This man's moustache won the BBC Question Time debate

Jeremy Corbyn responded with his own European Union speech, in which he argued that no deal in the Brexit negotiations would be an economic disaster for the UK. And secondly, could the polls just be wrong?

Mr Corbyn has been able to portray himself as an anti-establishment underdog, proffering populist spending increases, and he has largely avoided major mistakes.

In Britain's electoral system, voters choose their local representative in the House of Commons, rather than voting directly for the prime minister and, as candidates knock on doors to canvass support, for some Corbyn is no longer enough of a deterrent to stop them backing Labour.

"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.

Failure to win the June 8 election with a large majority would weaken May just as formal Brexit talks are due to begin while the loss of her majority in parliament would pitch British politics into turmoil.

But things weren't so simple.

May repeated her mantra that "the only poll that matters is the one that takes place on polling day". "I don't approve of any terrorism of any sort, any terrorist act of any sort", he said.

The "vast majority" of the one million good quality jobs Labour has pledged to create would go to British workers, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested.

The Conservatives have made an official complaint to the BBC after the debate about the "biased" audience in the leaders' debate and warned there must be no repeat when May and Corbyn appear on a Question Time special.

In her very first question she was confronted by a charge that she had "a known track record of broken promises and backtracking" as both Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

After all, she ascended to 10 Downing Street to replace David Cameron after the referendum past year without having faced voters.

Accused by one questioner of calling the election to advance her own political interests, Ms May said she "had the balls" to call an election because of Brexit.

Mr Corbyn came under tough interrogation over his attitude towards nuclear weapons, as audience members insisted on knowing whether he would be ready to use Britain's Trident deterrent.

"I've said that I think no deal would be better than a bad deal".

Then challenged by an audience member over why he had "never regarded the IRA as terrorists" he responded saying "I have deplored all acts of terrorism by anybody in Northern Ireland or anywhere else" before facing a barrage of further questions of his discussions with members if the group at the time.

"Do you want to comment on that?" Mr Corbyn shook his head.

His stance won support from some. The public, however, is seemingly finding more favor with Corbyn's desire to discuss and be transparent with them, as they feel that in an election it is better, on a politician's part, to let the people know what their true plan is for the nation's political future. A nurse complained his pay had fallen 14 percent in real terms.

She said she would "deliver on the will of the people" and also "make sure we make a success" of Brexit.

Mrs May was unapologetic.

She focused on Brexit and attacks on Labour over the question of leadership.

  • Leroy Wright