Theresa May’s ‘Gillian Duffy’ moment? Tory is confronted with consequences of her benefit cuts

We all remember when Gordon Brown was confronted by Gillian Duffy, called her a “bigoted woman” while his microphone was switched on, and had to eat humble pie afterwards. That was probably what lost Labour the 2010 election.

Now Theresa May has met Cathy, a woman with learning disabilities, in Abingdon Market. Cathy had a few home truths for Theresa:

And this woman thinks she has fooled you into making her prime minister again.

I don’t think for a moment that anybody around Mrs May is stupid enough to let her go around with a live microphone pinned to her after such a meeting – they’ll all remember the Gordon Brown moment – but you can imagine the comments Mrs May must have been making afterwards.

Just take a look at her voting record on social security (“welfare” has been turned into a dirty word by the Tories) and benefits:

“Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability… 0 votes for, 8 votes against, 7 absences between 2015-2016.” That tells you everything you need to know.

But there’s also: “Generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits… 36 votes for, 0 votes against, 18 absences, between 2012-2016”.

36 votes in favour of cutting the vital benefits that some people need in order to survive!

And this woman thinks she has fooled you into making her prime minister again.

After watching new footage of her being booed out of that North Shields community centre…

… I was going to suggest the slogan, “Theresa May! On your way!” to be shouted whenever she’s in earshot.

After listening to Cathy, an alternative might be: “Theresa May! D-L-A!”

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6 thoughts on “Theresa May’s ‘Gillian Duffy’ moment? Tory is confronted with consequences of her benefit cuts

  1. Nick

    it’s a pity I wasn’t there as I would have presented to the prime minister all of the deaths of the sick and disabled that have died in going through welfare reform over the past 7 years
    now that would have been a vote loser with thousands of deaths to which she would have known about but like most mp’s keep their mouths shut

  2. NMac

    You can see why she’s frightened to face real people. It was a wonder Cathy got through the Tory barrier.

  3. Roy Beiley

    Wonder how Cathy managed to get past May’s minders? Unemployment figure just went up by 3 or 4 people!

  4. Stu

    I think it’s guaranteed that she will shrink back from meeting the public and return to the “staged” Tory only meetings, staged press conferences and staged TV appearances.
    Personally I think she should be on stage – “The next Stage out of town”b

    Can’t wait to vote and collect my 16-1 winnings in June !

  5. spirit

    Very concerned about her well-being after this exchange. The Daily M*** chose to publish her full name and, directly under the byline, make the request, “Do you know Kathy *****? Get in touch with the Mail Online newsdesk on…”. Fairly safe to assume they’re not intending to give her a medal so, combined with the avalanche of deeply repellent unmoderated comments below the article, I really hope she comes through this unscathed.

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