Damien Green was assessing the Home Secretary’s performance during the live TV debate after she stepped in for the Prime Minister.
The Conservative MP was quickly stopped in his tracks during his interview as the Shadow Foreign Secretary butted in to brand Theresa May a “coward” for not taking part in the debate.
Speaking on the BBC, Mr Green began by describing the leaders' debate as a clear indication of what a Jeremy Corbyn government would look like, “a coalition of chaos”.
He said: “It’s completely ridiculous, like what a lot of Tim [Farron] said during the course of the evening.
Emily Thornberry interrupted the Tory politicians interview to begin a shouting match
“What you saw tonight well illustrated the differences between the parties.
“You had Amber Rudd, calm, in control, realistic, discussing serious issues in an adult way, and you saw what a Jeremy Corbyn government would be like.
“Although all the other parties, by in large agreed on higher taxes, higher spending, more borrowing, higher immigration, they still disliked each other and squabbled.
“That was the coalition of chaos made flesh, that is what a Jeremy Corbyn led government would look like and you could see there’s now a clear choice for the British people, which faces them next week.”
Emily Thornberry criticised the Prime Minister for not taking part in the live TV debate
I just don’t understand why she wasn’t here. What is she afraid of?
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
As Mr Green finished his point, the Shadow Foreign Secretary stepped in to begin a furious row with the Tory politician as she targeted the Prime Minister for not taking part in the debate.
She raged: “I just don’t understand why she wasn’t here. What is she afraid of?
“I have to say, I think to myself if she can’t get out and debate, how the hell can she be saying to the British public she can negotiate.”
Ms Thornberry then turned her attention directly to Mr Green and continued her tirade.
“Why is she such a coward,” she said.
The TV election debate – in pictures Wed, May 31, 2017
The televised debate saw Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd, Paul Nuttall, Caroline Lucas, Angus Robertson, Tim Farron and Leanne Wood go toe-to-toe
PA 1 of 15
The politicians taking part in the debate
The pair then shouted over each other as Mr Green said: “That’s a ridiculous thing to say, she is talking to real people and she is meeting far more of them than Jeremy Corbyn is.
“She is doing twice as many meetings, she is answering more questions from the public, more questions from journalists than Jeremy Corbyn does, he makes a speech to a Momentum rally and then goes off.
“Theresa May is engaging with real people. We did see the choice this evening, you saw a Conservative government that calmly gets about taking difficult decisions sometimes but making sure that we are in a good place for the Brexit negotiations.”
Ms Thornberry snapped back with one final dig at Mrs May for not taking part in the debate.
“I think what we saw tonight was the Conservative Prime Minister hiding from the British people and not being prepared to come out and answer questions in the way that Jeremy Corbyn did,” she said.