Just days after avoiding a TV debate with other party leaders, Theresa May has been accused of ducking out of another media appearance.
The Prime Minister said she was “too busy” to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and has been accused of “sending a sub” instead.
Instead of appearing at the high-profile interview, Mrs May sent Justine Greening, education secretary, instead.
She had originally intended to send Amber Rudd, the home secretary who stood in for the prime minister during the TV debate, and whose father died recently.
That decision led to ridicule for the PM and the latest might increase criticism.
Jenny Murray, the long-time presenter of the radio programme said Theresa May had “sent a sub” instead of appearing herself.
The Prime Minister has been criticised throughout the election campaign avoiding journalists and the public.
The latest decision has already been criticised.
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Labour-supporting columnist Owen Jones tweeted that her reluctance to face public scrutiny was “rather serious”.
It comes as a latest opinion poll shows that the Tories lead has shrunk since the June 8 election was called.
The lead, which some polls initially put at 20 points over Labour, is down to just five, threatening May’s hopes of securing a majority, according to the Evening Standard poll.
Mrs May though said on Friday that she was working through “the whole campaign”.
Her scheduled interview came after Labour leader was quizzed on the programme earlier in the week when he could not remember the cost of his party’s flagship childcare policy.