May avoids debate as Labour cuts Tory lead

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party risks falling short of winning an overall majority of seats in parliament in a national election on June 8, The Times newspaper says, quoting research by polling firm YouGov.

May had agreed to participate in a televised town hall interview broadcast by Channel 4 News and Sky on Monday on the condition that she will not be on stage at the same time as her rival.

Missing from the line up was Prime Minister Theresa May who declined to take part, with the Home Secretary Amber Rudd instead representing the Conservative Party.

It was the clashes between Mr Corbyn - who only announced hours before the debate that he would take part - and Ms Rudd that were the most heated during the debate, with angry disagreements on the economy, Brexit, immigration and terrorism.

"The brighter future we want for our country will not just happen", she will warn.

"Vote Labour to transform Britain for the many, not the few".

It was of course predictable that the PM would come in for a bit of stick for not bothering to turn up, even though everyone was more than well aware that she wouldn't be in attendance long before the cameras started rolling.

In his opening statement, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron wasted no time, asking where Theresa May is and suggesting she might be "outside, sizing up your house to pay for your social care".

"Set free from the shackles of European Union control, we will be a great, global trading nation once again bringing new jobs and new opportunities for ordinary working families here at home", she will say, according to quotes supplied by her campaign.

Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas said Ms Rudd's response was "downright insulting".

Ms Rudd was laughed at by the audience as she called for people to "judge us on our record" on the public finances.

Mr Nuttall was also criticised by the other panellists for the way he talked about the Manchester bombing and Islam but he was unapologetic as he refused to rule detention without trial on terror suspects.

He said: "I've said nothing should be taken off the table".

Corbyn said he "utterly deplored" Nuttall's "subliminal attack on people of the Muslim faith" after the anti-EU party leader accused the Muslim community of not doing enough to report extremism.

"We have to recognise that we live in a multi-faith society", Corbyn said.

Nuttall's remarks were also condemned by SNP Deputy leader Angus Robertson who pointed out that a white neo-Nazi was responsible for the murder of MP Jo Cox. Since then, several mis-steps by May have thrown the contest into uncertainty.

The YouGov poll - conducted on May 30-31 - puts the Conservatives on 42 percent, down one point from a comparable poll on May 27.

May surprised nearly everyone in April when she called the snap election, saying she wanted to strengthen her hand for negotiations with the rest of the European Union about Britain's exit from the bloc.

  • Leroy Wright