May and Corbyn left bruised after General Election TV showdown

Mr Corbyn, meeting staff at a nursery in Westminster, said today: "The Labour party believes every child, no matter what their background, deserves a good start in life, and that childcare costs shouldn't be a barrier for parents who want to go back to work".

The interview continued in similarly excruciating fashion - but Barnett, who is from Manchester and also hosts Radio 5 live's morning show 5 live Daily, has since been targeted by Corbyn supporters on Twitter.

Mr Corbyn was attempting to focus on policy issues with the commitment to the extension of free childcare, but his own performance was firmly in the spotlight after the Woman's Hour interview.

"We have to be prepared to walk out", she said to applause during the Sky News interview.

Corbyn said he wanted to come back to the issue of the exact figure in "a moment" and wanted to give "an accurate figure".

Her assessment garnered more than 9,000 retweets.

Mrs May was tested on a series of recent U-turns: grilled by interviewer Jeremy Paxman and members of the audience on her wavering position on national insurance reform, a manifesto plan to cut social care for the elderly that was dubbed the "dementia tax" and her broken pledge not to call a general election before 2020.

Both leaders dodged some awkward questions: Mr Corbyn on whether he would order the killing of a terrorist threatening an attack on the United Kingdom, and Mrs May on the Conservatives' social care policy.

Theresa May will claim that "economic prosperity will suffer, jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk, and with them the security and peace of mind of working families" if the government fails to secure a successful Brexit negotiation with the European Union. Having been a relatively enthusiastic campaigner for the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union before apparently switching sides as Prime Minister to become a Brexit champion, the clear inference from the Conservative leader was that she had never truly changed her mind on it being better for Britain to remain in the Union. "We will make sure there is a deal".

"We have to be prepared to walk out", the premier insisted, noting that some people in Europe were "talking about punishing us".

May and Corbyn will appear on BBC Question Time on Thursday evening. In addition, 650,000 school children will be "crammed" into primary school classes larger than 30 pupils and families will be nearly £450 worse off per child as a result of Tory plans to scrap free school meals for 1.7 million children. It is about leadership, it is about stability, it is about doing the right thing for Britain.

May and the leader of the main opposition Labour Party are used to facing each other across the floor of the House of Commons for the weekly battle known as Prime Minister's Question time. The smaller Liberal Democrats were on eight percent.

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

Earlier, a separate survey by YouGov found that Labour's lead among voters under 50 is growing after the Tories' revealed unpopular social care policies for pensioners.

  • Zachary Reyes