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Theresa May dodges question about personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn

The Prime Minister also refused to disclose what she liked or admired about her Labour opponent.

Vicar’s daughter Theresa May sidestepped questions over whether she felt guilty making personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.

During a campaign visit to Stoke, the Prime Minister also refused to disclose what she liked or admired about her Labour opponent.

But despite a bumpy campaign, Mrs May insisted she was enjoying the run-up to polling day.

During a question and answer session with journalists, Mrs May, a committed Christian, was asked how guilty she felt speaking ill of others, prompting groans and cries of “for God’s sake” from Tory supporters.

The PM said: “We are in a General Election. People will be making a choice and it is right that we set out that choice to people.

“You have just heard the speech I have given, optimistic for the future of this country under a Conservative government. Resolutely determined to get the best deal from Brexit.”

Theresa May arrives at Longton rugby club in Stoke (Rousseau/PA)

Pressed to answer the second question about what she liked or admired about Mr Corbyn, she replied: “Yes, there were two questions. Normally we only allow one question.”

Asked if she was nervous ahead of polling day: “You can’t be a politician without enjoying election campaigns.

“So, I’m going to be out there enjoying it over the next 48 hours and ensuring we do bring that choice to people’s attention and remind them of the choice they have because on Friday there is only going to be one of two people as Prime Minister, either me or Jeremy Corbyn.”

During a visit to a farm in Bangor, North Wales, Mrs May declined to commit to protecting support for farmers after 2020 when quizzed about her plans for the industry.

The Government has agreed to meet the same levels of help the industry currently receives from Brussels under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over the next three years, but the Done family pressed her on what would happen after that.

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Over a cup of tea around the kitchen table in their farmhouse, she was told: “Without support, food prices would probably need to double.”

She said: “What we will be able to do is devise a support scheme that actually works for us here in the UK. It’s about working with you all.”

The family also raised the problem of fluctuations in the milk price and large-scale farming.

Earlier, Mrs May revealed her Saturday job as a schoolgirl was in a bakery as she stopped to meet bakers in Lancashire at the start of a blitz in the final days of campaigning.

One supporter told the Prime Minister one of his “biggest worries” was about the impact of Brexit on exports and the food industry.

Mrs May said: “We make fantastic products here and the opportunity is now to really go out there and sell those and be a bit bold and brash about how good we are.”


From Belfast Telegraph