Theresa May defends commitment to tackling 'burning injustices' after criticism from Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Prime Minister defended her commitment to "tackling burning injustices" after Jeremy Corbyn claimed her concern over them had "fizzled out".

During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Corbyn said Theresa May had "once claimed to be concerned about burning injustices", adding: "Well, that concern has fizzled out well, hasn't it?".

The comment riled Ms May, who reeled off a list of measures she had brought in to tackle issues in areas such as mental health and workers' rights.



"Was it Labour that introduced the Modern Slavery Act? No it was me. Was it Labour that made sure people in mental health crisis were not being taken to police cells as a place of safety? No, it was me," Ms May replied.

"Was it the Labour party that introduced the Race Disparity Audit, so for the first time we can see what's happening people from across our communities in this country. No it was me and this government."

She added that "austerity was ending" under the Conservative party, echoing chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, who said the same thing during his announcement of the 2018 Autumn Budget on Monday. 

"Debt is falling. Austerity is ending. Under the Conservatives the hard work of the British people is paying off," Ms May said.