Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in TV showdown

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May has refused to directly debate Corbyn, and so the BBC's "Question Time" featured the two leaders consecutively, with the prime minister going first.

Jeremy Corbyn has challenged Theresa May to spell out the impact of her "dementia tax" social care policy in the final days of the General Election campaign.

After being asked about anti-Semitism, the Labour leader remarked: "The way Jewish people have suffered is an appalling stain on history".

Some Jewish voters who may be uneasy about Corbyn are happy to vote for another Labour Party member whom they do trust.

Mr Gwynne added: "I think what we've seen is they have now ditched the mantra strong and stable, she is weak and wobbly, she won't debate head to head with Jeremy Corbyn - this is an election she called and she's tried to hide away from the public and from scrutiny".

On the format: "This is not a debate, it's a series of questions".

He said: 'If we did use it, millions are going to die.

The real question is whether the result is close enough for Corbyn to not only remain as leader, but to parlay the "loss" into the kind of success Sanders has enjoyed since his presidential run.

The Labour Party have also released a statement, saying: "The Labour party takes all allegations of abuse and anti-Semitic behaviour seriously. Your entire manifesto has holes in it, and everyone else can see that". While her hardline Brexit strategy is opposed by all other major parties, Britain has already started the clock ticking on leaving the bloc by triggering a two-year negotiation period with Brussels.

Trident and the use of nuclear weapons quickly became the topical issue as Corbyn seemed somewhat awkward when pushed on the issue.

One questioner asked how he could expect the British people to vote him into office when he had "sat down and supported" the IRA and Hamas.

According to the Daily Mail, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid said: "Conservatives will support church and faith schools...but Jeremy Corbyn, supported by a coalition of chaos, would wage war on faith schools, reducing choice for parents and undermining these schools' unique character and ethos".

"If you are to bring about a peace process anywhere. there has to be a coming together".

In the TV event, May was also accused of failing to stand up to the US President Donald Trump over his country's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. "I would sign a letter with any other leader that would deplore that, straightaway".

Mrs May was also confronted by two voters who had been called to work capability assessments over mental health conditions, one of whom said she had been waiting nearly two years for NHS counselling.

Listing proposals to pump more resources into education and mental health care, Mr Corbyn said: 'We have to respect the needs of people and challenge all of us to say that if we want to live in a society that genuinely cares for all, we've got to be prepared to deal with issues of inequality and pay for it.

"You'd have Diane Abbott who can't add up sitting around the cabinet table, John McDonnell who's a Marxist, Nicola Sturgeon who wants to break our country up, and Tim Farron who wants to take us back into the European Union, the direct opposite of what the people want".

Mrs May insisted that the election should be about choosing the best team for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, warning that some United Kingdom politicians would be willing to "accept any deal for the sake of getting a deal", adding: "I think the danger is they'd be accepting the worst possible deal at the highest possible price".

He said the "great team of very experienced people" included Sir Keir Starmer, one of the "leading lawyers" in the country.