May and Corbyn grilled on social care and defence by voters

Speaking after the Question Time show, Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Mr Corbyn's approach to Trident meant Labour's backing for the armed forces was "completely meaningless because when it came to the business of defending this country he wouldn't do it".

Mr Corbyn - who claims he was trying to make peace in Northern Ireland - replied that killings on all sides were indefensible. He wouldn't, he explained, want to get to the situation where he had to decide whether to press the button.

May faced a string of awkward questions from members of the public on Friday, including a challenge from a nurse, Victoria Davey, who left the leader faltering after confronting her over the one per cent pay increase of NHS staff, the Guardian reported on Friday. He said: 'This manifesto is utterly irresponsible it's saying there's a cheap way out that we'll borrow and tax people'. "I'd rather have it and not use it than not have it at all", an audience member told him. We've had seven years of a Conservative government, seven years of austerity has failed.

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "Theresa May showed contempt for the British people by refusing to debate other party leaders".

On Friday morning, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would charge three people with election offences.

May, who a year ago campaigned quietly to stay in the European Union, is now leading the march for the exit.

Mrs May said public sector staff were "working very hard on jobs we want them to do", but added: "We have to make sure that we are managing our money carefully because at the end of the day there isn't a magic money tree that suddenly delivers all the money everybody wants for the spending everybody wants".

Mr Mackinlay said in a statement on his Facebook page that "my campaign continues as before".

If she fails to handsomely beat the 12-seat majority her predecessor David Cameron won in 2015, her electoral gamble will have failed and her authority will be undermined both inside the Conservative Party and at talks with 27 other European Union leaders.

"He has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party... and that is exactly what I am trying to do".

"The mask has finally slipped", John McDonnell, a lawmaker who would be finance minister if Labour win the election, said in a statement.

And she denied she had called the election out of political calculation.

"I had the balls to call an election", she retorted at one point, using distinctly unparliamentary language. "They did kill a lot of people, didn't they?" he was asked.

"They should have a prime minister who has an absolutely resolute determination to respect their will".

After hosting a roundtable with pensioners in Lincoln, the Labour leader told reporters: "I think there's complete chaos going on at the top of the Government".

The party also suggested that if the social care cap was set at £100,000 then a person with a house worth the national average of £217,500 and savings of £20,000 would face having 42% of their estate going towards care costs.

The story Corbyn's refusal to consider using nukes "chilling" first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Salvatore Jensen