|RT | Jun 1, 2017|
Plymouth Herald chief reporter Sam Blackledge met May during a visit to his patch on Wednesday, but was left feeling “deflated” and scratching his head as to what the top line of the story would be when the interview concluded.
“Before 8.30 am today, I had never interviewed a prime minister,”wrote Blackledge.
“Heading back to the office to transcribe my encounter with Theresa May at Plymouth’s fish market, I couldn’t be certain that had changed.”
Blackledge says he and his colleagues had carefully crafted a list of four questions, all on local issues.
His first question, on whether May thinks the Tories can win in the southwest English city, was answered with: “I’m very clear this is a crucial election for this country.”
Blackledge then raised the issue of military cuts and their impact on the naval town, to which May responded: “I’m very clear that Plymouth has a proud record of connection with the armed forces.”
Incredible Plymouth Herald interview w/ Theresa May. "I'm very clear" voters aren't going to get the answers they need from this PM #GE2017pic.twitter.com/ncEiQL25HI— Robert J Somynne (@RobertJSomynne) June 1, 2017
Asked about transport links, the PM said: “I’m very clear that connectivity is hugely important for Plymouth and the South West generally.”
Blackledge says he was “pleased to have secured the interview and happy to have squeezed all my points in.” But he says as soon as she left, he realized “she had given me absolutely nothing.”
On Twitter, readers praised Blackledge for calling out the prime minister.
No wonder Theresa May avoided the Leader's Debate. Under questioning she's reduced to platitudes like this. Is she reading from a card? pic.twitter.com/5tF0plxOf2— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) June 1, 2017
'Three minutes of nothing'; Love this from @samblackledge, bemused after T May ducks every question in interview https://t.co/x8DBSYrK55— Jennie Formby (@JennieUnite) June 1, 2017
Fresh polling shows Labour narrowing the gap on May’s Tories to just three points, with seven days of campaigning left until election day.