Leaders line up without May and Corbyn — ITV Debate

ITV Leaders' Debate: May and Corbyn have until 8pm to “change their minds”

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was left humiliated tonight after getting the name of Plaid Cymru's leader wrong twice in the first TV debate of the Election.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Lib Dem Tim Farron will appear in another on 4 June and there will be a live debate featuring senior figures from seven parties on BBC One on 31 May.

Nuttall may have confused her with former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who resigned past year.

Four leaders of minor United Kingdom political parties criticized Theresa May's approach to Brexit in a television debate ahead of next month's general election that the prime minister herself declined to take part in.

The two-hour ITV debate would have been the only opportunity for voters to see the leaders of all seven major political parties go head to head live on television.

Ms Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, accused Theresa May of pursing "a hard, extreme Brexit".

Both Farron and Lucas believe people should get the chance to vote in another European Union referendum.




Caroline Lucas made repeated attacks on Labour, who also refused to send their leader to the debate, saying: "Not only did Labour give the Tories a blank cheque on Brexit - Labour gave the a lift to the bank and helped them cash it in too".

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.

She said: "Theresa May may not have the guts to be here but her spokesman Paul Nuttall is in her place".

"I hope all of us here will show you tonight that real leadership is being willing to defend what you stand for".

The Ukip leader insisted last week that his party will not challenge key Tory candidates in the General Election campaign, and was humiliated as he struggled to slap down Mrs May's Brexit in order to promote his own party's policies.

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

According to the Daily Mirror, it "looked like the worst episode of Take Me Out ever", while The Independent's John Rentoul says it was "less interesting than a discussion among random people on Twitter or down the pub".

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