Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Corbyn Backs Brexit But 'With a Deal' in TV Debate

Corbyn Backs Brexit But 'With a Deal' in TV Debate

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her main challenger, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, traded barbs Monday in back-to-back interviews as they battled over the nation's divorce from the European Union, health care and security ahead of an election next week.

But the toughest exchanges for the Prime Minister came when Mr Paxman challenged her on a serious of u-turns, on social care, national insurance and calling an election.

The Telegraph, perhaps unsurprisingly, takes a different stance suggesting that Mr Corbyn "ducked" a question on whether he would launch a drone strike, while the Times has a story about Mrs May's plans to "woo" the working class and focusing on getting Labour and Ukip voters to turn to her party.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at Sky studios to take part in a general election broadcast, in London, Monday May 29, 2017.

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But Mrs May did not provide an answer to a request from the officer, whose name was given as Martin, for a specific number of additional officers which she would recruit if re-elected in the June 8 general election.

Opinion polls show Labour have closed the gap on the Conservatives substantially during the campaign, but Corbyn's personal ratings remain low and the party has struggled to overcome longstanding doubts about its fiscal competence.

Jeremy Corbyn does face bias from the British media, one of the BBC's most senior presenters has claimed. Voters are not likely to get a true debate before the vote. "She is pursuing Nigel Farage's cold, mean-spirited, extreme Brexit agenda and starving our schools and hospitals with heartless cuts".

David Dimbleby said the Labour leader does not get a "fair deal" from newspapers as he repeated a view put forward by many of Corbyn's supporters.

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Paxman, at one stage, called May a "blowhard" and said that her changes in policy would mean that some in Brussels would see her as a soft touch in negotiations.

But Paxman set the tone by saying that if he were an European Union negotiator who had observed all her recent flip flops, he would think of her as a "blowhard who collapses at the first sound of gunfire".

Instead, much of the focus was on purely domestic issues such as tax increases proposed by Labour and cuts to the social safety net sought by May. The SNP lost one point to 2% and the Greens fell one to 1%.

Corbyn did not enjoy smooth sailing either, with Paxman making numerous accusations and typically cutting Corbyn off before he could reply.

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Ten days before the United Kingdom goes to the polls, the two party leaders separately faced wide-ranging questions on their manifestos, on Brexit and on past political stances and comments from the veteran tough questioner.

Corbyn insisted that all of Labour's manifesto policies had been fully costed and will be funded mainly through raising taxes for the top 5% earners and corporations.

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