Corbyn wrong-foots May by taking part in United Kingdom election debate

Mr Corbyn said: "I will be taking part in tonight's debate because I believe we must give people the chance to hear and engage with the leaders of the main parties before they vote".

Angus Robertson, the deputy leader of the party, took part in the programme because he is the leader of the SNP in Westminster.

Her assured performance in such hard circumstances will only burnish Rudd's credentials as one of the leading lights at the top of her party - touted as a possible successor to the out-of-favor Chancellor Philip Hammond, if the Tories stay in government.

But Mr Nuttall rebuked by shouting "You invited Hamas, you invited Hamas to the House of Commons", referring to when Mr Corbyn called the members "friends". "You saw the coalition of chaos in action".

After an audience member asked about strong leadership, Ms Rudd took a furious swipe at the Shadow Home Secretary.

Ms Rudd said Mrs May was the only leader who could deliver a good deal for the country, with "a weak team and such weak support" behind Mr Corbyn. "By contrast, Theresa May's refusal to take part showed her weakness".

Memes depicting where she might be started trending across the United Kingdom hours before the broadcast, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would take part in the programme.

The debate, on BBC1 at 7.30pm, follows Monday's Battle For Number 10 programme on Sky News where Mr Corbyn and Mrs May separately faced a grilling from voters and veteran interviewer Jeremy Paxman. "Have you seen people sleeping around our stations?" he said.

Theresa May will call on voters on both sides of the Europe debate to unite in next week's General Election to give her a mandate to "fulfil the promise of Brexit".

"It's not like that".

Mr Nuttall, answering a question on immigration, said current levels were "unsustainable" and that UKIP would take action to bring the numbers coming into the country under control.

"If we get Brexit right, then together we can do great things..."

"That is what happens if you demonise immigrants", he said.

"I think it's actually about getting out and about, meeting voters and hearing directly from voters".

His manifesto for renationalization, higher public spending and tax increases for the rich has gone down well with a wide pool of voters, while May has upset core supporters with a plan to make the elderly pay more toward their old age care.

During a Q&A at a factory in Bath, May was asked by journalists if she was "frightened" about facing Corbyn in a head-to-head debate, to which she replied: "No. Jeremy Corbyn seems to be paying far more attention to how many appearances on television he's doing". "The Prime Minister didn't have the guts to come along this evening to tell us".

"We can't be sure Theresa May is going to achieve her political objective of a landslide majority", he said.

Earlier Mr Corbyn had stoked the ongoing row over his stance on another vote by again saying that he planned to discuss the issue with the SNP.

"It would be extremely unwise for any government anywhere in the world to ignore what is happening in Libya, where large areas are left ungoverned and very risky forces are arising there".

Tim Farron and Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn responded that Mrs May and other senior Conservatives had voted against anti-terror laws in 2005.

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