Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV

Corbyn, leader of the leftist Labour Party who is standing on a platform of higher taxes on the wealthy, higher public spending and higher investment, stumbled over how much money it would take to broaden provision of free child care in a BBC radio interview.

“It’s not his MPs in the House of Commons necessarily, but there is a lot of support in the country”. I would guess that the polls will say that Corbyn did a better job than May, watch Tuesday’s price action to gauge whether or not the market is bothered by a Labour government.

Mr Corbyn replied the country was “badly divided between the richest and the poorest”, and more needed to be done so children didn’t go to school hungry and learn in “super-sized” classrooms.

“Because intrusion in my life is not nice but I am there, I’m an elected politician, it kind of goes with the territory, you might say”.

“If, in order to address them and do the right thing by the country, it takes being a hard woman, then that’s exactly what I will be”, she said.

Commenting on a substitute to what might have been a face-to-face debate between May and Corbyn, former UKIP leader and European Parliament MP Nigel Farage pointed out that May’s tough rhetoric on Brexit is likely to serve her well at the polls.

Paxman, at one stage, called May a “blowhard” and said that her changes in policy would mean that some in Brussels would see her as a soft touch in negotiations.

In her first major speech since campaigning was suspended following the Manchester bomb attack, the Prime Minister made repeated swipes at Mr Corbyn.

The latest ICM poll for The Guardian, released on Tuesday, put Labour 12 points behind the Conservatives on 33 per cent compared to 45.

Mr Corbyn’s attempt, in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, to draw a link between British involvement in military interventions overseas and terrorism at home led to allegations he was making excuses for extremists.

The Labour leader said he did not believe it had been a “plot” but that then prime minister Margaret Thatcher had been exploiting the situation.

“Who do you trust to stand up for Britain, to negotiate for Brexit and get the best possible deal for Britain in Europe?” she told a campaign event in South West London.

It was an uncomfortable echo of shadow home secretary Diane Abbott’s failure to set out the cost of Labour’s policy on policing during an LBC interview earlier this month.

“I think you have to”.

Tim Farron has said Theresa May had a “car crash interview” and also attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit stance following the pair’s grillings by voters and Jeremy Paxman.

Mrs May said she would be ready “from day one” to work on a new “deep and special relationship” with the European Union, while Mr Corbyn had “no plan for Brexit”.

Labour played down reports that Mr Corbyn could open the door to unskilled foreign workers as part of his immigration shake-up, insisting the document leaked to the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail was a discussion paper and “not a statement of Labour policy”.

Theresa May is expected to win comfortably in the UK general election