May's poll lead narrows ahead of UK vote

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

That sentiment was echoed by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said "those who wish to harm our people, divide our communities and attack our democracy will not succeed".

She said giving her an increased parliamentary majority would strengthen Britain's Brexit negotiating position.

Corbyn has also criticized Conservative cuts to police budgets that saw the number of officers nationwide fall by nearly 20,000 between 2010 and 2016 - years when May, as home secretary, was in charge of policing.

She also said the Labour leader would throw away all the Government's work on Brexit so far by scrapping a white paper outlining its approach to Brexit.

His comments will been seen as an attempt to galvanise Conservative supporters to turn out and vote by raising fears that Mr Corbyn could be on the verge of gaining the keys to Downing Street.

She said: "Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process".

The Prime Minister said "bureaucrats in Brussels" would think that Christmas had come early over Labour's stance to accept any trade deal with the European Union.

Corbyn responded by saying the government's decision to cut police numbers by 19,000 between 2010 and 2016 was now coming back to haunt May. Leader Paul Nuttall said "I refuse to suspend campaigning because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do".

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'That's not leadership. That's an abdication of leadership. However, Property Price Advice's research indicates that the Tories still have a significant lead over Labour - by up to as much as 20 points.

Some 51% of respondents thought Labour has had the best campaign - including 30% of Tory voters - while just 23% thought May's party had performed better. She also hit out at Mr Corbyn's economic plans, claiming they would mean "punishing" families and businesses.

"Brexit matters because it is the basis of everything", Mrs May said.

The business tax plan was "not leadership" and while it made "a good soundbite for an election" it would be "a disastrous policy for our country".

We have been, in many respects, extremely successful and we have built a very powerful machine but we have now seen these ghastly attacks in London and Manchester over the last several weeks.

Worse still, she could end up with nothing like the landslide victory she was due to get when she called the election. "What I will say is that we are making sure that we identify acts where police and others have really given people help and support and shown bravery in this incident".

Asked again if he wanted May to quit, Corbyn replied: "We've got an election on Thursday and that's perhaps the best opportunity to deal with it".

"The U.K. election remains the standout event for most, with the outcome being so important for Brexit negotiations over the next couple of years", said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note.

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