Theresa May's Conservatives on course for sweeping British election victory

General Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, a former chief of defence staff, told The Daily Telegraph: "Jeremy Corbyn, unlike many of his distinguished predecessors in the Labour Party from Clement Attlee through Denis Healey and beyond, has demonstrated why he should not be trusted with the ultimate responsibility of government - that of the nation's defence and security".

But Survation for The Mail on Sunday has the two parties somewhat closer, with the Conservatives on 40% and Labour on 29% - an 11-point difference.

But the risks of that approach were underlined on Sunday when they were forced to move hastily to shut down speculation that Labour could withdraw support for Britain's nuclear deterrent, after Corbyn appeared to leave open the idea that renewing Trident could be left out of the party's manifesto.

The party's leader is due to address the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore on Monday.

Sir Michael said the Government could not rule out ordering a nuclear first strike.

"There is no way we can countenance any kind of arrangement or coalition with the Conservative Party and likewise with the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn", he told The Observer. We are less than 100 hours into this election campaign.

The row came as the Tories made clear they meant to make Mr Corbyn's fitness for office a key issue in the election campaign. He will also outline the party's policies, including a requirement for firms bidding for government contracts to recognise unions and an increase in the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020.

Mr Corbyn will also vow: " We will end the need for food banks. "He enabled it. It has put us in the situation we are now in".

Mr Corbyn's comments threatened to reopen the bitter divisions within the party after he was forced previous year to abandon his attempts to persuade it to back his unilateralist position in the face of opposition from the trade unions. And we will give schools and colleges, those engines of opportunity, the funding they need.

Labour now has just one MP in Scotland following the 2015 general election, when an SNP tsunami saw the party win all but three of the 59 Scottish seats up for grabs.

Mr Corbyn is the first Labour leader to support unilateral nuclear disarmament since Michael Foot in 1983 - a stance which puts him at odds with the bulk of his party.

"Nicola Sturgeon is trying to use this election to push ever harder for a second referendum on independence. I'm not sure that Jeremy Corbyn would".

  • Leroy Wright