Theresa May refuses to be drawn on class as she targets Labour heartlands

Prime Minister responds to a claim from Tim Farron’s claim that he is the only party leader with a working class background.

Theresa May refuses to be drawn on class as she targets Labour heartlands

Theresa May has refused to define herself as middle class as she made a grab for votes in Labour heartlands.

The Prime Minister told voters to put aside their previous allegiances as she insisted she would fight for ordinary families.

The Prime Minister has been careful so far to insist she is not complacent about the outcome of the General Election, fearing some Tory voters may not turn out if they believe it is a done deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May participates in a Q&A during a general election campaign event at marketing services group Linney, in Mansfield (Oli Scarff/PA)

But she told supporters during a campaign stop on the outskirts of Nottingham there was “only one person” who could win, before quickly correcting herself.

Mrs May would not be drawn on her social status after suggestions by Lib Dem leader Tim Farron that he was the only party leader with working class roots.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron
Tim Farron suggested he was the only party leader with working-class roots (Yui Mok/PA)

Asked if she was middle class or upper class, she replied: “I’ll tell you what I am, I’m somebody who is here to work for ordinary working families.

“I want to make sure that it doesn’t matter what background you come from, it’s up to you, your talents and your hard work as to how far you go in life.

“And we want to create a better future for everyone across the country.”

Insisting the party can win in former mining towns, she said: “This isn’t about who people have voted for before, it’s about who they believe will be able to conduct the strongest negotiations and get the best possible deal for Britain from Europe because that matters to people in Mansfield, across Nottinghamshire and across the whole of the Midlands.”

She added: “This is about a very clear choice. There’s only one person, one of two people, who is going to be prime minister on June 9 – me or Jeremy Corbyn.

“The question is which one of us do people want to see leading this country.”

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