PARLIAMENTARY genius Diane Abbott is to stand in for Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday – leaving many excited about tuning in.
Diane Abbott stands in for Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs tomorrow, she’s up against Dominic Raab.
Those tweets that make you laugh while you’re typing them are my favourite. 😂
— BrexitTory (@_BrexitTory) October 1, 2019
The PM is missing PMQs to deliver his keynote address to the Conservative conference in Manchester.
Ms Abbott said she was “looking forward to leading Prime Minister’s Questions” for Labour, yet many on social media have warned that the former Corbyn lover renowned for her stumbling over facts and figures will be ‘torn to shreds’.
The Commons is normally in recess during the party conferences but MPs voted to keep sitting amid controversy over Mr Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament.
Traditionally, the leader of the opposition can ask six questions. However if the prime minister is unable to attend, both they and their counterpart are replaced by a senior frontbencher.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey have previously stood in for comrade Corbyn.
In 2015 then-shadow business secretary Angela Eagle also replaced Mr Corbyn at PMQs.
Ms Abbott is a key ally of the Labour leader and has served in his shadow cabinet since 2016 and will be the first black female politician to represent her party at the PMQs.
Here’s hoping she gets the date right and actually turns up.