PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn and Angus Robertson praised but Lisa Nandy emerges as breakout star

Lisa Nandy, who earned rave reviews for her PMQs performance this afternoon (Getty)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his SNP counterpart Angus Robertson received praise for their performance at Prime Minister's Questions today, with one viewer saying Prime Minister Theresa May had been "roughed up."

Yet their performance was overshadowed by Mr Corbyn's fellow Labour MP Lisa Nandy, who grilled the Prime Minister on revelations that the Home Office had not been completely honest about concerns surrounding Dame Lowell Goddard, the former head of the inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Mr Corbyn has been heavily criticised for his perceived ineffectiveness at PMQs, but today he received praise for pressing Mrs May on the NHS and mental health, although some suggested he could have been more direct and mentioned splits in the Tory cabinet over Brexit.

 

Mr Robertson received even greater praise for asking about the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, asking for assurances that missiles manufactured in Scotland aren't being used by Saudi forces in Yemen.

 

 

Yet Nandy received the most resounding praise for asking of Mrs May: "Can she now finally tell us when she personally learnt of the serious problems developing in [the child sex abuse] inquiry and why it was she took no action at all?"

Nandy, the MP for Wigan, has been gaining admirers for several months but today was very much a watershed, with commentators of all political stripes uniting in praise of the Manchester-born MP.