Polls show conflicting outcomes for UK's May in next week's election

Polls show conflicting outcomes for UK's May in next week's election

Polls show conflicting outcomes for UK's May in next week's election

Corbyn's Labour Party will face off with Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party on June 8, after May called for a snap election in April in the wake of Brexit negotiations.

May, who won the top job in the political chaos following the shock 23 June Brexit vote, had hoped the election would strengthen her hand ahead of Brexit negotiations, and the party was expected to take advantage of the apparent weakness and disarray of its main rival. "He's not a central casting prime minister like David Cameron was - a pink-faced posh bloke - but a genuinely affable grandfatherly bloke, a bit absent-minded, he forgets figures sometimes, but I think people can fit that into the image of a prime minister".

But Mrs May said: "I'm not refusing to take part in debates, because I'm here answering questions from you".

May's Conservatives have been in power since 2010, and the prime minister faced tough questions about her government's cuts to welfare and health services.

The Ipsos MORI poll found May's personal ratings had fallen, although she still held a 15-point lead over Corbyn on who would make the better prime minister. "There isn't a magic money tree we can shake", she said.

There was no gentle warming up, with the opening questioner accusing her of "broken promises and backtracking".

Mr Johnson told the Press Association: "I thought it was really spine-chilling to hear Jeremy Corbyn announce that all Labour's support for our nuclear deterrent, all Labour's support for our Armed Forces was completely meaningless because when it came to the business of defending this country he wouldn't do it".

"I think the idea of anyone ever using a nuclear weapon is utterly appalling", he said.

There is an argument to say that if the party wanted this to be dominated by Brexit then it should have given people more substance to chew over. "I think they understand that", he said.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn , riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign. Sterling sank against the dollar and the euro as investors questioned who was now going to control the Brexit process.

"Do you want to comment on that?" the host asked the Labour leader.

Mr Corbyn hit out at US President Donald Trump over his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change deal.

The prime minister did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated. "I'd rather have it and not use it than not have it at all", an audience member told him.

There was another awkward moment when an audience member asked Mrs May if mental health funding was "one of [her] soundbites" when asked about the NHS.

Mr Corbyn was asked after the speech if he could guarantee that all or a proportion of the one million jobs would go to British workers.

In a hard moment, she was challenged by a woman who struggled to hold back tears as she described waiting for more than a year for counselling on the state-run National Health Service.

"Under-30s love Corbyn but they don't care enough to get off their lazy arses to vote for him", the candidate said.

The Vermont senator who narrowly lost to the eventual presidential nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton added that he had been "very impressed" by Corbyn's campaign but declined to give an official endorsement.

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