Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn Set out Opposing Stance on Brexit

Mrs May's speech came amid reports that campaign chief Sir Lynton Crosby has told her to refocus the campaign on the choice of leader to oversee Brexit, after a clutch of polls showed Labour narrowing the gap in the race for Number 10.

The 90 minute programme will be broadcast live from Sky's London headquarters.

The Labour deputy leader said the Tory tactic of relentlessly attacking Mr Corbyn was to "avoid exposing the deficiencies of Theresa May to public scrutiny".

"It's only by dialogue and process we brought about peace in Northern Ireland and I think that's a good thing".

One poll published on Tuesday showed her lead had been cut to 6 percentage points from 9 points a week ago and 18 points two weeks ago as voters reacted badly to the Conservatives' manifesto.

"His interview with Mr Corbyn was a nightmare - and not for the Labour leader" - Telegraph sketch writer Michael Deacon on rottweiler-turned "tired old dog" Jeremy Paxman.

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.

Mrs May said she would be ready "from day one" to work on a new "deep and special relationship" with the European Union, while Mr Corbyn had "no plan for Brexit".

In the spin battle following the televised interviews, Mr Farron said: "Theresa May has had a auto crash interview".

The renewal of Trident was "a conference decision by the Labour Party and as the leader of the party I accept the democracy of our party", the leader added.

It is the latest in a string of questions about Mr Corbyn's attitudes towards former terrorists, with the Conservatives criticising the Labour leader's associations with the Irish republican movement in the 1970s and 80s.

May was heckled and laughed at by some members of the audience at Monday's TV appearance when discussing her education policy, and when interviewer Jeremy Paxman asked whether the European Union would see her as a "blowhard who collapses at the first sign of gunfire" after she softened her plans on old age care.

"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency".

"You've only got to look at her handling of the dementia tax issue to know what a poor negotiator she is". "In negotiations you have to recognise that you're not in there to get a deal at any price".

"I'm fighting this election on social justice".

  • Leroy Wright