UK Labour chief challenges May to debate as race tightens

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a campaign visit to Grand station in Wolverhampton in central England Tuesday

"Theresa May called this election because she is taking you for granted".

In a seven-way debate, Home Secretary Amber Rudd stood in for the Prime Minister and was attacked over the Government's record in office in a 90-minute showdown that was at times a shouting match.

She said: "I've been very clear from the start that the sort of campaign I want to do is about meeting people and taking questions".

She spoke as recent opinion surveys suggest her Conservative Party's once commanding lead over Labour has been shrinking in recent days.

A Labour source told the Press Association that her failure to show up spoke for itself, adding: "If she won't debate, how can she negotiate?"

Ms Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, added that the "first rule of leadership is to show up".

In a bid to return Brexit to the heart of the General Election campaign, Mrs May will use a high-profile speech in the North East on Thursday to set out her vision of European Union withdrawal as a stepping stone to a successful future. May has refused to do any live TV debates, and Corbyn had previously said he wouldn't take part without her.

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May was repeatedly criticised for her absence during the debate by the other leaders, who included Liberal Democrat Tim Farron and the Scottish National party leader in the House of Commons, Angus Robertson.

The result would also see the Tories lose 15 seats to Labour, with Theresa May facing a hung parliament, forcing her to form a coalition government with smaller, rival parties.

Jeremy Corbyn has indicated that his "top team" of John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry will keep their briefs in a Labour cabinet if he wins next week's General Election.

The Home Secretary represented the Tories, and took the flak for Theresa May's decision not to take part. "We have to stop thinking, as you do, that there is a magic money tree". "We won't roll the dice".

"If we get Brexit right, we can be a confident, self-governing country once again".

"That is what happens when you demonise immigrants", he declared, jabbing his finger.

If you put that corporation tax up, you're then in a position to deal with the crisis in social care, the crisis in our NHS, properly fund our schools...

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He challenged her: "I think those people deserve to know by how much they will lose out".

After the UKIP leader tried to protest the topic of discussion is "not about immigrants, but immigration policy", Robertson announced that even debating immigration "shames and demeans us all".

"Because the promise of Brexit is great, the opportunities before us enormous", she said.

He said the Tories are "weak and wobbly" and can not be believed following the PM's U-turn on the so-called "dementia tax" and her failure to set out how many pensioners stand to lose their winter fuel payments, policies which have been widely credited as a major factor in the narrowing of the polls.

Ms Lucas said Ms Rudd's response on disability benefits was "downright insulting". It could even be an exciting finish, though the possibility that Mrs May will not be Prime Minister on 9 June still seems remote.

Mr Corbyn was forced to defend his speech last Friday linking United Kingdom foreign policy to terrorism at home, claiming British military intervention in countries such as Libya had left "ungoverned spaces" which the extremists had been able to exploit to mount attacks.

"For too long, politicians have said that if you're rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child".

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He also criticized them for not honoring aid promises to fight poverty in West Africa's poorest regions. Short of an agreement, Britain will still depart the European Union at that point.

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