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

Ms May has faced some criticism for declining to directly debate Mr Corbyn or any of the leaders of the smaller parties.

The poll showed said May's lead had fallen sharply from a lead of 12 percentage points in the previous Survation/Mail on Sunday poll published on May 21.

Corbyn said he had a better team of negotiators to handle Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) than May and the ruling Conservative Party.

The Prime Minister said it was important to consult with organisations involved in elderly care to make sure it is set at the "right level".

Challenged about shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner's assertion that the United Kingdom would "absolutely be poorer" after Brexit, Mr Corbyn said: "I don't think we necessarily would be poorer".

"Meanwhile, Labour's support still relies a great deal on younger people, who in the past have proven less likely to vote".

There have been times when Brexit has felt like the elephant in the room during the campaign.

The two leaders were being quizzed consecutively and during May's outing the audience zoned in on her U-turns over the calling of the General Election and on social care.


Theresa May has rejected accusations that she went back on her word by going to the polls, telling voters: "I had the balls to call an election".

New analysis by polling expert Lord Ashcroft suggested that the likeliest outcome from the June 8 election will be a Conservative majority of 60 - substantially reduced on a similar estimate last week, but still a comfortable victory for Mrs May.

Doubts about Hammond's future have mounted since he had to reverse plans to raise payroll taxes for self-employed workers just days after presenting his first annual budget in March, while Rudd has played a highly visible role in the election.

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at Theresa May for refusing to debate with him on television, saying it was a "shame" that she had decided not to take part in a head-to-head showdown.

Asked if he would still like to be finance minister after the election, Hammond told the BBC: "Of course I would, that's a silly question".

"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.

"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".


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