- Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have taken part in their first televised election debate as the campaign enters its final full week.
- The latest opinion polls put Jeremy Corbyn within reach of becoming the UK’s next Prime Minister.
- Labour has slashed the Conservative lead to 12 points according to an ICM/The Guardian poll released today (Tuesday).
- The election 2017 campaign has been dominated by Brexit and social justice today with both leaders speaking at major events.
Tuesday May 30
3.20pm: A new poll has been released which puts the Conservative lead at 12 points, down two points from last week.
The ICM / Guardian poll has Theresa May’s party on 45 per cent (down two), Labour on 33 per cent (no change), the Liberal Democrats on eight per cent (down one), Ukip on five per cent (up one) and the Green Party on three per cent (up one).
3.05pm: Here is a recap on today’s events.
Theresa May spoke about Britain and the EU at a campaign relaunch.
She resurrected her “strong and stable” slogan, and attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit.
Mr Corbyn has had “seven different Brexit plans”, she said, and said that the Labour leader would be left “naked in the negotiating chamber” if he is elected.
Jeremy Corbyn stumbled during an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this morning, and was unable to quote the cost of his manifesto plan to give 30 hours free childcare per week to all.
Later he launched Labour’s race and faith manifesto in Watford, and said that only Labour can deliver BAME equality.
The Conservatives will create a “rigged economy” that favours “their super-rich friends”, Mr Corbyn said at the event.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon launched the SNP manifesto, and argued that her party is the only party that can stand up for Scotland in Westminster.
3.04pm: Mr Corbyn asked if he thought it was unfair that he was expected to quote manifesto figures from memory.
He replied: “There is no such thing as being unfair to politicians. If you put yourself up for elected life, you are subject to permanent scrutiny.”
2.56pm: Mr Corbyn says that the choice is between Labour or five years of austerity, council cuts, food banks, students getting deeper and deeper into debt.
Closing his speech, he repeated his campaign slogan that Labour is for the many, not the few.
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2.54pm: Mr Corbyn says that differences in race, sexuality, ability and age should not divide communities.
“What unites us is a fundamental determination that every one of us is important,” he said.
2.51pm: Jeremy Corbyn is recapping Labour’s previous successes in social justice, and says that a Labour government will “break the rigged economy” and “call time on the economic disadvantages faced by BAME communities”.
2.48pm: Labour is committed to delivering equality in our justice system, Mr Corbyn says, with a reduction in stop and search powers and a focus on “policing by consent”.
2.46pm: Mr Corbyn is reiterating his national education service policy with free tuition fees.
“No matter your background, your wonderful potential should be realised,” he said.
2.45pm: “Only a Labour government will unleash the potential of all of our communities,” Mr Corbyn said.
He added that Labour wants to show that it cares, will understand, and will engage in difficult issues.
Labour wants to tackle name-based discrimination with name-blind recruitment, and will raise the national living wage to £10.
2.39pm: Black and Asian ethnic minority people are more likely to be unemployed, an equality which is not good enough, Mr Corbyn said.
BAME small business owners have been “ripped off” by the Conservatives, who have “rigged our economy” to favour “their super-rich friends”.
Mr Corbyn says that the Conservative ‘dementia tax’ plans and education cuts will also affect BAME families.
He added: “Labour believes that no one should put up with abuse or discrimination.”
“We will stand up and take effective action against hate crimes.”
2.37pm: Jeremy Corbyn is speaking again, this time at a campaign event in Watford.
He is condemning the “heinous crimes” that took place in Manchester last week.
Now speaking about social justice and equality, Mr Corbyn said: “Conservative policies have turned the clock back,” adding that Labour will fix the racial injustices in our economy.
2.02pm: George Osborne’s Evening Standard has launched a blistering attack on Theresa May, who famously sacked him from the Cabinet when she arrived at No 10.
The newspaper, edited by the former Chancellor, wrote today: “At home we face profound choices about everything from who we let into the country to how we sustain support for the free market and the free trade it depends on.
