Clarification: This piece was updated at 18:10 on 12 September to make clear that Conservative MPs jeered during Corbyn’s speech, and Labour MPs cheered at the end.
Watch Jeremy Corbyn bring the house down with a stunning attack on Theresa May’s “failing” government:
"The prime minister is not challenging the burning injustices in our society" Jeremy Corbyn says
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 12, 2018
“Pouring petrol on the crisis”
During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Corbyn unleashed a passionate attack on the May government’s legacy:
Everywhere you look Mr Speaker this government is failing. One million families using food banks, a million workers on zero hours contracts, four million children in poverty, wages lower today than 10 years ago and on top of that there’s the flawed and failing Universal Credit.
Conservative MPs jeered during his speech. He then declared, to howls of support, that:
The prime minister is not challenging the burning injustices in our society. She’s pouring petrol on the crisis.
Finally, Corbyn rounded off with a simple yet powerful question to an embattled looking May:
When will she stop inflicting misery on the people of this country?
Torn to shreds
Corbyn’s brilliant speech clearly resonated with people on social media:
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) September 12, 2018
Crikey Corbyn really went full throttle.
PM hanging her head in shame before getting up to answer a question she wasn't asked. #PMQs
— Benji #TTFN (@Benjamin_Huish) September 12, 2018
And for many there was one clear winner:
For anyone who missed the exchange between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at PMQs today, the result was Jeremy Corbyn 6, Theresa May 0#PMQs
— Paul Hodgkins (@paulhodgkins3) September 12, 2018
Holy shit Corbyn just wripped May to shreds!! 🤣 #PMQs
— Graham Budden (@graham_budden) September 12, 2018
A true leader
If you're on the receiving end of the govt's welfare policies, universal credit, sanctions, huge cuts etc, you KNOW the truth, you know the reality. We are people, not statistics. #PMQs
— Thomas H. #GTTO (@THemingford) September 12, 2018
Three years ago today, Labour members elected Corbyn as the party’s leader to oppose Tory austerity and bring about a fairer society. After a summer of smears, this speech demonstrated that there’s still only one man for the top job.
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