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

(Photo credit: Steve Bell/The Guardian)

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May could end-up paying dearly for standing by her earlier decision to refrain from participating in the BBC's live political debate last night.

Every leader of the UK's major political parties was represented, namely Jeremy Corbyn representing Labour, Tim Farron for the Liberal Democrats, Caroline Lucas for the Greens, UKIP's Paul Nuttall, Leanne Wood for Plaid Cymru, the SNP's deputy leader Angus Robertson and most strikingly, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd was the stand-in for our prime minister.


BUSY BEE: Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit to Somerset yesterday

Drawing much criticism, a few boos and many laughs, Amber Rudd bore the brunt of the audience's displeasure at the apparently tactical Tory move.

Here are some of the funniest reactions to the prime minister's glaring absence:

Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader speaking on the BBC debate last night:

“Now, Amber Rudd is up next. She is not the prime minister. The prime minister is not here tonight. She can’t be bothered, so why should you? In fact, Bake Off is on BBC Two next, why not make yourself a brew? You are not worth Theresa May’s time. Don’t give her yours.”

“Where do you think Theresa May is tonight? Take a look out of your window. She might be out there, sizing up your house to pay for your social care."

Amber Rudd, Home Secretary on last night's programme:

“Let’s face it, Jeremy only decided to come, I think, late this morning. I was rather hoping Diane Abbott might be here.”

Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary at a public appearance in Swindon:

“This prime minister is for turning but not for turning up.”

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