Thursday’s show was hosted live from Manchester where much of the debate centred around the Chancellor’s mini-budget and the subsequent economic fallout. A highly criticised part of the show was when Fiona Bruce questioned Labour MP Bridget Phillipson on the proposals made in the Labour Party Conference this week.
The conference was held in Liverpool and saw Labour leader Keir Starmer promise a “fresh start” for the country with investment in the NHS and green energy.
Sir Keir took aim at the Conservative’s mini-budget saying: “We can’t go on like this.”
He added: “What we’ve seen in the past few days has no precedent.
“The Government has lost control of the British economy – and for what? They’re crashed the pound – and for what?
“Higher interest rates. Higher inflation. Higher borrowing. And for what?
“Not for you. Not for working people. For tax cuts for the richest one percent in our society.”
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s economic strategy has received widespread backlash from the opposition, the public and even Tory MPs.
The subsequent economic fallout has left many feeling anxious about their bills, their homes, their jobs and their businesses.
The warnings from the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England has brought up hard-hitting questions for the Prime Minister Liz Truss to face and the chiefs of the Treasury about their disastrous economic plan.
Despite the unstable markets, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor continue to insist that they are on “the right plan”.
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Fiona Bruce posed the question to the Labour MP about how Labour is planning to stick to his proposals and pay for them.
Despite Ms Bruce admitting that it would be challenging for the Labour leader to know what he would inherit upon taking power, she added that he must be more clear about affording such ideas.
Ms Phillipson replied saying that Labour would not cut corporation tax, they would do away with non-dom tax status and would reverse the 45p cut.
She added: “Every area where we have set out policy has a plan behind it.”
The host interrupted the Labour MP a few times when she then took the example of Labour’s proposal to implement sufficient childcare which would help working parents and therefore aid economic growth.
Fiona then once again asked about how this would be funded, to which Ms Phillipson repeated her initial statements about funding.
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Viewers of the show took to Twitter to express their anger at the bias of the programme with user @bowlmeagoogly saying: “Usual Tory bias from Fiona True Blue Bruce asking @bphillipsonmp more questions in one minute than she has asked any Tory guest the whole series.”
Another added: “Fiona batting well for the Tories.”
Other viewers expressed their anger at the challenges towards the Labour Party in the middle of a major economic crisis caused by the current Tory Government who are yet to complete one month in office.
@lewiboro said: “How dare she. This is in the midst of a homemade crisis delivered by Liz Truss and her Tories through unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, but you want to challenge Labour MP on feeding children.”
Another added: “Maybe look at the Tories first, after all they are meant to be running the country.”