Election day ahead: Labour pains by Corbyn to net mums' vote

Theresa May reiterated how she would walk away with no Brexit deal from Brussels if it was not good enough, while Jeremy Corbyn was forced to defend his foreign policy and security credentials in a bruising televised question-and-answer session. He demanded to know whether or not the Labour leader was still opposed to the institution of monarchy, a policy that did not make it into the party's manifesto, and whether or not he still believed that sending British servicemen to the Falklands was a "Tory plot". "No deal is better than a bad deal", she said. He's not prepared to give the police the powers that they need to keep us safe.

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.

"If in order to address them and do the right thing by the country, it takes being a hard woman, then that's exactly what I will be". In negotiations you have to recognise that you're not in there to get a deal at any price.

Nearly three times as many Brits watched a knife-throwing couple terrify Simon Cowell than saw Jeremy Paxman's TV grilling of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, according to initial ratings for Monday night's television.

At a campaign event tomorrow, she is expected to warn that the European Union has taken an aggressive stance to the negotiations, and that she needs the strong endorsement of the British public to fight for a good exit deal.

"I think he should have been arrested and he should have been put on trial".

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

Paxman provoked laughter from the studio audience, and a fierce stare from May, when he suggested that during the Brexit negotiations, her European interlocutors would conclude that she was a "blowhard who collapses at the first sign of gunfire".

The Labour leader, as expected, was given a tough time by the former Newsnight host when facing the journalist in the Sky News and Channel 4 head-to-head leader interviews.

"If you don't like what a reporter says or asks me, or anybody else, understand the question they're asking, we will all do our best to answer those questions, but under no circumstances whatsoever should anyone throw personal abuse at anyone else because they are doing the job that they have been employed to do and I will not tolerate it under any circumstances".

Corbyn, she said, has lurched from "half-baked plan to half-baked plan", cycling through seven different approaches to Brexit.

Mrs May was also tackled on the Conservatives' plans to change who pays for social care, which have been dubbed a "dementia tax" by critics.

  • Larry Hoffman