“Yet hardly any of this has featured in what was supposed to be the Brexit election.
“Labour knows the public shudders at the thought of Jeremy Corbyn representing the country abroad, so what passes for its campaign strategy has been a focus on softer domestic issues, from childcare to haircuts.
“The Conservative campaign has meandered from an abortive attempt to launch a personality cult around Mrs May to the self-inflicted wound of the most disastrous manifesto in recent history and, after the atrocity in Manchester, shrill attacks on Mr Corbyn’s appeasement of terrorism.
“Their campaign seems to have gone out of its way to avoid the very issue — Brexit — that was supposed to be the very reason we were having an election in the first place.
“The result can be summed up by what we imagine to be the conversation around the breakfast table in Downing Street: ‘Honey, I shrunk the poll lead.’”
1.17pm: Final questions for Theresa May during a campaign event in the West Midlands.
Asked if it was irresponsible to call an election so close to Brexit talks, Mrs May said that it was important to get a mandate ahead of talks.
1.15pm: Mrs May was asked if she is demeaning the office of the prime minister with her personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.
She insists that she is pointing out the difference between “strong and stable government and a coalition of chaos”.
The PM said she called the election because other parties were intent on disrupting Brexit.
1.11pm: Mrs May is giving a direct response to Angela Merkel’s claim that Europe cannot rely on the US and the UK.
She said: “We want to build a deep and special relationship. We will continue to work together on issues such as security and defence.”
1.10pm: The PM says she is not trying to scare voters with her Brexit chaos rhetoric, but is laying out the options voters are facing.
She repeated her stance that she is prepared, nobody else is.
1.09pm: Mrs May has said that people in Europe want to punish the UK for Brexit. She said: “[Corbyn] wants to get the worst deal for Britain at the highest price.”
1.07pm: Theresa May is now taking questions from journalists and is explaining her social care policy.
“What we currently see is people finding that they have to sell their homes to pay for care," she said.
“What we are proposing reduces and takes away those risks.
“You won’t have to sell your home in your lifetime. We are quadrupling the amount of savings that you can keep and pass on to your family
“There will be an absolute cap on costs.”
1.02pm: “A vote for Labour, the Liberal Democrats or the nationalists is too big a risk to take,” Mrs May said.
“In an age of shock election results, that risk is Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister in a hung parliament in just 10 days.”
“If that were to happen then, our government would be in chaos.”
1.00pm: “Jeremy Corbyn has no plan for Brexit at all,” Mrs May has claimed, pointing out that Brexit negotiations will start 11 days after the election.
The Labour leader has had "seven different Brexit plans" in recent months, she said, adding that he can not decide where he stands on single market membership.
The PM said the UK would be “naked in the negotiating chamber” if Labour wins the election.
12.56pm: Theresa May is revisiting many of the pledges made in her 12-point Brexit plan earlier this year.
The final Brexit deal would be put to a vote in both houses of parliament, Mrs May has said.
She added that a Conservative government would strengthen the unions of the four nations of the UK, control immigration, and guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons living abroad.
The UK would leave the single market, but a free trade agreement would be pursued.
12.52pm: The only way that Jeremy Corbyn can get into number 10 is to do a deal with the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, Mrs May has said, adding that he will not be able to make a success of Brexit.
She is now recounting her progress in the Brexit process so far, framing the election as a choice between a strong negotiating position with her and a weak one with Mr Corbyn.
12.49pm: Getting Brexit right is at the heart of the election campaign, the PM has said.
“Everything depends on and will be defined by these next five years. The central question is who has the will and crucially, the plan to make a success of Brexit.”
"I believe there is only one choice."
12.46pm: The Conservatives will not only get the best deal with Europe, but will also shift the balance to help people who are just about managing.
Mrs May says that her plan respects and responds to people’s desires to leave the European Union, and will back those who want to work hard.
School funding and the NHS budgets will be increased every year, she says, while social care funding will be adressed. No mention of a cap.
