LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was confronted by an angry voter over welfare cuts Monday as she made a rare public walkabout ahead of the June general election.
The woman, who gave her name as Cathy, said she had learning difficulties and challenged May over changes to state handouts for disabled people.
“I can’t live on £100 (118 euros, $129) a month!” she said.
May, who has been accused of avoiding the public in the campaign for the June 8 vote, tried repeatedly to answer Cathy but was interrupted.
“The fat cats keep the money and us lot get nothing,” Cathy said in the Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon, west of London.
May responded by saying that “we’ve got a lot of plans” and the goal was to ensure welfare payments are “focused on those who are most in need”.
Some shoppers stopped to shake the prime minister’s hand during the 11-minute visit, and she posed for pictures.
One man told her to “keep it up”, while May was also told she was the “best of a bad bunch”, to which she responded: “I’ll take that as flattering.”
The prime minister called the snap vote in a bid to increase her parliamentary majority ahead of Britain’s complex talks to leave the European Union.
Opinion polls give her Conservatives a double digit lead over the main opposition Labour party.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meanwhile drew large crowds at a campaign rally in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, northern England.
Supporters who could not get inside the town hall filled the square outside — prompting Corbyn afterwards to come out and address them from the balcony.
May later received several questions about her government’s cuts to disability benefits in a question and answer session broadcast on Facebook Live.
Her debate received 16,400 reactions out of which, 10,000 were “angry”, 4,300 “like” and 1,200 “love”.