Labour's Corbyn To Join TV Election Debate, Invites May

The Conservative Party was quick to push back against suggestions that Theresa May was a weaker leader because she hadn't taken part in the debate.

In his opening statement in the BBC's election debate, the Labour leader said there was "nothing remotely strong or stable" about the Tories' record in office.

She accused Mr Corbyn of resorting to a "magic money tree" and told him: "Jeremy, I know there is no extra payment you don't want to add to, no tax you don't want to raise, but the fact is we have to concentrate our resources on the people who need it most".

Amber Rudd took part in Wednesday's General Election leaders debate despite the death of her elderly father, it has been revealed.

The central projection of the model, which allows for a wide margin of error, would be a catastrophic outcome for Prime Minister May.

"Let's face it, Jeremy only made a decision to come late this morning, I was rather hoping Diane Abbott might be here so I could debate with her as well".

"Jeremy Corbyn's shaky grip on the facts clearly hasn't improved since his vehicle crash interview about childcare costs yesterday", said a Conservative spokesman.

Mr Corbyn has cancelled planned appearances at stump events in Swindon and Stroud, and a rally in Bristol.

Indeed, the people most anxious by Corbyn-mania are not the Tories, but all those "moderate" Labour MPs who were confidently expecting their leader to fail disastrously.

There were no real surprises, with Corbyn and other left-leaning politicians - Caroline Lucas of the Greens, Angus Robertson of the SNP and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru, as well as Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats - repeatedly condemning the government for its cuts to welfare and public services.

The Tory Party would not, she vowed, "duck the hard challenges", which led to ridicule for a succession of recent U-turns by Mrs May.

"Our democracy deserves proper debate between party leaders, not just setpiece speeches and one-to-one interviews and Q&As".

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the foreign secretary said the prime minister was right to avoid the "nonsense" debate.

Addressing Ms Rudd directly, she said: "My question is this really, why is Britain the second biggest arms dealer in the world?"

With just hours to go to the broadcast, Mr Corbyn cancelled planned visits in the south-west and announced he would attend the debate in Cambridge.

Another, Gav Forsyth, wrote: "Aww jez".

One attendee commented online, saying: "It's great news that JC is gonna be on the live TV debate tonight.at least it's nothing personal Stroud!"

A YouGov poll shows the Tories' lead has fallen to only three points over Labour, which at 39 points is at its most popular since February 2014.

Mr Corbyn told supporters: "I have to go now because I am going to Cambridge to get ready for the debate tonight".

Ms Rudd said the "squabbling" on display during the debate showed "the coalition of chaos in action".

Lucas also took issue with May's absence and said the "first rule of leadership is to show up".

A Conservative spokesman said: "Once again Jeremy Corbyn simply hasn't done his sums".

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