UK Labour chief challenges May to debate as race tightens

She was accused of lacking "guts" and of "running away" from the 90-minute BBC debate.

Ms Wood opened the debate with an attack on the Prime Minister for refusing to take part.

But May had earlier told a campaign rally that "debates where the politicians are squabbling among themselves doesn't do anything for the process of electioneering".

"While countries including China, Brazil, the USA and the Gulf States have expressed their interest in striking trade deals with us as soon as they can", the Conservative Party leader said. "You saw the coalition of chaos in action".

And attacking Mr Corbyn again, she said: "I know there is no extra payment you don't want to add to, no tax you don't want to rise".

Theresa May has played down polling that puts her on course to lose the General Election. "Take a look out your window, she might be out there sizing up your house to pay for social care".

May said "the only poll that matters is the one that's going to take place on June 8", and insisted that only she had the plan to take Britain through Brexit.

"She won't turn up to these debates because her campaign of soundbites is falling apart".

With just hours to go to the broadcast, Mr Corbyn cancelled planned visits in the south-west and announced he would attend the debate in Cambridge.

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Mr Corbyn engaged in a series of clashes with Ms Rudd over the squeeze on living standards and cuts to welfare as the debate heated up. "Have you seen the level of poverty that exists because of your government's conscious decision on benefits".

Labour said its plan to set up a National Investment Bank that will leverage enough private finance to invest 250 billion pounds ($322 billion) in infrastructure over 10 years, coupled with a network of regional development banks, will help create the new jobs.

Theresa May will call on voters on both sides of the Europe debate to unite in next week's General Election to give her a mandate to "fulfil the promise of Brexit".

Addressing Ms Rudd directly, she said: "My question is this really, why is Britain the second biggest arms dealer in the world? Jeremy Corbyn with his money tree, wish-list manifesto and no plan for Brexit or Theresa May with her record of delivery?"

The Greens' Ms Lucas said she wanted to "make the case" for freedom of movement across the European Union and the ability of people to be able to "live and love" in other countries.

The same story features on the front of the Sun, saying that she will deliver what Leavers voted for.

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has refused to criticise US President Donald Trump over his proposed withdrawal from the Paris climate change deal in an interview with BBC Breakfast.

Ms Lucas slammed the Tory cabinet minister, asking her how she can sleep at night knowing the level of arms the United Kingdom sells to Saudi Arabia amidst a brutal bombing campaign in neighbouring Yemen.

Yes he was aggressive with both Corbyn and Theresa May but he was aggressive to the prime minister on issues with which she is far more comfortable, including security and the Brexit negotiations where Paxman seemed endlessly to invite her to repeat the slogan that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

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