Jeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out informal SNP deal

Pauline Gross
June 1, 2017

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would join a multiparty debate organized by the BBC in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Mr Corbyn said Labour stands ready to start negotiations "immediately" after the election.

But work and pensions secretary Damian Green accused the Labour leader of using "made-up numbers".

"It is a hypothetical question", he said.

"Only one of us has the determination to deliver the will of the people and make Brexit happen".

He had previously ruled out participating without Prime Minister Theresa May, but today confirmed that he will take part despite May's absence.

Michael Deacon in the Telegraph said Mr Corbyn's performance had shades of his shadow home secretary Diane Abbott when she could not recall how much it would cost to recruit 10,000 police officers.

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One of the first questions to Mr Corbyn came from an audience member who claimed the Labour leader had "openly supported the IRA in the past" by attending a commemoration for eight IRA members killed by the SAS in Loughgall in 1987.

"For all the cynical commentators ... everywhere I go, all over the country, the rallies get bigger, the enthusiasm gets bigger, the determination gets bigger ... and that gives us a chance to do something very, very special on June 8", he said.

He was pressed by Mr Paxman over comments he made following the Argentine invasion of the Falklands that "young unemployed men" were being sent to the South Atlantic to die in pursuit of a "Tory plot". "I felt that she was exploiting the situation".

"We can't be sure Theresa May is going to achieve her political objective of a landslide majority", he said.

"Made up numbers from Corbyn can not hide the fact he's not up to the job of getting the deal we need".

"This is just a snapshot based on data from the past seven days and people can and do change their minds in the closing days of a general election campaign" - YouGov chief executive Stephan Shakespeare, after his company issued a seat projection poll suggesting a hung parliament.

"If you don't like what a reporter says or asks me, or anybody else, understand the question they're asking, we will all do our best to answer those questions, but under no circumstances whatsoever should anyone throw personal abuse at anyone else because they are doing the job that they have been employed to do and I will not tolerate it under any circumstances".

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