What these politicians did during the end credits of the debate perfectly summed up the entire night

Louis Dor
Thursday 01 June 2017 09:30

Last night's BBC debate was attended by most of the leaders of the parties present.

The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon sent Westminster leader Angus Robertson in her place.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, having pitched the election as a personality battle between her 'strong and stable leadership' and Jeremy Corbyn's weakness, failed to turn up to defend her record, sending Home Secretary Amber Rudd in her place.

Rudd fared poorly, particularly when she asked the crowd to judge the Conservatives on their record, who promptly burst into laughter.

Perhaps the greatest moment of the seven-way shouting match came at the end, when they all finally shut up.

The credits rolled and the synopsis crystallised in the actions of the leaders.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, having played the role of attack dog against Theresa May (bizarrely even imploring viewers to switch to Bake-Off rather than listen to Amber Rudd) skipped off the stage solo without a care in the world, to go shake hands with the moderator and the crowd.

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Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd, having endured a tough night of attacks on her government on all sides, appeared static and shook hands at first with Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, before standing alone on the stage.

Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images(Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images)

This was the only handshake Paul Nuttall managed while the credit's rolled, having vilified immigrants and Muslims for a large part of the debate, as he was approached by no others political leaders during the pan out.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, Leanne Wood and Caroline Lucas all appeared to be convivially shaking hands.

Pretty much sums up the proceedings.

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