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Flattered May told she is ‘best of a bad bunch’ during walkabout

The Prime Minister was walking around Abingdon.

Theresa May was told she was the “best of a bad bunch” as she went on a walkabout in an Oxfordshire market town.

The Prime Minister was quizzed about housing and mental health as she toured the centre of Abingdon. Mrs May chatted with stallholders on the market during the 11-minute visit.

One member of the public told her she was the “best of a bad bunch”. Mrs May replied: “I’ll take that as flattering.”

Theresa May in Oxfordshire (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

As the Prime Minister stopped off at a pet food stall, she was questioned by pensioner Duncan Macarthey 83, who lives in Abingdon, on why high earners were able to take advantage of Government schemes to buy new homes. He said: “Rich people jumped on the bandwagon of that and got houses that they shouldn’t have got.”

Mrs May replied: “Help-to-Buy is working because tens of thousands of young people have been able to get on to the housing ladder.”

Mr Macarthey told the Press Association: “I fought for my country and I’m very annoyed. I could have asked her a lot of other questions about the expenses and all that, and that gets me.”

Mrs May defended the Government’s record on disability after criticism over the controversial personal independence payments (PIP). “We have got a lot of plans for people with mental health particularly,” Mrs May insisted.

Shoppers stopped the PM to shake her hand and she posed for pictures with passers-by. One man told her to “keep it up” while a woman said the visit was an “unexpected pleasure”.

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