Politicians give verdict on Corbyn-May TV interviews

Around 11,130 tweets were sent per minute as she told the presenter: "What I'll be doing is being a difficult woman and ensuring that we're negotiating hard".

Labour leader Corbyn and Conservative PM May outlined their distinctive visions of Brexit during interviews with Jeremy Paxman on Monday evening, hosted by Sky News and Channel 4.

May declined a face-to-face debate with Corbyn, whose opposition party has in recent days narrowed the gap in opinion polls, though the ruling Conservatives remain in front.

Mr Corbyn's attempt, following last week's atrocity, 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.

The Prime Minister came under fire for cuts to public services and her plans for social care, while Mr Corbyn faced questioning on his attitude to security issues and past comments about the IRA and the Falklands War.

Just over half of the 1,009 respondents said May would make the best prime minister, whilst support for Labour's Jeremy Corbyn stood at just 30 percent, albeit higher than in previous surveys.

Her 68-year-old rival Corbyn said the "reality" of last year's Brexit referendum result had to be respected and insisted: "We will make sure there's a deal".

Mr Paxman interviewed Ms May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn separately as part of the Sky News/Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme, with each facing questions from the audience ahead of the interview.

The studio audience again applauded loudly when Mr Paxman pointed out that Mrs May and her spokesmen had promised on six occasions since becoming PM that there would not be a general election before 2020.

In reply, Mr Corbyn said there was a period of silence for "everyone who died in Northern Ireland" at the 1987 event.

Challenged by one man who said he liked the Labour manifesto but did not regard Mr Corbyn as "someone who could run this country", the Labour leader said he saw himself as a listening politician.

The Labour leader appeared surprised when asked why he was not proposing to abolish the British monarchy, saying: "It's not on anybody's agenda, it's certainly not on my agenda".

Brexit has been atop the list of main issues heading into this election, and both candidates' capabilities of getting the right deal for Britain in its European Union negotiations was raised.

"I think you have to".

But Paxman set the tone by saying that if he were an European Union negotiator who had observed all her recent flip flops, he would think of her as a "blowhard who collapses at the first sound of gunfire".

  • Zachary Reyes