British PM, rival face angry voters as election nears

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Labour Prime Ministerial candidate Jeremy Corbyn was heckled repeatedly by a Question Time audience after he ruled out the "first use" of Britain's nuclear weapons. Here are five key takeaways.

The PM's comments sparked complaints from Labour that she was getting involved in political debate on a day when the parties had agreed to halt election campaiging until the evening.

"What people will know when they go to vote on Thursday is that it is the Conservative Party that always has been and is and always will be a low-tax party", she said during a campaign stop.

Theresa May takes part in "The Question Time, Leaders Special" hosted by David Dimbleby.

THERESA MAY defended her decision to go back on her previous pledge and call a snap election as she was questioned by voters in a live TV event broadcast from York.

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But since then May's lead has been eaten away, meaning she might no longer score the thumping victory she had hoped for ahead of this month's launch of Brexit negotiations. Asked about deaths caused by the IRA, he would only say all deaths are wrong.

"What has impressed me - and there is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did - is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour Party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party ... and that is exactly what I am trying to do", Sanders said. "I want to form a Labour government with a majority to carry out this awesome programme which can give so much hope and opportunity to so many people".




He claimed a Government he led would ease tensions with countries such as North Korea through negotiations "before it reached that stage", and would not say if the United Kingdom would hit back if struck by another country.

Mrs May came under fire from a nurse, Victoria Davey, over the 1% cap on annual public sector pay rises, asking how was it "fair" that her 2009 pay slip "reflected exactly" what she earned today.

He said: "I do find it incredibly concerning that you wouldn't commit to doing that - it's our safety that you have to look out for first and foremost".

The clip was cut off there but the full quote was: "No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process".

Labour have been making hay with images from earlier in the year of Mrs May and Mr Trump holding hands during her visit to the US. But she suffered on questions about social care, particularly in response to a question from a nurse who said her payslips hadn't risen in nearly a decade.

Afterwards, Corbyn faced the same audience and his own tough questions over his party's manifesto of spending promises, which one audience member called a "letter to Santa Claus".

"We are fighting every constituency to win this election, to form a Labour government", the socialist said. You have to think these things through. "I will decide on the circumstances at the time", Mr Corbyn said.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn fared even worse in the poll, with 47% of those polled holding a negative view of him, versus 32% with a positive view.

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