November 19 2017

UK PM May's lead widens ahead of June 8 election - ORB poll

November 19 2017, 01:06 | Van Peters

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Though she had previously suggested she would not call a snap vote, May seems to have looked at Labour's low polling numbers and thought that now was an opportune time to call an election.

His speech came ahead of a high-profile BBC One Question Time in the city, on which he and Prime Minister Theresa May will be grilled separately by voters.

Jeremy Corbyn refused to say whether he would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike when questioned by voters this evening.

We will use a good deal to help businesses create more and better-paid jobs.

Another Question Time special will see Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon appear in a similar format on Sunday evening.

On a slightly lighter front, a picture appearing in numerous morning's papers features Mrs May, Mr Corbyn and Mr Farron given a ghoulish makeover for an attraction at Thorpe Park. It is the strength of our communities that gets us through these very bad times as London Mayor Sadiq Khan recognised but which the current occupant in the White House has neither the grace nor the sense to grasp.

Criticising Mrs May's record, he said: "You can not protect the public on the cheap".

May has said she wants a bigger majority in parliament to strengthen her hand as she goes into negotiations with the rest of the European Union about Britain's exit from the bloc.

"Let's hope that no prime minister of any political persuasion in the future is ever put in the situation that they will effectively be wiping out humanity, because that is a failure of diplomacy, it's a failure of foreign policy and it's a failure of defence policy".

The prime minister did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated. I could have stayed on and kept doing that job.

In order for a majority government to form, a party needs to hold a minimum of 326 seats out of the 650 constituencies in the UK.

One woman asked why voters should trust her given her "track record" of "broken promises" during her tenure.

"We've been open about that, and I've also been open that there will be some
hard choices to be made in addressing those various challenges".

In another hard moment, she was challenged by a woman who struggled to hold back tears as she described waiting for more than a year for counselling on the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

She said it is "fair to restrain immigration".

Mr Corbyn was challenged about his approach to Brexit and said the United Kingdom would not "necessarily" be poorer as a result of leaving the European Union.

However, 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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