BBC Election Debate 2017 start time and line up confirmed

Mrs May's decision to avoid debates was branded "extreme cowardice" by Green co-leader Caroline Lucas, who will take part alongside Mr Corbyn, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Ukip's Paul Nuttall, Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party depute leader Angus Robertson.

Answering questions during a visit to a factory in Bath, Mrs May denied she was "frightened" of taking on her rivals head-to-head.

Both May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn were grilled in separate interviews with Sky News and Channel 4, and also faced questions from voters ahead of the June 8 election.

He said: "Where do you think Theresa May is tonight?"

It followed a hard two weeks for Mrs May, after she was accused of making a u-turn over plans to make some elderly people pay more for social care.

Mr Corbyn's intervention comes as a seat projection by pollster YouGov suggested that the United Kingdom could be heading for a hung parliament, with Labour making gains and Mrs May's Tories suffering losses.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead dropped to six percentage points in a poll published on Tuesday, the latest major poll since the Manchester bombing to indicate the June 8 election could be much tighter than previously thought.

And she made a point of saying that she could LOSE the general election, which is taking place three years earlier than needed. I want to ensure we are controlling migration because too high uncontrolled migration puts pressure on our public services, but it also lowers wages at the lower end of the income scale. She repeatedly accused Mr Corbyn of believing in a "magic money tree" but the Labour leader won applause when he suggested she was unfamiliar with the reality of poverty.

"The futures of our NHS and schools are at stake in this election...."

But Mr Corbyn threw the party into turmoil this week when he said he would "open discussions" with the SNP.

During the European Union referendum campaign it consistently showed that more voters favoured Leave than Remain. The participants returned to their core messages in their final statements, with Mr Corbyn promising that Labour would vote "for the many, not the few" and framing the election as a choice over "whether older people get the dignity they deserve or see their incomes fall".

She told the police officer: "What we had to do when we came into government in 2010 was to ensure that we were living within our means and that was very important because of the economic situation we had inherited".

'This was not a poll, rather it is the outcome of a model that has used untested methodology to come up with this hung parliament conclusion, ' said Kathleen Brooks, research director at City Index.'Other polls are predicting a completely different outcome, so we would use this information with a pinch of salt'.

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