Theresa May was probably bracing herself for a difficult day at the dispatch box after her Government’s first budget u-turn – but Yvette Cooper really made her pay at PMQs.
Chancellor Philip Hammond was forced this morning to abandon his manifesto-breaking plan to raise tax on the self-employed – just a week after announcing it in the budget.
May had the humiliating task of confirming the colossal climbdown at PMQs. She tried to contain the embarrassment by getting the subject out of the way with a sugar coated first question from a Tory MP.
Fortunately, Cooper had kept her copy of the Treasury’s ‘red book’ and brought it along to PMQs. Here’s what happened next:
Even May and Hammond couldn’t help but smile at that one
Far too devastating for a witty reply, May could only shout unconvincingly about how she “welcomes the measures in the spring budget” while Cooper continued to point to the budget.
— Ben (@Jamin2g) March 15, 2017
The Labour MP then moved her Tory trolling onto Twitter, where she helpfully posted photos of the black holes blown in the last two budgets.
2017 £2bn u-turn in a week. 2016 £4bn PIP u-turn in 5 days. No wonder they're abolishing Spring Budgets, they keep ripping them up pic.twitter.com/ZPrmdjCbE8
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 15, 2017
After May’s skewering, Hammond has been summoned to the chamber for his own dressing down.
Someone buy the pair some flip flops – I think they need a holiday…