May stands over calling election as Corbyn is heckled on nuclear stance

May stands over calling election as Corbyn is heckled on nuclear stance

A Corbyn victory on June 8 would have “a hugely negative impact on our economy”, she claimed.

Labour is continuing to make ground on the Conservatives as the two main parties enter the final days of the General Election campaign, according to a new opinion poll.

The leftist leader’s lifelong opposition to nuclear weapons has drawn severe criticism from within his own party, and he was heckled on Friday for refusing to say whether he would launch a retaliatory strike if Britain were attacked.

One man accused the Labour leader of speaking with the IRA “when they were killing our people – our women and children”.

Although they also smelled a missed opportunity.

Mr Corbyn said it was “a shame” that he and Mrs May were questioned separately in the 90-minute broadcast in York, because the Prime Minister refused to debate other leaders head to head.

The former Conservative cabinet member, who quit as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions previous year, praised the Prime Minister, saying that by the end of the campaign the public will see her as “strong and tough”.

“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”, said May, who backed the “Remain” campaign for last year’s referendum on European Union membership.

May, who won the top job in the political chaos following the shock June 23 Brexit vote, used a speech yesterday in northern England to pitch her vision of Brexit.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Conservative chairman, said after the debate: “Jeremy Corbyn wilted under pressure – he waffled on and on in meaningless soundbites without offering anything of substance. Your entire manifesto has holes in it, and everyone else can see that”.

“I’ve said that I think no deal would be better than a bad deal”.

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.

After saying he thinks the “idea of anyone ever using a nuclear weapon anywhere in the world is utterly appalling and terrible”, he ruled out authorising its “first use”.

“There has to be no first use”. “It’s not going to happen quickly, it’s not going to happen easily, but we have to have that wish”.

“I am aware of what Corbyn not only is doing now, but what we has done for the last several years”, he said.

The Labour leader, who’s made no secret of his long-held opposition to Trident despite agreeing to press ahead with renewal of the system, was repeatedly asked whether he would be prepared to push the button if the United Kingdom was under attack.

“I deplore racism in any form whatsoever”, he said.

And moderator David Dimbleby told her that reports suggested nurses were forced to go to food banks, asking: “Is that fair?”

She said: “I don’t understand why everyone in this room seems so keen on killing millions of people”.