Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will face a live studio audience and a tough TV interviewer as the general elec

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn to face questions on live TV

The Conservative party responded by pointing to Mrs May's Facebook Live and LBC interviews, which they say Mr Corbyn refused to take part in.

The Labour leader faced tough questioning about his past alliances and views but remained calm and confident throughout.

She was then heckled by an audience member after a replying to a question on school funding, saying: "Nobody can guarantee the real terms per pupil funding increase".

Fresh from the hot lights of the TV studio, Theresa May will be back on the road as we continue the last full week of campaigning before the General Election as the Conservative battlebus takes the PM to the West Midlands.

In the 90-minute programme, the Prime Minister was repeatedly challenged on her policy u-turns - while the Labour leader was grilled on his past support for the IRA. Now, with her lead slashed, she's hoping they are.

In recent polling, the Tories, who have an approval rating of between 43% and 46%, are ahead of Labour, who are polling at 32% to 36%. The coverage of Labour has been mostly negative because there has mostly been negative things to cover.

Barely two weeks ago, a series of surveys showed May was on course for a landslide parliamentary majority in a June 8 snap election which she called to secure a strong mandate for Brexit talks.

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Simply being put in front of the cameras isn't enough by itself.

"The game is aimed at 18-34 age range because they're really crucial at this election", said Moulding, who said the game had been downloaded 2,000 times in its first three hours online.

Corbyn, while outperforming relatively low expectations, appeared vulnerable when questioned about his willingness to authorise military force, his past opposition to the Falklands war in the early 1980s, and his expressions of regret that Osama bin Laden had been killed, rather than arrested and tried.

Questions that might have floored other politicians seemed to bounce straight off as he kept his composure throughout. Corbyn overcame his reputation as a stiff campaigner in a relaxed and humorous performance that many political watchers called one of his best appearances. He got the audience laughing with him.

In her last full week of campaigning she will push the message that she is the best prime minister to face down "aggressive" Brexit demands from the rest of the European Union.

Jeremy Corbyn has finally coughed up the figures on how much Labour's free child care policy will cost.

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Mr Paxman countered: "You don't like her, do you, you don't like what she represents?"

The prime minister struggled to paint a vision of change many voters will feel inspired to vote for.

One thing's for sure, had the pair gone head-to-head it was likely to have made interesting viewing.

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told the Telegraph: "This leaked plan is the latest sign that Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott will never reduce immigration because they simply don't believe in doing so".

But it was not all good news for the Labour leader. At worst, May came off a poor second.

It was not a debate, but did air policy and stylistic differences between the two foes.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Business Insider.

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