UK PM May's lead widens ahead of June 8 election - ORB poll

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06 June, 2017

She has seen her party's lead whittled away by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour but the Tories are still 11 points clear, according to the exclusive ICM poll for The Sun on Sunday.

ComRes has her personal rating turn negative for the first time since becoming Prime Minister a year ago at minus 3% - a 12 point drop since they last tested it in February.

Mrs May was confronted by voters on issues of trust and cuts to welfare under the Conservatives, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pressed over his refusal to say if he would use the UK's nuclear weapons, even in retaliation to an attack.

Mr Corbyn said: "I have not supported any of those organisations".

But she was accused by one audience member having "called an election for the good of the Conservative Party, and it's going to backfire on you". It would have been easy for me as prime minister to stay on and keep a hand on the job.

Asked by an NHS worker about the current one per cent limit on annual public sector pay rises, the Prime Minister responded: "We have had to take hard choices across the public sector in relation to public sector pay restraint".

The Prime Minister said it was important to consult with organisations involved in elderly care to make sure it is set at the "right level".

Mrs May told the audience her presence at the BBC Question Time Special, broadcast from York University, showed she was not avoiding debates.

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Mr Corbyn faced shouts of "what would you do" when he refused to say whether he would authorise a retaliatory strike if the United Kingdom had already come under nuclear attack.

"It's not going to happen quickly, it's not going to happen easily, but we have to have that wish".

Corbyn was challenged about his attitude towards the nuclear deterrent and May was asked about her plans for a post-Brexit deal with Europe.

The Labour leader insisted he would not strike a deal with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and was working for a majority Labour government.

The Labour leader attacked Mrs May for failing to sign a joint letter with leaders of Germany, France and Italy condemning President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Accord on climate change.

This is of course the final weekend before we go to the polls, and in many cases, the final opportunity to catch people at home.

She added she would continue to work for a Labour party that "once again can deserve your confidence".


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