Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has been criticised for missing the leaders’ debate which took place on 31 May 2017. Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, decided at the last minute to take part on the show, which was also attended by five other party political leaders. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, stood in for the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister defended her decision not to take part by saying:
“I’m interested in the fact that Jeremy Corbyn seems to be paying far more attention to how many appearances on telly he is doing. I think he ought to be paying a little more attention to thinking about Brexit negotiations”.
Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, took part in the debate and said on Twitter:
“Theresa May called this election and now won’t even turn up to debate the issues. Come and defend your record”.
The other participants in the debate were Paul Nuttall (UKIP), Caroline Lucas (Green Party), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) and Angus Robertson (SNP).