Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn grilled by voters

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Friday that Craig Mackinlay, who hopes to retain his seat in the election on June 8, "falsely" declared expenses.

The leaders did not go to head-to-head but debated with the public directly for 45 minutes each.

Mrs May responded by defending her decision to go back on her initial position over an early vote saying she "had the balls to call an election".

Jeremy Corbyn refused to say whether he would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike when questioned by voters this evening.

Asked why voters should trust despite failing to give detailed costings for the plans, the Prime Minister said: "What our manifesto had done is be open with people about the great challenges that we believe this country faces".

But while May called the election to gain a larger majority in the House of Commons going into the two-year negotiations with Europe on the UK's exit, issues of austerity, the health and social services and pensions have increasingly dominated the debate.

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.

However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a 68-year-old socialist peace campaigner, has been pulling big crowds at rallies across the country, brushing off warnings from opponents in his own party that he would lead them to electoral disaster.

Mr Corbyn faced demands from the audience to say whether he would be ready to use Britain's Trident deterrent.

'There has to be no first use, there has to be a process of engagement to bring about, ultimately, global nuclear disarmament.

He said: "If we did use it, millions are going to die".

He added: "It's a question of whether the community gets together to support everybody or we just let the rich get richer and the rest suffer". "This is not the type of leadership Britain needs", Mr Corbyn sniffed. "I will decide on the circumstances at the time", Corbyn said.

In the TV event, May was also accused of failing to stand up to the US President Donald Trump over his country's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

"I would sign a letter with any other leader that would deplore that, straight away".

But she told a nurse who said her salary hasn't changed since 2009: "There isn't a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people want".

Mrs May was also confronted by two voters who had been called to work capability assessments over mental health conditions, one of whom said she had been waiting nearly two years for NHS counselling.

"I'm not going to make any excuses for the experience you had", May said.

She came under fire over her plans to pay for social care by taking money from the estates of those who have run up bills, with one disabled man asking if her plans would leave him and his wife bankrupt.

While her hardline Brexit strategy is opposed by all other major parties, Britain has already started the clock ticking on leaving the bloc by triggering a two-year negotiation period with Brussels.

Mrs May insisted that the election should be about choosing the best team for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, warning that some United Kingdom politicians would be willing to "accept any deal for the sake of getting a deal", adding: "I think the danger is they'd be accepting the worst possible deal at the highest possible price".

Next up to face the audience was Mr Corbyn who was swiftly challenged over his views on Trident, his views on the IRA and whether the Labour manifesto was "a realistic wish list" or "just a letter to Santa Claus?"

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