Theresa May supporter defends Tory social care policy and says 'dementia doesn't kill you'

'The Tory social care policy isn't a dementia tax, cancer will kill you, dementia won’t', says journalist

Theresa May was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A key supporter of Theresa May has defended the Tories' social care policy and insisted dementia doesn't kill - a comment which drew incredulity from Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Laura Perrins, co-editor of The Conservative Woman, spoke to Julia about last night's leadership debate, which has prompted sharp criticism for the Prime Minister.

May has been heavily criticised for her pledge to make people pay more for social care, after she performed a u-turn and said people's exposure would be capped.

Perrins said "I genuinely think it's a sensible policy. If we don't tackle care, it's going to bankrupt the country. When you're receiving care, it is a service."

When Julia asked why we don't make people care for their own cancer treatment, Perrins responded "I don't think it's a dementia tax. Care is different to cancer.

"Cancer will kill you, dementia won't."

The journalist also said May needs to double down on the Brexit and terrorist issue, as the election is still a fight, but believes she did well in yesterday's interviews.

Listen to the full interview above