On Wednesday, the Prime Minister faced her first session of PMQs since the election.
On 8 June the country voted, and returned 316 Tory MPs to the commons, meaning May’s party no longer held majority in the House of Commons.
Although the discussion began with some serious debate about the Grenfell tower fire and the prosecutions linked to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the session quickly dissolved into the usual political one-upmanship. Chiefly about the Conservatives’ failure to win a majority, and Labour’s positioning of itself as a government in waiting.
Several Labour MPs thanked May for increasing their majorities: Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham began his question to the Prime Minister with:
Can I thank the Prime Minister for coming to my constituency of Wrexham during the general election campaign? And for making a widely welcomed u-turn on the dementia tax?
Labour MP Rupa Huq:
Mr Speaker, I must thank the prime minister and most of the cabinet for visiting Ealing during the election, because my majority went up 50 times…
Kevin Brennan, pointed out that the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs in the House of Commons, despite entering into an agreement to prop up the Conservatives, were still going to receive a ‘Short money’, which is money used to support Opposition MPs.
As a result of this election there was no party that had a majority in this House. The party that had the largest number of seats, and the only party that can form an effective government is the Conservative Party. That’s the right thing to do and that’s what we’ve done.
In addition, the new MP Suella Fernandes, who now heads Tory’s powerful European Research Group asked
Will the Prime Minister join me in thanking the good people of Fareham for placing their trust in the Conservatives, and reassuring them that she’s the best person to deliver a prosperity led and successful Brexit?
May used the sycophantic question to reiterate that the Tories won the highest share of the vote and the highest number of seats at the election, and higher number of votes than the Labour Party.