12.43pm: Theresa May has said that Jeremy Corbyn “is not prepared to take a single difficult decision for the good of our economy.”
She said that she is prepared for Brexit negotiations, while Mr Corbyn is not.
The PM repeated her claim that she only has to lose six seats in order for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister.
She has returned to her “coalition of chaos” warning.
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12.05pm: Final comments from Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP manifesto launch in Perth.
The SNP leader said that “it wouldn’t have been hard to come off better than Theresa May in that Sky programme last night”.
She said that she believes the Conservatives will form the next government, saying: “Voting Labour in Scotland would only run the risk of letting a Tory MP in the back door.
“Tory MPs will be a rubber stamp for anything Theresa May wants to do.”
12.00pm: A journalist pointed out that Ms Sturgeon does not appear on the cover of the 2017 manifesto. She was on the front page of the 2015 manifesto.
He asked: “Do you accept that you personally have become a more divisive person for voters?”
She answered: “For SNP politicians you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
11.55am: A funny exchange between Nicola Sturgeon and journalist David Clegg began when the SNP leader said that she struggled to recognise him due to her poor eyesight
Clegg: “I’m looking very handsome I can assure you.”
Sturgeon: “Diplomacy prevents me from commenting.”
Clegg: “The Conservatives are running this election campaign on one message, that they do not want another independence referendum.”
11.49am: Theresa May is not “the Iron Lady, but the queen of the U-turn”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
She confirmed that she would seek a second independence referendum at the end of the Brexit process in order to give Scotitsh people “a genuinely informed choice about the future of this country”, whether that be in 2019 or later.
11.38am:Scotland must be given “a choice between following the UK down the Brexit path, or becoming an independent country,” Ms Sturgeon said to huge applause from SNP supporters.
She added: “There is too much at stake for Brexit to be imposed on Scotland. Our future must be decided by us, not for us.”
If the SNP win a majority, they will pursue a second referendum.
11.30am: Nicola Sturgeon is now attacking Theresa May’s so-called dementia tax.
She said that she is proud that Scotland offers free social care, adding: “The SNP will always protect free personal and nursing care for our elderly.”
Speaking directly to pensioners, Ms Sturgeon said that the SNP will protect the winter fuel allowance in Holyrood, and oppose the removal of the pensions triple lock in Westminster.
11.20am: The SNP’s “responsible fiscal targets will return the UK’s finances to a sustainable position”, Nicola Sturgeon says.
SNP MPs will also back fair tax to help middle earners, but will opt not to cut tax for higher earners.
It will support an increase in the upper tax band from 45p on the pound to 50p.
“Our plans are fair to all and will lift people out of poverty,” Ms Sturgeon said.
11.14am: Nicola Sturgeon is launching the SNP’s manifesto, which she says “sets out a clear plan to protect Scottish jobs and strengthen Scotland’s hand”.
Speaking in Perth, Ms Sturgeon says that it is “vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland”.
Ms Sturgeon says that only the SNP can counter the Conservatives in Scotland.
“Voting Labour simply risks letting in Tory MPs”.
10.49am: More from Jeremy Corbyn on Woman’s Hour:
The Labour leader says that educational investment is the single policy that is best for women.
He adds that he is doing all that he can to address the abuse of women MPs online and condemned trolls.
Mr Corbyn refuses whether he would resign should Labour lose the election, and instead says that he is looking forward to winning.
10.45am: Time for Jeremy Corbyn's Woman's Hour appearance.
He has spoken about Labour’s plans to provide 30 hours of childcare a week to all but was unable to quote the figure stated in the manifesto (£2.7 billion).
He said that £2 billion would go into the social care budget, but said that the “patchy” current system meant that he could not give a final figure needed to address the care crisis.
On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said that he wants to negotiate a trade agreement, and that he would be determined to get a deal.
10.30am: Labour’s odds have shortened following last night’s debate, however the Conservatives remain the bookies’ favourite to win the election.
Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “There’s no doubt Labour are closing the gap in the polls, which is a sentiment that’s also being reflected in the odds and it seems Corbyn gave his party a slight advantage after last night’s ‘debate’, with the party’s odds shortening into 11/1 from 13/1 yesterday on the Most Seats market.
While more bets are being placed on Labour, the big money is on a Conservative victory.
“In the last week alone more than 65% of bets have been on Labour, however almost 95% of money is on the Tories, who are still heavy odds-on favourites at 1/14,” Baylis added.
“On the Overall Majority market a Conservative majority is at 2/13, with no overall majority at 15/2 and a Labour majority at 33/1.”
We are still waiting for the first post-debate opinion poll to be released. An ICM Unlimited survey is expected later today.
10.00am: Labour’s Angela Rayner has claimed that Theresa May’s Brexit stance has made the UK look “like ogres”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “She says no deal is better than a bad deal, but no deal is a bad deal.
“Saying you’re going to be a bloody difficult woman right at the start of the negotiations tends to make sure you do get a bad deal rather than working with partners across Europe. Theresa May has made us look like ogres across Europe. We’re a laughing stock.”
9.15am: David Davis has appeared on the Today show and has defended Theresa May’s stance on Brexit negotiations.
“She doesn’t want to do the negotiations on air and that’s quite reasonable,“ he said.
“The simple truth is that you [the media] want to get as much of the information as possible …
“We have over 100 pages of detail, two white papers … a five-page-plus letter to the European Union, all laying out what we’re after.
“What we’re after is a tariff-free arrangement … If we can’t have one, we’ll have to design our strategy as appropriate.”
The Prime Minister will speak about Britain’s withdrawal from the EU today as the Conservatives try to refocus the election race.
She will say: “If we don’t make a success of Brexit, we won’t have the financial means to fund the public services upon which we all rely.
“Our National Health Service – the institution which is there for us at the most difficult times – needs us to make a success of Brexit to ensure we can afford to provide it with the resources it needs for the future.
“Every school in every village, town and city needs us to make a success of Brexit.”
Jeremy Corbyn will appear in a webchat with Mumsnet at midday today, following his stop at Woman’s Hour.
Theresa May being quizzed by Jeremy Paxman during the live Battle for Number 10 debate
7.20am: Both Labour and the Conservatives have claimed victory in last night’s Sky/Channel 4 election debate.
Theresa May has “the strength and quiet determination to confront the challenges the country faces and set out the way through them”, said Brexit Secretary David Davis.
“The prime minister brought it back to the fundamentals – who is going to get the best Brexit deal, and in doing so who will be able to secure our economy, our public services and our national security,” he added.
“It was a strong, mature, considered performance. And it couldn’t have been more different to Jeremy Corbyn, who flannelled under pressure and couldn’t get past 30 years of words and deeds that put him on the wrong side of the British people.”
Labour, unsurprisingly, disagreed with Mr Davis’ assessment.
“Theresa May floundered on her record on police cuts, on funding for our NHS and schools and on her manifesto policy on social care that didn’t last more than a few days before it was amended with an unspecified cap,” a spokesman said.
“It’s no surprise she had no answers because the Tories plan to continue the tax giveaways to the wealthy and big business while offering no new funding for public services.
“There is a clear choice in this election about the kind of country we want Britain to be: between Labour’s plan to transform Britain for the many not the few, and a Conservative party that has held people back and put its wealthy backers first.”
Mr Corbyn found an unexpected supporter in Nigel Farage, who this morning tweeted: “I may not agree with @jeremycorbyn but he came across as being totally sincere. Paxman didn't score any goals.”
Today, the Labour leader will appear on Radio 4’s Woman’s House (10am). Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will continue her election reboot with a speech focussed on Brexit.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon will unveil the SNP manifesto, delayed by a week due to the Manchester attack.
06.40am: A recent polls claims Theresa May is back on track for an astonishing lead in the election because of her “strong” handling of the terrorist attacks in Manchester.
