May, Corbyn clash over Brexit plans with United Kingdom vote a week away

When Theresa May announced a snap election in April, she was widely expected to register a landslide victory over its rival, the Labour Party, in the upcoming national elections.

Sterling rose against the dollar on Tuesday, with investors shrugging off opinion polls showing British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the Labour opposition narrowing less than two weeks before a general election.

However, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael made it clear that income tax "absolutely" would not rise under a re-elected Tory government.

An ICM poll for the Guardian showed May with a 12-point lead - enough for a big majority of around 100 but down two points from last week and a far cry from the record 22-point lead earlier this month.

"Our position on tax hasn't changed", May said while on a visit to West Yorkshire in northern England. "We have set it out in the manifesto", she said.

Speaking after the Question Time show, Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Mr Corbyn's approach to Trident meant Labour's backing for the armed forces was "completely meaningless because when it came to the business of defending this country he wouldn't do it".

Those who said they are planning to vote Conservative were the most likely to say there was no damage, 67.3% of those surveyed in the region, while 66.7% of those planning to vote Labour said Theresa May has suffered a blow.

"The mask has finally slipped", John McDonnell, a lawmaker who would be finance minister if Labour win the election, said in a statement.

Many people are sceptical about polls, and rightly so.

In contrast to signs from a string of opinion polls that have suggested May's Conservatives will increase their majority, the new constituency-by-constituency modelling by YouGov showed it might lose 20 of the 330 seats it holds and the opposition Labour Party could gain almost 30 seats, The Times said.

However, Labour leader Mr Corbyn, a 68-year-old socialist peace campaigner, has been pulling in big crowds at rallies across the country, brushing off warnings from opponents in his own party that he would lead them to electoral disaster.

Adding a cap on the total people will pay, although one that the Tories are yet to define, doesn't appear to have fully turned around doubts, with 31% of respondents in the region now supporting a capped policy against 33% who are still against.

Betting on this year's General Election as a whole has been a lot more popular compared to what we saw in 2015 and Oddschecker have witnessed nearly twice as more people coming to the site this time round compared to a couple of years ago.


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