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16/09/2015 12:04 BST | Updated 16/09/2015 12:59 BST

Woman Who Gave Jeremy Corbyn First Prime Minister's Question Says Tories Looked Like 'Unhappy Bunnies Ready For The Pot'

The woman who gave Jeremy Corbyn his first line of attack at Prime Minister's Questions claims his debut outing was so successful the Conservatives looked like unhappy "bunnies ready for the pot".

The Labour leader opened his encounter with David Cameron with a question from "Marie" about the housing "crisis", saying he wanted to inspire a "new politics" by letting members of the public make suggestions.

Radio station LBC discovered "Marie" was "Marie from Putney", a regular caller, and she confirmed being "lucky enough" to have her question about housing shortages chosen from 40,000 questions the veteran left-winger had received.

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Jeremy Corbyn on his Prime Minister's Questions debut

Arguing Mr Corbyn had won, praising how the Labour leader "looked over the top of his glasses" at the PM, she said the Conservative frontbenchers "did not look like happy bunnies".

"They looked like they were ready for the pot," she said. "Thats's good."

She told presenter James O’Brien housing was a "sensible question to kick off with" because in West London she is "surrounded" by "flats for rich people".

"Nobody on an average wage could begin to contemplate one of those. Social housing is being completely demolished by this stupid policy of selling off the housing stock,” she added.

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Ready for the pot?

She praised his performance: "I think Jeremy put that point over very well today. I liked the way he did it in a calm and collected way. Quite censorious of the Prime Minister. I liked the way he looked at him over the top of his glasses. I thought that worked very well and it was very calm, and the Prime Minister had to change his way of doing things."

Introducing his new format, the veteran left-winger said: "Many told me they thought Prime Minister's Questions was too theatrical, that Parliament was out of touch, and they wanted things done differently. But above all they wanted their voice heard."

Mr Corbyn said he was bringing in a "new politics" as he named the six people who he was asking questions on behalf of: Marie, Stephen, Paul, Claire, Gail and Angela. The other questions were on cuts to tax credits and mental health services.

"I'll ask one from a woman called Marie," he told MPs. "What does the Government intend to do about the chronic lack of affordable housing and extortionate rents charged by some private sector landlords?"

Mr Cameron defended the Tory record, saying it had delivered record numbers of affordable and council houses but "much more needs to be done", before extolling his policies including Help to Buy.

"We won't get Britain building unless we keep our economy growing," he added, an answer designed to suggest Labour's competence on the economy is questionable under his leadership.

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