet thanking ITV Political Editor Robert Peston for selecting his question from the thousands submitted during the unprecedented Q&A 

Jeremy Corbyn sent out a tweet thanking ITV Political Editor Robert Peston for selecting his question from the thousands submitted during the unprecedented Q&A 

Jeremy Corbyn sent out a tweet thanking ITV Political Editor Robert Peston for selecting his question from the thousands submitted during the unprecedented Q&A 

ITV will on Thursday host a live televised election debate in Salford, and has said that an invitation to the leaders of the seven biggest parties will remain open until the broadcast starts.

But Mrs May has insisted she will not take part in any televised head-to-head clashes with her rivals, and Mr Corbyn has indicated he will not take part if the Prime Minister is absent. 

Six highlights from the PM’s ITV Facebook Live interview

On Fox Hunting:

Theresa May: ‘I have always supported fox hunting, but crucially I am not saying that I am going to bring it back, what I’m saying is we are going to have a free vote in parliament so MPs are going to be able to make up their own mind on this issue.

‘But look, this isn’t the most important issue facing people at this election.

‘I think the most important issue is about who is going to provide the leadership for the future to take us through Brexit and beyond.’ 

On Brexit and the rights of EU citizens living in the UK:

Theresa May: ‘I think it’s important that we are able to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living here.

‘But I also want to see the rights of UK citizens living in the remaining 27 EU countries being guaranteed as well.

‘That’s why I say it is a reciprocal arrangement I am looking for and I want to see that done at an early stage. It can be quite complex, but I want to see it done at an early stage.’ 

On another Scottish independence referendum: 

Theresa May: ‘The SNP at the time of the 2014 referendum not only said actually that it was a once in a generation referendum vote, but they said it was a once in a lifetime vote.

‘I don’t think it’s right to talk about a second independence referendum, particularly now when we are facing the Brexit negotiations.

‘This is the time when the UK should be working together and not pulling apart.

‘And I think the SNP has had a tunnel vision about this issue and what we need to be doing is making sure we are getting the right deal out of Brexit.’

On PIP payments to those with an illness, disability or mental health issue:

Theresa May: ‘It’s right that the Department for Work and Pensions has been and continues to look at that assessment process.

‘Some people say don’t have an assessment process, abolish it, but I don’t think that’s right.

‘I think that we need to make sure that we are seeing the money go to those people who need it, but of course we need to certainly be looking at how that process is undertaken so we make sure it is a system that is genuinely identifying those that are in need.’

On legalising cannabis: 

Theresa May: ‘There have obviously been some studies into the use of cannabis, or derivatives in relation to the medical use.

‘The reason I don’t believe in legislating making cannabis use legal is because of the impact that I see it having on too many people in terms of the drug use

‘OI think what we have seen is stronger forms now being used, I think it can have a real impact in terms of mental health.

‘But it can also lead to people going on to harder drugs, and there is a wonderful woman in my constituency, a woman called Elizabeth Burton Phillips who runs something called DrugFAM which supports families.

‘One of her twin sons. They both started on cannabis when they were at school and went on to heroin and one of her twin sons committed suicide.

‘This has a huge impact on families.’ 

 On school funding:

 Theresa May: ‘First of all, record levels of funding are going into our schools.

‘There are two things happening – one is a question about the level of funding that’s going into schools now, and it’s around £40 billion.

‘And the other question is about a new formula for distributing the money between schools, and we consulted on that formula.

‘Across the political spectrum people recognise that the current way of distributing funds among schools is not fair.’

More than 40,000 questions were submitted during the 40 minute broadcast and Mrs May answered dozens of queries on food banks, fox hunting, the armed forces, benefits, tax avoiders and cannabis legalisation. 

And she discussed her taste in fashion, saying that her message to other women wondering what to wear in the workplace was: ‘Don’t be afraid to be yourself.’ 

On fake news videos about her during the Tory leadership campaign Mrs May said:  ‘During the Conservative Party leadership campaign we started to see nasty videos sent around about me. 