The Sun on Sunday poll predicts the Tories to win a 126-seat majority.
00.30am: A new poll has added to fears that Jeremy Corbyn could be edging closer to Downing Street with Labour just six points behind the Conservatives.
The Survation poll for ITV’s Good Morning Britain puts Theresa May’s Conservatives on 43 per cent unchanged from a week ago but Labour on 37 per cent – up three points.
The Lib Dems are on 8 per cent, Ukip 4 per cent and the Greens are on just one per cent.
According to the respected prediction website Electoral Calculus this poll would give the Tories a majority of 40 with 345 seats up 14, Labour down seven to 225 and the Lib Dems down five to three seats.
Jeremy Corbyn was quizzed during the debate about his alleged IRA links and terrorism policy
Monday May 29
10: 30pm: Theresa May is adamant she will walk away from EU without a deal if UK punished for Brexit.
10:20pm: Theresa May appears to avoid answering Jeremy Paxman when he questioned on how much she was prepared to pay to leave the European Union.
10:10pm: Theresa May is up, first being quizzed by audience member and then she will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman.
Mrs May is probed over the drop in a police officer numbers following the Manchester bombing by a concerned bobby in the audience.
9:50pm: TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman tears into Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's republican views by telling him: "You don't like the Queen.”
9:30pm: Jeremy Crobyn is criticised by audience member about refusing to put a figure on capped immigration.
8.50pm: Jeremy Corbyn is first up in the live “Battle for Number 10 debate”.
Responding to the question Mr Corbyn said: "I wanted dialogue in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s.
"I did make contact with Sinn Fein when their leadership was not allowed to travel to Britain, for example.
"I wanted there to be a peace process.”
The Opposition leader was also quizzed on whether he was the right man for the job as Prime Minister.
The audience member said: “Like many voters I approve of the policies in your manifesto, the problem I have don’t see you as someone who can effectively run this country.
“How can you convince me that you are someone that can effectively run this country?"
Mr Corbyn responded: ”Leadership is as much about using this (gesturing to his ear) as using this (pointing to his mouth)."
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Protests, fights and daleks, it's all happening as the politicians hit the campaign trail for the snap election
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Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to Hackney Marshes Football Pitches, to highlight Labour's manifesto commitment to ensure 5% of the Premier League's television rights income is diverted to the grassroots game, during a General Election campaign
8pm: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are both in Sky’s studios, waiting for The Battle for Number 10 to begin at 8.30pm.
Mr Corbyn will be the first leader to face the audience and Jeremy Paxman, followed by Mrs May, in the 90 minute programme.
The debate is being simulcast on Sky News and Channel 4.
7.35pm: A ComRes opinion poll for The Independent puts the Conservatives a whole 12 points ahead of Labour, despite YouGov’s narrow difference of just 5 points.
According to the poll, support for Theresa May’s party sits at a strong 46 per cent compared to Labour’s 34 per cent.
The poll was carried out between Wednesday and Friday last week, before parties resumed their election campaigns on Friday.
Tim Farron’s Liberal Democrats meanwhile are at a low eight per cent. Ukip remains at an unchanged five per cent while the Greens have dropped to two per cent.
7.26pm: Theresa May has just arrived at Sky’s studios in West London.
In an hour’s time, Mrs May will appear on The Battle for Number 10 in front of a live studio audience.
6.50pm: Labour’s party chief campaigner has hinted that Jeremy Corbyn could remain as party leader regardless of whether or not he wins the election.
“People don't want austerity, people have had enough of cuts,” Mr Lavery told a crowd in Scotland. “Today's economy is completely fractured – it's broken, it only serves the rich and the wealthy and we'll change that.
“We want change that and we're in the process – it will be a long, long, long process, of changing politics in Britain.
“Whatever happens at the election isn't the end of the Corbyn project, it's only the beginning of the Corbyn project.”
5.55pm: Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out a deal with the SNP after Nicola Sturgeon said she would try to strike an alliance.
The Labour leader however said there would be no deals on the issue, just 10 days ahead of polling day.
