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May notes Corbyn's PMQs appearance could be his last

Theresa May paid barbed tribute to the opposition leader.

Prime Minister Theresa May ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn's record as Labour leader in his final appearance before his contest with challenger Owen Smith is settled.

"I recognise that this may very well be the last time that he has an opportunity to face me across this dispatch box - certainly if his members of parliament have anything to do with it, " she said at Prime Minister's Questions.

She added: "I accept that he and I don't agree on everything, well actually be don't probably agree on anything."

Mrs May added a barbed tribute to Mr Corbyn, who in spite of opposition from his MPs is favourite to be returned as leader thanks to huge support among his party's voting membership.

"He has made his mark," she told the Commons. "He wants coal mines without mining them, submarines without sailing them and he wants to be Labour leader without leading them."

She added: "One thing we know: whoever is Labour leader after their leadership election, it will be the country that loses."

The deadline for ballot papers to be returned in the contest between Corbyn and Smith is September 21, with the result to be announced at a special conference in London three days later.


May challenges Corbyn to welcome employment boost

Theresa May criticised her opponent for failing to mention the latest employment figures.

Prime Minister Theresa May challenged Jeremy Corbyn to "welcome the employment figures today" that showed unemployment had fallen by 39,000 to 1.63 million between May and July.

Mrs May said it meant "more people in work than ever before, wages rising above inflation that's more people with a pay packet, more money in those pay packets".

She added: "What would Labour offer? More taxation and misery for working families."

Jeremy Corbyn said zero hours contracts still meant uncertainty for almost a million in work.

Mr Corbyn said he was glad to see people in work but attacked the uncertainty in the job markets.

"Of course I welcome anyone who has managed to get a job (to help) keep their families together," Mr Corbyn replied.

"The problem is there is almost a million of them on zero hours contracts who don't know what they're going to be paid from one week to the other."

May and Corbyn clash over grammar schools at PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of pursuing an education policy of "segregation" as the pair clashed at Prime Ministers Questions over the Government's aim to introduce new grammar schools.

The Labour leader dedicated a series of questions to the controversial policy, challenging the Prime Minister to name any education experts that back her on introducing more selection into schools.

Mrs May refused to name a significant backer, but accused Mr Corbyn of living in the past, saying: "Can I say to the honorable gentleman that he needs to stop casting his mind back to the 1950s."

Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of introducing a system of segregation.

Despite opposition from some sections of her own party - including the outgoing former prime minister David Cameron - on selection, she attempted to define the difference between her party and her rival leader.

"He believes in equality of outcome. We believe in equality of opportunity," she said. "He believes in levelling down. We believe in levelling up."

Mr Corbyn replied: "Equality of opportunity is not segregation at the age of 11."

Mrs May said both leaders had benefitted from the system. "He went to a grammar school. I went to a grammar school. It's what got us where we are today."

Mr Corbyn said he wanted the education system to offer "good education for every child".

Labour a 'laughing stock', May tells Corbyn

The prime minister said Labour was a "laughing stock" as she poked fun the "traingate" story.

Last month, Jeremy Corbyn was filmed sitting on the floor of a train complaining about "completely ram-packed carriages".

But CCTV was later released showing him appearing to walk past empty seats.

Theresa May said everything Mr Corbyn says "tell us all we need to know about modern Labour".

She said: "The train's left the station, the seats are all empty, the leader's on the floor - even on rolling stock they're a laughing stock."

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