British PM, rival face angry voters as election nears

It was that sort of rhetoric, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded, that had created "a toxic climate" for negotiations.

She denounces the Labour leader's "chilling" refusal to say that he would defend Britain against a nuclear attack and claims that if Mr Corbyn becomes Prime Minister, Britain will face the "calamity" of a return to the 1970s.

After Mrs May said that combating terrorism would require "difficult conversations" with Muslim communities in the UK, Mr Corbyn said that the PM must also be ready to have hard discussions with close ally and major arms customer Saudi Arabia about terror funding. "I think it's a shame the Prime Minister hasn't taken part in a debate".

In an effort to maintain pressure on the Tories over the issue, Mr Corbyn said: "It is staggering that just six days from polling day millions of pensioners still don't know what's in store for them if they are unlucky enough to get dementia or any other condition that needs care in the home".

"Let's hope that no prime minister of any political persuasion in the future is ever put in the situation that they will effectively be wiping out humanity, because that is a failure of diplomacy, it's a failure of foreign policy and it's a failure of defence policy".

May was taunted by other party leaders on Thursday for not attending a televised debate with them.

I'm not going to give you the usual pundit's score card because this close to an election it's nearly irrelevant.

The clip was cut off there but the full quote was: "No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process". I could have stayed on and kept doing that job. I think they were anxious about the room getting too crowded.

Against the Bank of England's trade-weighted basket, which measures sterling's broader strength, the pound is now back where it was on 9 April, before May called the election.

"We have a situation where if Jeremy Corbyn was to get into number 10, he'd be being propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists", she said. Our manifesto is a serious, well thought-out document, that I believe is getting a lot of support and people are getting very excited at the idea of how we can do things differently'.

Corbyn was challenged about his attitude towards the nuclear deterrent and May was asked about her plans for a post-Brexit deal with Europe.

One woman asked why voters should trust her given her "track record" of "broken promises" during her tenure.

"We've been open about that, and I've also been open that there will be some
hard choices to be made in addressing those various challenges".

"There isn't a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want", she said.

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".

The Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper suggested May was set for a substantial parliamentary majority on June 8.

There was slightly better news for May from a Panelbase poll which put her party 8 points ahead of Labour, but that still meant the Conservatives' advantage had nearly halved in a week.

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