"There will be no deals,” Mr Corbyn said. “There will be no alliance. We're fighting this election to win.
"Only Labour or the Tories can win this election and voting Labour is the only way to remove Theresa May from office and build a Scotland for the many not the few."
The comments followed a BBC interview in which Ms Sturgeon said mr Corbyn was not "credible as an alternative prime minister".
2.20pm: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will appear on Sky's and Channel Four’s Battle for Number 10 tonight.
The two party leaders will face a live studio audience and Jeremy Paxman at 8.30pm for the first time in this campaign.
Mrs May and Mr Corbyn will not go head-to-head however, and will be questioned by Mr Paxman individualy, in the 90 minute programmes.
Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May are vying to become the UK Prime Minister
Sunday May 28
10.30pm: Labour has responded to Ian Lavery's comments suggesting Jeremy Corbyn could stay on even if he loses the election.
A party source said: "Ian was talking about our transformative manifesto and its policies for the many, not the few."
Mr Corbyn has yet to say whether or not he will step down in the event of a Labour defeat.
10.00pm: The Lib Dems have attacked Nicola Sturgeon's admission that the SNP could form a coalition with Labour.
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: "Liberal Democrats have ruled out any coalitions.
"There will be no coalition with Theresa May and her plan for a damaging hard Brexit and a cold-hearted plan for the country. There will be no coalition with Jeremy Corbyn and his plan to support that damaging hard Brexit.
"The more Liberal Democrat MPs elected the stronger the credible voice against a hard Brexit, for investment in public services and a sound plan for the economy."
8.30pm: Jeremy Corbyn will try to continue as Labour leader even if the party is defeated in the General Election, according to one of his shadow cabinet allies.
Elections and campaign coordinator Ian Lavery told a rally in Glasgow that "whatever happens" the "Corbyn project" is only beginning.
7.45pm: Nicola Sturgeon was left squirming in a BBC interview with Andrew Neil as she tried to defend her handling of the Scottish economy during a car-crash interview.
And he addedd: "The Scottish economy is now growing at less than a quarter of the pace of the UK economy, it could be on the brink of recession.
"Don't you think that you should end your obsession with independence and start generating some growth in Scotland?"
5.00pm: The latest opinion polls could indicate a return to two-party politics, Philip Cowley, professor of politics at Queen Mary University has said.
He explained: “The combined Labour and Conservative vote has risen by 10 points during the campaign, almost to a level not seen since 1979.
“This is ersatz two party politics, without any of the structural supports of the 1950s or 60s. Easy come, easy go.”
He added the caveat: “Would be wary of talk of the return of two-party politics, both because of Scotland (obviously) but also because this has such weak foundations.”
2.45pm: Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has dismissed the fall in Tory support as something that “always happens”.
She told Sky News: “As a veteran of six Scottish or UK wide elections and two referenda the narrowing of the polls always happens around this time and it focuses people's minds.
“People at home will be thinking actually in two weeks time Jeremy Corbyn could be in charge of the country, Diane Abbott could be the home secretary charged with keeping us safe, John McDonnell might be in charge of your pay packet."
She added: “Theresa May is Prime Minister, I hope she continues as Prime Minister, in three weeks' time the first day of negotiations for Brexit are going to happen and we will either be led by Theresa May of Jeremy Corbyn.
“And I absolutely, seven days a week, twice on a Sunday, think Theresa May is the best person in that job.”
Elsewhere, Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to cancel a planned event in Glasgow this afternoon due to the ongoing British Airways flight disruption.
Mr Corbyn was due to fly to Scotland after his appearance on Peston on Sunday, but is now travelling by train. He will appear at a rally in Glasgow this evening.
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Jeremy Corbyn looks around as he arrives at Savoy Place
2.15pm: Good news for Theresa May – a new poll gives the Conservatives a 14 point lead over Labour.
