Labour closing gap in opinion polls after 'wobbly week' for Tories

British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble on a snap election was under question yesterday after the latest opinion polls showed her Conservative Party's lead was dwindling further just a week before voting begins.

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May had said she was too busy "thinking about Brexit negotiations" and "meeting voters" to take part in the debate.

"I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues", the former Democratic presidential candidate said Thursday during a United Kingdom speaking tour promoting his book.

Pollsters, who universally got it wrong at the last election in 2015, showed support for May and the Conservatives falling after she was forced to backtrack on one of her most striking election pledges to make elderly people pay more for their social care, which opponents dubbed a "dementia tax".

"If the prime minister has a very big majority she will be able to do what she likes, the bigger the majority, the bigger the reshuffle", an unnamed minister was quoted by the Telegraph as saying. "I had the balls to call an election".

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

"There has to be no first use, there has to be a process of engagement to bring about, ultimately, global nuclear disarmament".

After being asked about nuclear weapons by an audience member he was probed by David Dimbleby if he would deploy nuclear weapons.

"That would mean slapping tariffs on the goods we export - an extra 10 per cent on cars - with the risk that key manufacturers would leave for the European mainland, taking skilled jobs with them", he said.

Corbyn was challenged about his attitude towards the nuclear deterrent and May was asked about her plans for a post-Brexit deal with Europe.

Corbyn ruled out a deal with other parties, including the Scottish National Party (SNP) in case of a hung parliament, saying he was looking forward to forming a majority Labour government.

All fairly predictable knock-about stuff but the main question which senior Labour figures would like to linger in the minds of voters is why should we have confidence in Mrs May to go into the negotiations when she does not have confidence in her own ability to enter a leaders' debate?

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