Ms May was uncomfortable when she was challenged on her history of U-turns, on everything from calling an early election to a manifesto commitment on social care for older people.
A total of six polls carried out since the May 22 Manchester attack have shown May’s lead over the opposition Labour Party narrowing, suggesting she might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.
The Prime Minister said that the funding of the health service is linked to the performance of the economy, but she was committed to increasing funds for the NHS.
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One of the first questions to Mr Corbyn came from an audience member who claimed the Labour leader had “openly supported the IRA in the past” by attending a commemoration for eight IRA members killed by the SAS in Loughgall in 1987.
“Leadership is as much about using this (gesturing to his ear) as using this (pointing to his mouth)”.
When pressed further, Mr Corbyn said: “The contribution I made to that meeting was to call for a peace and dialogue process in Northern Ireland”.
The renewal of Trident was “a conference decision by the Labour Party and as the leader of the party I accept the democracy of our party”, the leader added.
At one point a heckler yelled, “You’ve clearly failed”.
“I’ve met pensioners who have said they don’t think they should get that winter fuel payment”, she said.
Matthew Champion’s tweet appeared to have a sarcastic air about it as he wrote: “Great to see Paxman quizzing Corbyn on the pressing issues of the election like the Falklands and abolishing the monarchy”.
She told the police officer: “What we had to do when we came into government in 2010 was to ensure that we were living within our means and that was very important because of the economic situation we had inherited”. My point was that we need more police not less – that’s why we’ve pledged to provide 10,000 more police on our streets – and we need a foreign policy that doesn’t leave large areas of the world ungoverned so that we have a more secure future for all of us.
Mrs May was asked about the Tories’ planned reforms to the way social care is funded, with a man in the audience describing the changes as a “dementia tax”.
“We will put an absolute cap on the level of money that people have to spend on care”.
The SNP’s Patrick Grady said: “I think we’ve found out why the prime minister has been so reluctant to take part in leaders’ debates tonight”.
May, from the Conservative Party, was heckled and laughed at by some members of the audience at Monday’s TV appearance when discussing her education policy.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would walk away from divorce talks with the European Union without a deal if she had to, but her rival in an election next week, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, said he would make sure an agreement was reached if he won power.