Prime minister’s absence at televised debate sparks controversy

Just 8 days before the UK’s snap elections, seven party leaders gathered for a televised debate to outline their view for the UK. However, the absence of Prime Minster May dominated the debate as the other party leaders took time to lambast her absence as evidence she was unfit to lead the country. In her stead the Home Sectary, Amber Rudd stood in, rationalising her absence by stating Mrs May was occupied preparing for Brexit negotiations. Commentators prised the Home Sectary on her performance under pressure coming from the seven other party leaders. Today Mrs May will endorse the message that Brexit is a ‘national mission for the UK’ and to get it right will enable the UK to become a ‘confident, self-governing country once again’