Theresa May and Liz Truss mock Labour in Commons as they ask why all three female PMs have been Tory
Liz Truss opened her first Prime Minister’s Questions by telling MPs: “I am honoured to take my place as Prime Minister in this House"
Theresa May hit out at the Labour Party as Liz Truss began PMQs as the Conservative Party’s third female Prime Minister.
Ms Truss opened her first Prime Minister’s Questions by telling MPs: “I am honoured to take my place as Prime Minister in this House and to take on the responsibility at a vital time for our country.
“I am determined to deliver for everybody across our United Kingdom and I will work constructively with all members of this House to tackle the challenges we face.”
Addressing the new Tory leader, former PM Theresa May took a dig at the Labour Party.
She said: “May I congratulate my right honourable friend and welcome her to her position as the third female prime minister.
"Can I ask my right honourable friend, why does she think it is that all three female prime ministers have been Conservative?”
The question was met a rupture of applause from members of the Conservative Party, no doubt knowing full well that Labour has never been represented by a female leader in the Commons.
Ms Truss replied: “I thank my right honourable friend for her fantastic question, I look forward to calling on her advice from her time in office as I start my work as prime minister.
"It is quite extraordinary isn’t it, that there doesn’t seem to be the ability in the Labour Party to find a female leader or indeed a leader who doesn’t come from north London. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what the issue is.”
Ms Truss will on Thursday set out a plan to save households and businesses from financial ruin as a result of soaring energy bills.
The Prime Minister confirmed that her plan, which is expected to freeze household bills at around £2,500, will be set out in Parliament.
She rejected the idea of using a windfall tax on the bumper profits made by oil and gas giants to fund the package, reported to cost up to £150 billion.
Ms Truss told the Commons: “I will make sure that in our energy plan we will help to support businesses and people with the immediate price crisis, as well as making sure there are long-term supplies available.
“I understand that people across our country are struggling with the cost of living and they are struggling with their energy bills.