Jeremy Corbyn fights back after childcare funding gaffe

If the result of the poll is uniformly spread nationwide, it could mean the Tories end up with a smaller majority than in 2015, according to the Times, a result which analysts say could spell more losses for a currency that was buffeted by the Brexit vote in 2016.

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".

"Now, I know that's an image that doesn't bear thinking about, but actually this is very serious".

But during the question and answer session, one auidence member was less than impressed with her response to questions on the NHS.

In an effort to get back to her key election messages of leadership and Brexit, she said Mr Corbyn was not prepared for the crunch talks with Brussels that will start within days of the General Election and would find himself "alone and naked" in the negotiations.

"One thing for Bernie, and I think this applies for Corbyn too, is there is a certain integrity behind it", she said. "It hardly inspires the voters", said the presenter, Emma Barnett, before giving the Labour leader the correct figure of £4.8 billion (€5.52 billion) a year.

The PM said that Mr Corbyn's performance on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme The Battle For Number 10 showed "I am ready to go".

But that line was barely mentioned in her interview, with Mrs May instead concentrating on the Conservatives as the best choice to get a good Brexit deal for the country.

"Doing what is the right thing by the country".

Pressed further by Paxman if that means she would be ready to cut short the lingering talks and part with the European Union without any agreement, the prime minister reiterated that the United Kingdom "will be there to negotiate the right deal but..."

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

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. 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.

She also declined to spell out which pensioners would lose the winter fuel allowance under the Tory plans. In negotiations you have to recognise that you're not in there to get a deal at any price.

Next, Theresa May faced the grilling from the audience after which Paxman called her a "blowhard who collapses at the first sound of gunfire" over her recent U-turns on the so-called "dementia tax" which makes it hard for elderly Britons to pass on property to their heirs.

  • Zachary Reyes