Corbyn: It's a shame PM has not joined in head-to-head debate

by Garry Watts June 6, 2017, 5:33

Theresa May on Friday night faced angry questions about public services and her policy U-turns, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heckled over his attitude to nuclear weapons as polls continued to tighten ahead of next week's general election.

Dr Lelliott said it was only a few weeks ago that some key allies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were saying Labour would be lucky to get 200 seats. It would have been easy for me as prime minister to stay on and keep a hand on the job.

Asked if he would still like to be finance minister after the election, Hammond told the BBC: "Of course I would, that's a silly question".

The leaders of the two main parties face audience questions separately in a special edition of the BBC show, presented by David Dimbleby.

But she was accused by one audience member having "called an election for the good of the Conservative Party, and it's going to backfire on you".

"If the prime minister has a very big majority she will be able to do what she likes, the bigger the majority, the bigger the reshuffle", an unnamed minister was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

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Mr Corbyn looked uncomfortable as he was repeatedly asked if there were any circumstances in which, as Prime Minister, he would launch nuclear weapons such as the United Kingdom coming under attack. "But this is an important moment for our country, we've got to get it right", she said.

"Set free from the shackles of European Union control, we will be a great, global trading nation once again bringing new jobs and new opportunities for ordinary working families here at home", said May, who backed the "Remain" campaign for last year's referendum on European Union membership.

Mr Corbyn was pressed by the audience over whether he would pursue a coalition deal with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament and the Labour leader insisted there would be "no deals".

Some of the reason for the focus on other matters is that we have not learnt anything new about the way Theresa May is planning to approach Brexit.

"What is the point of us working our whole lives and building up a pension if it's all going to be taken away again to pay for our care should we need it?" she was asked, and only responded by calling it a "fair" question.

ICM boss Martin Boon said: "A lot of polls showing a much narrower gap depend on whether you think young people and 2015 non-voters will actually turn out to vote on this occasion".


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