British Prime Minister, Theresa May has opened up about living with type 1 diabetes but vows not to let it hold her back in discharging her duties. She made this revelation during a Facebook live interview with Robert Peston on Monday where she took online questions.
“I am a type one diabetic. That means when I eat, I have to inject insulin, which I do. I will be injecting myself four or five times a day… You just get into a routine. You depend on that insulin and you just build that routine into your daily life. The crucial thing to me is being a diabetic doesn’t stop you from doing anything.”
Along the line, the interview was hijacked by a question from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He posted a question on Facebook, asking why the PM is refusing to take part on a TV debate with him and Mr Peston read out the question.
“Hello Theresa May, as Prime Minister you’ve served your elite friends by giving them tax cuts when wages have stagnated, house-building is at its lowest since the 1920s, there are 20,000 fewer police on our streets since 2010 and the NHS is in crisis. Do you not think the British people deserve
to see me and you debate live and on television?” Peston read Corbyn’s question.
Mrs May again refused to say she would join in the debate , arguing that it was more important for her to talk to voters directly.
She said: “I don’t think people get much out of seeing politicians having a go at each other, I think people want to hear directly.”
Mr Corbyn later replied her with a tweet that read: “It’s weak leadership to hide from your own record.”
The Labour leader has said he wants to face Mrs May in a head-to-head debate, but she has refused. He said if she doesn’t turn up to Thursday’s debate, neither will he. The first seven-way leaders debate is due to take place on Thursday and will feature senior spokespeople from the main political parties.
More than 14,000 people tuned in on Facebook to watch the interview yesterday afternoon but it was bombarded with angry face emojis throughout.