Party leaders attack May and Corbyn for avoiding TV debate

Ms Sturgeon jokingly described the Ukip chief as a "spokesperson" for the Prime Minister as she attempted to paint the Tories as careering towards an economically risky form of leaving the EU.

Nuttall's first reference to "Natalie" was early in the two-hour debate but it was immediately identified as the likely highlight of an exchange neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn opted to attend.

Mrs May has said she will not take part in any live debates, and Mr Corbyn has said he will only take part if she does.

A source at Ukip said the green rooms backstage were abuzz with the rumour, as aides began scrambling to recalibrate their plans for a six-way debate.

Nicola Sturgeon has taken a swipe at an absent Theresa May at the ITV Leader's Debate by accusing her of leaving Paul Nuttall to speak on her behalf.

More news: Browns Add Needed Help To Secondary With CB Jason McCourty

Corbyn said he would not participate in a debate in which the prime minister was not also present, though the pair will both take part separately in a Q&A programme on the BBC later in the campaign.

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, accused Mrs May of pursuing a "hard and extreme" Brexit and not having the "guts" to be there while Leanne Wood, of Plaid Cymru, said the Tories paid more attention to Gibraltar's interests than Wales's.

The Ukip leader was facing four other party leaders on Thursday and confused Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, with. someone called Natalie.

"Do you not think the British people deserve to see me and you debate live and on television?"

In his opening statement, Mr Nuttall said only Ukip are "truly committed to the Brexit that people voted for" in last year's referendum.

More news: Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady 'Has Concussions Pretty Much Every' Year

Ms Wood also challenged Mrs May over her decision to miss the debate. "You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services", said Ms Wood.

"That's weak leadership - weak and unstable".

"We will stand up for jobs - and against an extreme Brexit that will put living standards and jobs at risk".

The Lib Dem leader said: "It's a reminder that the people who work in our social care service are brilliant people, but majority can earn more stacking shelves at their local supermarket. I trust the people".

Nuttall praised the comment "Natalie" made about social care, saying it was "absolutely right".

More news: North Korea launches new missile


Popular
  • Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Mazda agree to $553 million settlement with Takata

    Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Mazda agree to $553 million settlement with Takata

    District Court for the Southern District of Florida - In RE: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation - Case No. 1:15-md-02599. Takata's inflator defects caused at least 16 deaths and more than 180 injuries because of explosion with an excessive force.

    White House Shies Away From Acknowledging Western Wall Part of Israel

    Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community. In the wake of the turmoil, Trump's visit Israel next week could certainly prove to be a contentious one.
    Vegas man's death after neck grab by police spurs questions

    Vegas man's death after neck grab by police spurs questions

    The man, who was unarmed and has not been identified, lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital about 1:40am. The Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing are investigating.
  • Lyft, Google's Waymo teaming up to work on self-driving cars

    Lyft, Google's Waymo teaming up to work on self-driving cars

    Waymo is also suing Uber, claiming it is using secrets stolen by a former engineer to develop its self-driving technology. The arrangement with Lyft suggests Alphabet is unlikely to rekindle its relationship with Uber.
    Trump warns Comey not to 'leak' conversations

    Trump warns Comey not to 'leak' conversations

    Gillibrand, seen by some Democrats as a rising star, has emerged as one of the most outspoken Senate opponents to Trump's agenda. Trump then suggested doing away with "press briefings" all together. "You can't be cute about tapes", the SC lawmaker told NBC.
    Naseemuddin Siddiqui expelled from BSP, hits back at Mayawati

    Naseemuddin Siddiqui expelled from BSP, hits back at Mayawati

    Mayawati said when she asked the sacked leader to furnish details about money spent, he did not do so, forcing her to expel him. He also levelled charges against Mayawati saying that she demanded 50 crores rupees from him and sold tickets during elections.
  • Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

    Union: Up to 40K walking off the job at AT&T this weekend

    After a one-day strike, AT&T agreed not to require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise. If an agreement can't be reached quickly, retail stores in several states will likely shut down this weekend as well.
    Japan cabinet approves bill to let emperor abdicate

    Japan cabinet approves bill to let emperor abdicate

    The bill also did not mention about the imperial family allowing women to stay in the palace upon marriage, Reuters noted. But there is no provision under the existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.
    Aishwarya at Cannes Film Festival with Aradhya

    Aishwarya at Cannes Film Festival with Aradhya

    Aishwarya's colleague Deepika Padukone closed her Cannes tour on Thursday while Sonam Kapoor is expected to arrive on Sunday. She chose to keep her makeup minimal opting for a nude, illuminated look with sparkling eyes and voluminous lashes.
  • Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

    Ford using first over-the-air software updates to its 2016 cars

    Android Auto is already available on all 2017 models, and this update brings the platform to around 800,000 additional vehicles. As long as a user's Sync 3 system is running version 2.2, the update can be installed one of two different ways.
    Lower East Side's historic Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue destroyed by fire

    Lower East Side's historic Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue destroyed by fire

    Firefighters stayed at the scene through the night to keep an eye out and extinguish any pockets of fire. No civilians were rescued from the building, and no civilian injuries were reported .
    Brewers bash Mets pitching again, come back for 11-9 win

    Brewers bash Mets pitching again, come back for 11-9 win

    Still, Walker upped his May average to.340 with 12 RBIs after hitting just.195 and knocking in 10 runs in April. Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies (4-2) got the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings.

CONNECT