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British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble on a snap election was under question yesterday after the latest opinion polls showed her Conservative Party's lead was dwindling further just a week before voting begins.

Pressed over his willingness to push the nuclear button in the face of an imminent threat, the Labour leader said: "I think the idea of anyone ever using a nuclear weapon anywhere in the world is utterly appalling and awful..."

"They are telling us they are going to vote this time but they have not done so before".

At the Brighton Festival, yesterday (Thursday 1 June), he praised Jeremy Corbyn for going "to the grassroots" to transform his party ahead of the UK General Election on 8 June.

Labour's case for the common good comes-refreshingly-with minimal triangulation.

British politics looks very different before the June 8 mid-term election after Prime Minister Theresa May spread shock and awe in April by the surprise announcement of the polls -from brazen confidence about winning a massive majority to gnawing uneasiness now.

Another Question Time special will see Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon appear in a similar format on Sunday evening. Only on defence and security has Mr Corbyn seemed really vulnerable: his refusal to say he might ever be willing to use nuclear weapons went down badly with last night's audience.

Betting on this year's General Election as a whole has been a lot more popular compared to what we saw in 2015 and Oddschecker have witnessed nearly twice as more people coming to the site this time round compared to a couple of years ago.

"No more can Britain try to sustain its economy on the back of growth in the financial sector in one corner of England", Mr Corbyn said.

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. "I don't want to be responsible for millions of deaths and neither do you", he told the audience.

"Is the reason that you're doing so badly is that whenever people ask you about policy, all we get are cliches and platitudes?"

Jeremy Corbyn responded with his own European Union speech, in which he argued that no deal in the Brexit negotiations would be an economic disaster for the UK.

Mrs May repeated her mantra that "the only poll that matters is the one that takes place on polling day". And that's got more to do with how close the two major parties are to each other, and how their votes are distributed across the country, than with the vote share of any one party. Most ended up agreeing that they had paid too much attention to enthusiastic young voters, ignoring the fact that these young voters often don't actually vote (both the 2015 general election and the Brexit referendum saw 18- to 24-year-olds less likely to vote than those over 65).


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