Theresa May launched a bitter attack on Jeremy Corbyn yesterday and claimed that he has said “terror attacks in Britain are our own fault”.
Speaking at the G7 summit in Sicily, the Prime Minister issued a direct response to the Labour Party leader’s claim that UK foreign policy is directly linked to terror attacks at home.
Mrs May said: “I’m going to be very clear about what has been said today.
“What has happened is I have been here at the G7 working with other international leaders to fight terrorism.
“At the same time, Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault – and he has chosen to do that just a few days after one of the worst terrorist atrocities we have experienced in the United Kingdom.”
Mrs May went on to accuse Mr Corbyn of providing “an excuse for terrorism”, adding: "The choice that people face at the general election has just become starker.
“It's a choice between me, working constantly to protect the national interest and to protect our security – and Jeremy Corbyn, who frankly isn't up to the job.”
Earlier this week, Mrs May repeated her claims that a Labour-led coalition could form the next government if the Conservatives lose "just six seats" – a prospect she says “should scare us all”.
“The prospect of him walking through the door of Number 10, flanked by John McDonnell and Diane Abbott and propped up by the Liberal Democrat and nationalist parties, should scare us all,” Mrs May said.
The Prime Minister’s claim appears to be based on a scenario where the Conservatives win 324 seats in the general election, while Labour and other parties finish with 326 seats and form a coalition government.
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The Conservatives continue to lead the latest poll, albeit with a much-reduced lead of just five points.
The YouGov/Sunday Times survey put Mrs May’s party on 43 points (-1), just ahead of Labour on 38 points (+3).
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When Mrs May announced the snap general election, her party commanded twice the support that Labour did.
However the ‘dementia tax’ scandal coupled with strong support for Labour’s left-wing manifesto has seen the prospect of a Tory landslide diminish somewhat.
If the latest poll was replicated on a nationwide swing, Mrs May would be returned as Prime Minster, albeit with a wafer-thin majority of two.
The poll is the first to be released since Mrs May’s social care policy U-turn, and coincides with a fall in her personal popularity ratings from +10 on April 19 (the day after the election was announced) to -8 on Monday.
In the wake of the Manchester terror attack, Mrs May’s rating bounced back to +1. Mr Corbyn’s approvals rose from -42 to -11, before falling again to -16.
YouGov research director Anthony Wells has said that the poll represented “a good rough guide”, but warned that “there will be local differences”.
“It has been a highly unusual few days in an election campaign, arguably unlike any other in history,” he said.
“There is no way of guessing what will happen in the two weeks to polling day but we will be able to be more confident about how voting intention settles down over the next few days.”
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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
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The Conservatives are the favourite to win both an overall majority and the most seats at Betfair.
Mrs May has an 86 per cent chance of winning a majority, the bookmaker says, although Labour's odds continue to improve.
Betfair spokesportson Katie Baylis, said: “While the Tories are still heavy odds-on favourites on both of the major markets of Most Seats and Overall Majority, there’s no doubt Labour’s odds are moving in the right direction for Jeremy Corbyn.
Conservative Majority 2/13 or 85% chance
No Overall Majority 9/1 or 10% chance
Labour Majority 29/1
Conservative 1/14 or 93% chance
Labour 13/1 or a 7% chance
Lib Dems 999/1