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Corbyn: It's a shame PM has not joined in head-to-head debate

Corbyn: It's a shame PM has not joined in head-to-head debate

Labour has said it would try to form a minority government, and Corbyn has refused to discuss forming a coalition after June 8.

With less than a week to go before the United Kingdom general election, opinion polls continued to show Labour gaining ground and the Conservative party's share of the vote shrinking.

In a hectic campaign which was suspended after a suicide bombing last week, pollsters, who universally got it wrong before the last vote in 2015, have offered a vast range for the result of the election: From May losing her majority to a landslide victory for her Conservatives of more than 100 seats.

For the election to produce a majority government, the biggest party theoretically must win at least 326 seats of the 650 United Kingdom constituencies.

Betting that she would win a strong majority, May called the snap election to strengthen her position at home as she embarked on complicated Brexit negotiations with 27 other members of the European Union.

Against the Bank of England's trade-weighted basket, which measures sterling's broader strength, the pound is now back where it was on April 9, before May called the election.

What could influence the vote on June 8?




But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised her refusal to debate with him directly. He asked how the public could trust the Conservatives when no figures were given in the manifesto.

The Ipsos MORI poll found May's personal ratings had fallen, although she still held a 15-point lead over Corbyn on who would make the better prime minister.

"The majority could be considerably better or worse than this for the Conservatives, depending on the pattern of turnout", he said. It is unlikely she would agree to stopping the Brexit divorce.

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.

YouGov said May was still the most favoured choice for prime minister, though her 43 per cent rating is the lowest it has ever been.

"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.

She said: "It would have been the easiest thing in the world for me having become the Prime MInister after the referendum when David Cameron resigned to say the next election is not until 2020".


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