Leaders in pre-election clash over NHS, Brexit and economy


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over the NHS, Brexit and leadership at the last Prime Minister’s Questions before the general election.

The Labour leader said voters had a “once in a generation” chance to save the NHS, which was in “greater danger” than at any time in its history. 

But the PM warned of “economic catastrophe” if Labour got into power.

Meanwhile, some senior MPs, including Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, have said they will not be standing. 

Announcing that she would not contest her Loughborough seat again, Mrs Morgan cited the “clear impact” that being an MP and the “sacrifices involved” had had on her family. 

“The abuse for doing the job of a modern MP can only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do – represent those who serve in all areas of public life, respect votes cast by the electorate and make decisions in the overall national interest,” she wrote.

In recent days, a number of prominent female MPs elected since 2010 – including Amber Rudd, Heidi Allen and Mims Davies – have drawn a line under their frontline political careers – joining others such as Justine Greening and Claire Perry. 

Sir Alan Duncan, one of a number of former ministers quitting, said the “coarse” nature of political debate on what he dubbed “anti-social media” was having an impact. 

Meanwhile, peers have approved the legislation needed to bring about the 12 December election.

The House of Lords passed the early election bill – which was approved by MPs on Tuesday – in less than four hours, with no changes.


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