Theresa May's lead over Labour falls ahead of vote

"It is clear that on contact with the voters, Mrs May is not going down well and she is losing ground in particular amongst middle-aged voters and female voters", Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, told Reuters.

Leaders from Labour, Greens, Lib Dems, Ukip and Plaid Cymru attended the BBC debate in front of a live audience in Cambridge yesterday evening.

The Labour leader said he would not use nuclear weapons first and when he declined to say if he would use them second, he faced heckles from the audience. "But this is an important moment for our country, we've got to get it right", she said.

Mrs May was also confronted by two voters who had been called to work capability assessments over mental health conditions, one of whom said she had been waiting nearly two years for NHS counselling.

Nuttall also struggles with low public satisfaction ratings where 18% say they're satisfied with the UKIP leader's performance (up 1 point) and 55% are dissatisfied (also up 1 point).

A young woman asked why the former London mayor had not been suspended over his rant in a radio interview 14 months ago, to which Mr Corbyn said investigations "may continue".

On Brexit, Mr Corbyn defended his team's ability to handle the negotiations, with immediate legislation to protect the rights of EU nationals in the United Kingdom and work to "guarantee trade access to the European markets and protection for the conditions we have achieved through EU membership".

But Chancellor Philip Hammond warned that Labour would destroy jobs by raising taxes and increasing borrowing. He said that austerity had hit public services and left people worse off with the rich being unaffected.

As for those further afield, the Labour party is a lot more popular bet with people living in Ireland, USA and Germany, whereas countries such as Australia, Spain and France are lapping up the shorter odds available for the Tories. He said not enough had been invested in skills training.

The Labour leader insisted he would not strike a deal with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and was working for a majority Labour government.

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that she was confident that Britain could get a good deal in negotiations to leave the European Union, but would be prepared to walk away without an accord on departure terms if necessary.

He told LBC: "I am more for Corbyn than for May for exactly the opposite of what Quentin says".

Rudd accused Corbyn of pushing "fantasy economics" based on a "magic money tree" a reference to Labour's proposed tax rises to pay for billions of pounds worth of investment into the NHS and schools.

Corbyn defended the abolition of university fees and its cost - which represents a quarter of all Labour's proposed extra spending.

The furore over the hastily-scrapped proposal provided Labour with a welcome opportunity to drag the spotlight from Brexit to health, education and social care.

Smaller parties, including the Scottish National Party and Northern Irish parties, could win 83 seats, The Times newspaper quoted YouGov as predicting.

  • Zachary Reyes