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UK's May and Corbyn questioned by public on TV show

UK's May and Corbyn questioned by public on TV show

"Mr Gwynne turned his fire on Mrs May, saying it was "lamentable" and unacceptable that she was not prepared to give nurses a pay rise while handing out "£70 billion worth of tax giveaways to those at the top".

With one week to go until the June 8 vote, the Conservative Party leader headed to northeast England to remind voters of her pitch to be the best person to lead the country out of the European Union, amid reports of a rise in support in the polls for Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn.

Opinium for The Observer also has the Tories ahead but with the gap between the two main parties narrowing to just six points.

The two, who did not appear on screen together, but rather in separate segments on a BBC programme called Question Time.

However, she stopped short of repeating an apparent promise by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that there would be no rise in income tax for higher earners.

The Labour leader said it was "staggering" that pensioners were not being told at what level the Prime Minister intends to cap social care costs or how many elderly people will face losing the winter fuel payment worth up to £300. On the contrary, we want people to keep more of their earnings.

Labour swiftly dubbed the policy a "dementia tax", and the Conservatives were forced to make a U-turn on the policy.

But May, asked by reporters whether Fallon's comments meant the Conservatives were shifting their position on tax, said there had been no change. Our manifesto is a serious, well thought-out document, that I believe is getting a lot of support and people are getting very excited at the idea of how we can do things differently'. "It is our firm intention to reduce taxes for ordinary working families".

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The Prime Minister had the most hard moments of the debate when questioned about public services.

May also refused to comment on whether National Insurance contributions for self-employed people would increase.

He added: "Both Labour and the Conservatives are adopting a Brexit strategy that seems explicitly created to inflict maximum economic damage".

"Only the Lib Dems have a positive economic plan, including boosting spending while still achieving a surplus on the current budget".

Meanwhile Nicola Sturgeon toured Scottish constituencies by helicopter.

He said he would, and added: "We will invest properly in our police service, we will invest properly in our armed services, the numbers in the armed services have gone down, the navy are crying out for more ships, the air force are crying out for more surveillance aircraft. With polls tightening across the United Kingdom, the votes of people across Scotland could determine the size of Theresa May's majority". May is seeking to turn the tide after a rough week of campaigning, in which she was criticised for refusing to debate her fellow party rivals.

In a further blow to the Conservatives on Friday, one of its candidates who beat leading Brexit figure Nigel Farage in the 2015 parliamentary election, was charged with breaking expenses rules during that campaign.


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