Many people have been wondering where Theresa May has been, after the stand-in prime minister apparently went into hiding following a lacklustre start to the Conservative election campaign.

Isobel seems to have the answer:

The Express and Star seems to have corroborated this claim:

Graham Mills, 73, who lives on Alderdale Avenue, Sedgley, Dudley, where the PM went campaigning on Saturday morning, said he was ‘really disappointed’ with the PM’s performance – and even refused her permission to walk on his lawn.

“I was cutting my grass at the time when I saw a load of cars pull up and she came towards me.

“First of all she asked if she could walk across my lawn and I said no, not really, I have just cut it.

“I started by asking her why she would not debate the other leaders on the TV and she said ‘well we meet every Wednesday’ and I said that is hardly an answer and asked if she thought she owed it to the public. Again I did not really get an answer.

“I asked her why she was running the exact same campaign as David Cameron did with Lynton Crosby and employing the same scare tactics by suggesting Labour would form a coalition with the SNP, which she knows they wouldn’t. It is scare tactics.

“I was amazed at how nervous she was.

“She spoke about Europe saying we had to get things back so I asked her why doesn’t she start at home

“She kept giving me stock answers every time – which was that it would be worse under Labour. I was really disappointed.”

Source: ‘Stay off my lawn Prime Minister’: Local unimpressed as Theresa May targets Black Country

“Stock answers” – because it seems the Conservative Party has no policies (or at least none it can offer to the public). Could the image at the top of this article provide the reason for that? Is it the reason Mrs May has banned the press from her events and members of the public have been ordered not to ask questions or talk to the press afterwards?

Is it the reason Mrs May’s appearances are so rare?

In comparison to Jeremy Corbyn, she has been nowhere and seen nobody – as Scott Nelson points out here (I think ‘Mainenhead’ is supposed to be her home constituency of Maidenhead):

Still, if her encounter with Mr Mills is any yardstick, it’s no wonder Mrs May is staying out of the light. As Eoin Clarke puts it, “Theresa May met her first real person in this election campaign & she crumbled. What a weak PM she is.”

Yesterday, Mrs May was nowhere to be seen. Luckily (for her), BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was around to cover for her:

Best response to that howler came from Kerry-Anne Mendoza: “The PM is invisible in the run-up to a general election, and this is how Kuenssberg spins it. I can’t even…”

As for letting Labour “stew in its own juice” – Jeremy Corbyn announced yet another excellent Labour policy: Repealing the Tories ‘vicious’ trade union legislation, introduced last year.

He added that a Labour government would also carry out an inquiry into the practice of blacklisting, and into the “Battle of Orgreave” in the miners’ strike – acknowledging a demand that the Tories have been ignoring for many months.

Labour isn’t hiding – as Angela Rayner points out pictorially:

Back with Mrs May, we find… We find…

We find she is nowhere to be seen:

If you want “strong and stable”, vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Theresa May – and her Conservative Party – is neither.

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