Some of the funniest reactions to Theresa May's no-show

Cheryl Sanders
June 4, 2017

(L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate, May 31, 2017.

The Greens co-leader was praised for challenging Ms Rudd about why the United Kingdom is the second biggest arms dealer in the world, while Mr Robertson was commended for accusing Labour of "aping Ukip" on immigration.

British party leaders vying for the upcoming June 8 general election have used their first televised debate of this year to attack Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to skip the face-off.

It was of course predictable that the PM would come in for a bit of stick for not bothering to turn up, even though everyone was more than well aware that she wouldn't be in attendance long before the cameras started rolling.

"We have said we will continue to reduce those numbers", she said.

Earlier, Mr Farron was quick to hit out at the Prime Minister, asking the audience "where do you think Theresa May is tonight?'"

"It's as though he thinks it's some sort of game - a game of Monopoly perhaps where you ask the banker for the red money to pay electrics, the green money to buy the railways and the yellow money to buy the gasworks", she said.

Ms Rudd said Mrs May was the only leader who could deliver a good deal for the country, with "a weak team and such weak support" behind Mr Corbyn.

Don't send someone else out to do what you wouldn't do yourself is a good maxim for a boss - but this was more than that - this was the very time to show leadership. "A country that takes the decisions that matter to Britain here in Britain".

Prime Minister Theresa May has been mocked by opposition leaders for failing to face them in a televised debate just days out from Britain's election. "Come on Prime Minister, come and have a chat, come and have a debate and I can be ever so polite, but there are a number of questions I want to put to you".

On security, Mr Robertson accused Ukip of "going straight for the Muslims" in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

At that point the Home Secretary was laughed at by the audience as she called for people to "judge us on our record" on the public finances.

Ms Rudd said the plans would mean winter fuel payments will not be paid to millionaires but would not give specific figures.

Mr Corbyn defended his speech last week linking the Manchester bombing to Britain's military interventions overseas, winning support from Mr Robertson and applause from the audience. "We will make sure that our defence budget is well-funded and we will do that by having a strong economy and make sure we can do that by having a strong industry".

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