Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn to face questions on live TV

"It is totally and absolutely completely unacceptable for anyone to throw abuse at anyone else", the Labour leader said. These are the issues that have come up on the doorstep in some swing seats.

Asked for his approach to tackling violent Islamist extremism, Mr Corbyn said: "We have to cut off the funds for IS, cut off the arms for IS, cut off their publicity as well, but also bring about a peace process in Syria by reconvening the Geneva talks".

The man himself will be happy with the outome of tonight's Channel Four/Sky News special, arranged after May ducked a head-to-head debate.

And she said: "What became clear and is increasingly clear in this election, is the desire of other parties to frustrate the will of the British people".

Mr Corbyn defended his comment that the killing of Osama bin Laden had been a "tragedy", telling Paxman the al Qaeda leader should have been arrested and put on trial.

"It isn't a question of what it's worth paying to get out; it's a question of what is going to be the right deal for us in leaving the European Union which will stop us from having to pay huge sums of money into the European Union every year", she said.

Mr Corbyn replied: "It will cost ... it will obviously cost a lot to do so, we accept that".

He also faced questions about his record of opposing British military interventions overseas, including the Falklands War. One Financial Times reporter did, however, take to Twitter to accuse Corbyn of an "outright lie" and government ministers were furously tweetings tabloid cuttings to the same effect.

"And on that central question, I believe there is only one choice". Corbyn also had to answer as to why he didn't get more of his core beliefs into Labour's manifesto - but this is a point open to intense debate.

"The current patchy support for childcare is holding back too many families. You've announced a major policy and you don't know how much it will cost?"

Mr Corbyn defended his description of the Palestinian group Hamas as "friends" and his comment that the killing of Osama bin Laden by USA special forces had been a "tragedy". And he was detemined not to be pushed about by Paxman.

Ms Barnett later informed Mr Corbyn of the figure during the interview.

The verdict on May, however, seemed entirely split from the commentariat following her struggles over police cuts, Brexit and funding the NHS. So the central question in this election is: "who has the will - and crucially the plan - to make a success of Brexit so that we can build the stronger, fairer, more prosperous Britain we want and need?" she will say.

"If you don't like what a reporter says or asks me, or anybody else, understand the question they're asking, we will all do our best to answer those questions, but under no circumstances whatsoever should anyone throw personal abuse at anyone else because they are doing the job that they have been employed to do and I will not tolerate it under any circumstances". Well, who in Britain would not?

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