UK's May Plays Brexit Card as Polls Tighten

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

I am ready to go.

Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly floundered when asked how much a flagship new childcare policy would cost in a hard radio interview.

She said: "Last night showed that Jeremy Corbyn's minders can put him in a smart blue suit for an interview with Jeremy Paxman but, with his position on Brexit, he will find himself alone and naked in the negotiating chamber of the European Union".

To raucous laughter from the audience of supporters, she added: "Now, I know that's an image that doesn't bear thinking about, but actually this is very serious".

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, who herself benefited from the Sure Start scheme, said too many parents had been let down by Tory promises to boost care in the last general election.

Jeremy Corbyn has finally coughed up the figures on how much Labour's free child care policy will cost.


SNP leader and Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has launched her party's manifesto.

The PM said the United Kingdom faces the challenge of an ageing society, adding about her party's proposals: "It's about ensuring that nobody is going to have to sell their house to pay for care in their lifetime".

Her assessment garnered more than 9,000 retweets.

She described Brexit as the one fundamental, defining issue of the election, and claimed the Labour leader had "lurched chaotically from half-baked plan to half-baked plan", with seven different Brexit plans in nine months.

When pressed on the figures, he said "I'll give you the figure in a moment" before logging into his iPad.

Questioned on whether this indicated that voters can not trust Labour with their money, he said: "Not at all".


"Everything depends on getting Brexit right". The CCHQ has released excerpts of the Brexit speech. She rebuffed his repeated attempts to get her to say whether she now thinks leaving the European Union is a good idea, saying only that the British voters have decided and that she is determined to get the best deal possible.

He said: "We have to cut off the funds for IS, cut off the arms for IS, cut off their publicity as well, but also bring about a peace process in Syria by reconvening the Geneva talks, including all the neighbouring countries as well as Iran, but also bring about a constructive dialogue in Libya, so we don't have huge areas of that country, with all its oil wealth, ungoverned and a prey for this kind of thing". A revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.

The PM said that Mr Corbyn's performance on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme The Battle For Number 10 showed "I am ready to go".

There were 239,700 tweets sent about Mr Corbyn - compared with 107,800 for the Prime Minister - over the 90-minute period, during which the pair were questioned by a studio audience and Jeremy Paxman.

"This country is badly divided between the richest and the poorest", the Labour leader replied. The latest Survation survey, of more than 1,000 people between 26 and 27 May, put the Conservatives at 43% and Labour on 37%. The smaller Liberal Democrats were on eight percent.

At one point a heckler yelled, "You've clearly failed".


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