Jeremy Corbyn fights back after childcare funding gaffe

Andrew Cummings
May 31, 2017

Others, however, praised Barnett's interview, with Times Literary Supplement publisher Stig Abell saying it showed she was a "much better" interviewer than Jeremy Paxman, who had grilled Corbyn on television last night.

However, Theresa May's portion of the programme triggered the biggest spikes in activity online.

And she promised to listen to charities and voters and put a cap on social care costs to the elderly, though she said the level of the cap would be decided only after the election.

Many Twitter users felt she had been hurtling headlong toward disaster from the first moment, when a police officer asked about cuts to the police budget in light of the Manchester terrorist attack.

Theresa May has said Jeremy Corbyn would go naked into negotiations with the European Union during her Brexit speech in Wolverhampton.

According to the social network, Brexit was the most tweeted-about subject during the debate, followed by health and then education.

"Who do you trust to stand up for Britain, to negotiate for Brexit and get the best possible deal for Britain in Europe?" she told a campaign event in South West London.

May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party. "It's not just an issue about Brexit itself; it's also an issue about trust in politicians".

This was a "bravura" performance by Corbyn, says Stephen Bush in the left-leaning New Statesman.

She also received criticism for planned Conservative cuts to social benefits, but said she was determined to take on hard issues and do the right thing for the country.

Mr Corbyn's attempt, in the wake of last week's Manchester bombing, to draw a link between British involvement in military interventions overseas and terrorism at home led to Tory accusations that he was making excuses for extremists.

In 90 minutes of questioning - the closest the two candidates will get to debates after May's refusal to share the stage with Corbyn - Brexit took a back seat even though it was what the British prime minister cited as her reason for calling the election three years earlier than was required.

But the Labour leader also faced fresh questions about his approach to immigration as a Labour discussion document indicated the party could open up routes for unskilled foreign workers to come to the UK.

The latest polls were worrying for the Prime Minister and for markets.

Mrs May replied: "I think you have to".

British voters will go to the polls on 8 June that will decide whether May, from the centre-right Conservatives, or Corbyn of the leftist Labour Party, gets to sit down with Brussels and hammer out an exit deal that will define the country's trade and diplomatic ties with the EU.

The Labour leader answered by suggesting the country had become "badly divided" and he is seeking to address the gap between the richest and poorest in society.

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

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