Mrs May revealed her experience of suffering diabetes during the Facebook Live event, revealing she injected insulin four or five times a day 

Mrs May revealed her experience of suffering diabetes during the Facebook Live event, revealing she injected insulin four or five times a day 

Mrs May revealed her experience of suffering diabetes during the Facebook Live event, revealing she injected insulin four or five times a day 

More than 40,000 questions were submitted during the 40 minute broadcast and Mrs May answered dozens of queries on food banks, fox hunting, the armed forces, benefits, tax avoiders and cannabis legalisation

More than 40,000 questions were submitted during the 40 minute broadcast and Mrs May answered dozens of queries on food banks, fox hunting, the armed forces, benefits, tax avoiders and cannabis legalisation

More than 40,000 questions were submitted during the 40 minute broadcast and Mrs May answered dozens of queries on food banks, fox hunting, the armed forces, benefits, tax avoiders and cannabis legalisation

‘I didn’t see any of them, I’m told it’s in the realms of claims that weren’t accurate.’

The PM added: ‘Social media does bring huge benefits.

‘One of the things I want is for people to be able to ask social media companies to remove their record sup to the age of 18.’  

One Twitter user poked fun at the PM during her Facebook Live interview when so many viewers posted 'angry' emojis it obscured her face 

One Twitter user poked fun at the PM during her Facebook Live interview when so many viewers posted 'angry' emojis it obscured her face 

One Twitter user poked fun at the PM during her Facebook Live interview when so many viewers posted ‘angry’ emojis it obscured her face 

Another Twitter user was also quick to point out the flood of emoji faces 

Another Twitter user was also quick to point out the flood of emoji faces 

Another Twitter user was also quick to point out the flood of emoji faces 

Asked if she will she see Brexit to its close, Mrs May said: ‘If elected I will certainly serve my full term.

‘I want to make sure Brexit happens and it’s a good deal for the UK’.

She adds: ‘I think we can do it in two years.’

The appearance on Facebook Live came after the Prime Minister was confronted by Cathy Mohan, who has learning difficulties, during her visit to Abingdon today

The appearance on Facebook Live came after the Prime Minister was confronted by Cathy Mohan, who has learning difficulties, during her visit to Abingdon today

The appearance on Facebook Live came after the Prime Minister was confronted by Cathy Mohan, who has learning difficulties, during her visit to Abingdon today

Mrs May faced several questions about fox hunting and said: ‘Fox hunting is something which you either believe in and you support it or you don’t.

‘No I’ve never been fox hunting.’

PM IS PUT IN HER PLACE WITH ‘BEST OF BAD BUNCH’ JIBE 

Theresa May is riding high in the polls and on track for a whopping majority on June 8.

But she was brought down to earth today by a voter who told her she was the ‘best of a bad bunch.

The jibe came as the PM toured the market in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. 

Mrs May insisted she was ‘flattered’ by the grudging acceptance that she was better than Jeremy Corbyn.

‘I’ll take that as flattering,’ she said.

She added: ‘If you look at the research that has been done, there is an issue around how you cull the fox population…

‘I believe it should be a free vote for Parliament. I think people do feel strongly about it but there are many other issues people will be looking.’ 

Mrs May was also confronted by a questioner demanding to know why former Ukip leader Nigel Farage had not been given a knighthood. The PM laughed but did not reply.

The Prime Minister’s Facebook appearance came hours after she was confronted during a walkabout in Oxfordshire by a woman with learning disabilities who complained that cuts in her benefits had left her without enough money to live on.

Cathy Mohan told the PM that she had only £100 a month in Personal Independence Payments to live on and pleaded for the return of the Disability Living Allowance, which was replaced by PIP under Government reforms.

Mrs May told Peston the PIP reforms were ‘part of trying to ensure that we focus payments on those who most need it, those who are most vulnerable’.

Mrs May has spent the entire election campaign around 20 points ahead of Labour – figures which suggest a Conservative majority of around 150 on June 8

She added: ‘There are a number of issue people raise around PIPs. One is about the assessment process and we have been making changes in that to make that a better process for people. We want to try to help those disabled people able to get into the workplace to do so.’

Mrs May stopped short of recommitting to the long standing policy of free bus passes for pensioners.

She said: ‘I’d rather wait until we publish that package in the manifesto for people to see what we’re going to do.’

Mrs May said that she did not mind comments about her fashion sense, repeating a story she has told before about a woman who told her that her distinctive shoes had inspired her to go into politics.

‘What I would hope for women out there, be it getting into politics or in business or the workplace generally, is be yourself,’ she said.

‘Obviously there is some employment where you have to wear a particular uniform, but generally don’t be afraid to be yourself.’

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