The ICM / The Sun on Sunday survey puts the Tories on 46 per cent, with Labour on 32 per cent and the Liberal Democrats on eight per cent. All three parties were down by one point since an ICM poll conducted last week. UKIP were on on five per cent, a gain of one.
The poll is in sharp contrast to the two mentioned here earlier which put Labour within six to seven points of the Conservatives.
YouGov’s Anthony Wells points out that ICM polls tend to show the largest Tory leads because of their demographic based turnout model.
1.00pm: Jeremy Corbyn has appeared on Peston on Sunday, where he avoided questions on Diane Abbot’s comparison of the IRA and her old hairstyle.
“Diane’s hairstyle is a matter for Diane,” Mr Corbyn said, adding: “We learnt, all of us, a lot from the whole experience of Northern Ireland.”
Once again, Mr Corbyn denied having met with IRA terrorists and denied having ever referred to extremists as “freedom fighters”.
Mr Peston asked the Labour leader why he voted against terror laws “designed to keep us safe”.
Mr Corbyn said that he has been “assiduous in his scrutiny of anti-terror laws”, and pointed out that Theresa May and David Davis have both voted against certain legislation.
Michael Fallon followed Mr Corbyn on Peston, and claimed that Mr Corbyn had justified terror attacks based on UK foreign policy.
He added: “We would certainly be less safe if Jeremy Corbyn was prime minister”.
Over on the Andrew Marr show, Home Secretary Amber Rudd was pushed on the Conservative’s social care policy.
She admitted that there would be a cap on the costs of social care, but conceded that the party is “not sure” what it would be.
"The Prime Minister has said yes, there will be a cap, but we are not sure where the cap will be,” she said.
"What we are saying is we will have a green paper to make sure that we set it at the right level and we consider all the other alternatives."
Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed by Andrew Neil
12.10am: Diane Abbott was put on the spot again by Andrew Marr, who handed her list of terror groups that she had not voted to ban.
Ms Abott refused to take the list, and said: “Nobody votes against these things without a lot of thought and the view of myself and Jeremy and most members of the Conservative Party including David Davis at the time was that this was counter productive, counter terrorism legislation.”
11.40am: Diane Abbott has used a bizarre analogy to defend her past comments on the IRA.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the Shadow Home Secretary was quizzed on her historic claim that “a defeat for the British state would be a great liberation”.
Ms Abbott told Mr Marr: “That particular quote comes from a now-defunct left-wing newspaper.
“It was 34 years ago. I had a rather splendid afro at the time, I don’t have the same hair style, I don’t have the same views.
When asked if she regretted her comments, she repeated the analogy and said that “we have all moved on”.
Jeremy Corbyn was also pressed about his views on the IRA by Andrew Neil on Friday.
The Labour Party leader said that he never met with the IRA, but rather with Sinn Fein activists.
"I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein, as indeed I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and a peace process,” he said.
Yesterday Mr Corbyn condemned the IRA’s bombing campaign, which he said “was completely wrong, because it was taking civilian lives”.
A YouGov / Sunday times poll tells a different story to the ORB / Sunday Telegraph survey
Labour’s surge in popularity is driven by women, with 40 per cent now planning to vote for the party. Forty-one per cent said that they will vote Tory.
The poll, which was conducted for the Sunday Telegraph, puts the Conservatives on 44 per cent of the vote, two points less than a previous survey, with Labour on 38 per cent, a four point increase.
The Liberal Democrats won seven per cent (no chance) and Ukip’s share has collapsed to five per cent.
Research was conducted after the Manchester terror attack, suggesting that voters trust Labour to oversee national security.
The overall drop in support for the Conservativesmakes it clear that voters have not taken well to Theresa May’s bungled manifesto launch, which included a controversial social care policy that has since been reversed.
A YouGov / Sunday Times poll shows a slightly different story, with Labour at 36 per cent – seven points behind the Conservatives, but two points down on a survey taken earlier in the week.
The Conservatives drew 43 per cent of support, level on the previous poll. The Liberal Democrats were on nine per cent (down one), and UKIP were level on four.