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Election day ahead: May and Corbyn to face Paxman, but not together

The Prime Minister and Labour leader will also face questions from a live studio audience – but will not face off themselves.

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With 10 days to go until the General Election, the Prime Minister and Labour leader will go before TV’s grand inquisitor in a live grilling by Jeremy Paxman tonight.

After Theresa May refused point-blank to go head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in a debate, the two look set to endure a slightly awkward encounter in the joint Channel 4 and Sky News show.

The rivals will be questioned separately by Paxman before facing questions from the studio audience – which in previous debates has seen candidates face jeers and howls of laughter.

May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10 will be shown on both channels from 8.30pm.

What’s in the news?


As Mr Corbyn continues to face scrutiny over his position on terror and security issues, the Daily Telegraph reports that he has been condemned by his own party for attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of a Palestinian terrorist.

The Daily Mail and The Times report Mrs May’s attempt to relaunch her campaign following the damaging U-turn on social care by focusing on her policies to tackle domestic violence.

The Sun reports SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge to put Mr Corbyn in No 10 with a “progressive alliance” should the June 8 poll produce a hung parliament.

The Financial Times reports concerns of business chiefs who have found themselves lose influence under Mrs May’s administration, with a “huge gulf” opening between companies and decision makers.

Who is saying what?

(David Cheskin/PA)

“After wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in 1991, we moved to the poignant statute in the main avenue of the coastal town of Ben Arous, which was festooned with Palestinian and Tunisian flags” – Jeremy Corbyn in a column for the Morning Star in October 2014, quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

“We’ve gone from the throne room to the naughty step” – Anonymous member of the now-disbanded Business Advisory Board, once a group of business leaders which regularly met David Cameron, to the Financial Times.

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