'It's Woeful': Question Time Audience Member Roasts Minister Over All The Tories' Failures

The woman attacked the government's record on crime, green energy and housing
The woman attacked the government's record on crime, green energy and housing

The woman attacked the government's record on crime, green energy and housing

A Tory minister was left squirming as a Question Time audience member annihilated him over the government’s record.

Claire Stewart-Hall went on an epic rant at defence minister Andrew Murrison during a debate on knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

She said that local services had been “cut to the bone” during more than a decade of austerity.

And she said there was “a massive gap” between what the minister was saying and what ordinary members of the public are experiencing in their day-to-day lives.

Her comments came just days after the government launched an “action plan” to tackle anti-social behaviour, including increased fines and a ban on nitrous oxide.

Stewart-Hall said: “You’ve cut funding, you’ve cut budgets in school, we can’t recruit teachers, we can’t recruit teaching assistants.

“You’ve cut social workers, you have cut local services to the bone and then you’re worried about anti-social behaviour.

“There are no youth services. There is such a massive gap between what you’re saying and people’s experience.

“Why can’t people buy a house? Look at their wages. There are teachers who have been through university - paid over 30 grand if not more to go to university.

“If you want to control rent, use rent control. Want to have houses? Build more houses, because you can find the money to build HS2 and drill through forests.

“These are ideological choices. You’ve done nothing for green energy in 13 years. Absolutely nothing.

“So when we’re talking about young people, what is being done for young people? A tutoring programme, that’s it. It is woeful.”

Stewart-Hall later tweeted: “They made me wait 50 minutes to speak, so by the time I got there ...”

In response, Murrison said: “Serious crime has come down a lot - 50% since 2010, except for fraud.”

Earlier in the same programme, the audience delivered a damning verdict on the government’s migration crackdown.

Asked how many of them supported Rishi Sunak’s approach, not a single person put their hand up.

It came after a heated debate on the government’s plan to house refugees in disused military bases, ferries and even barges before deporting them to Rwanda.