MP steps up to chal­lenge at PMQs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Drama At Singleton Lake -

Ash­ford MP Damian Green was thrust into the po­lit­i­cal lime­light yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) as he pre­pared to stand in for Theresa May at Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions.

Mr Green was tak­ing the place of the PM as she was away from the House of Com­mons wel­com­ing the King and Queen of Spain to London.

His first ap­pear­ance at the dis­patch box as Mrs May’s deputy comes at a test­ing time for the party, with spec­u­la­tion con­tin­u­ing over the prospect of the PM fac­ing a lead­er­ship chal­lenge.

Asked about the prospect of tak­ing PMQs, Mr Green said: “I am both look­ing for­ward to it and there is an el­e­ment of trep­i­da­tion about it too.”

The glad­i­a­to­rial na­ture of the weekly event makes PMQs one of the tough­est po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges and most lead­ers ad­mit – usu­ally on their re­tire­ment or res­ig­na­tion – that they found the 30-minute rit­ual some­thing they dread.

For­mer Con­ser­va­tive party leader and Folke­stone & Hythe MP Michael Howard ad­mit­ted that he found it hard to score points against then PM Tony Blair, say­ing: “Tony Blair was mas­ter of the art and usu­ally got the bet­ter of me, al­though I did have my mo­ments.”

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