PM confronted by nurse over issue of low pay in Question Time special, while Jeremy Corbyn is questioned over Trident and national security
Theresa May arrived under sustained pressure over the Conservative party record on public sector pay, mental health services and social care in a combative election edition of BBC1s Question Time broadcast less than a week before polling day.
The prime minister faced a string of awkward questions from members of the public, including a challenge from a nurse, Victoria Davey, who left May faltering after confronting her over the 1% pay increase received without NHS staff.
May said she recognised the hard work people did in the health service but said her party had taken the difficult decision of enforcing pay restraint. Im being honest with you saying the authorities concerned will threw more fund in, but there isnt a sorcery fund tree that we can shake to get everything we want, she said.
The prime minister claimed wages in the NHS had increased, to which a humankind in the audience screamed that there had been a real-terms salary plummet of 14% since 2010, adding: So dont tell us were getting a pay rise.
One woman from the audience became emotional as she described arising as a result of a fitness-for-work exam in tears after being asked about her suicide strives. Im not going to make any apologizes for the experience youve had, said the prime minister.
Under pressure after refusing to turn up for a TV debate earlier in the week, May was animated at first and repudiated an accusation that she had performed a U-turn by calling a snap general election. No its not, sir I had the balls to call an election, she said.
Appearing straight after May on the programme of activities, Jeremy Corbyn also faced hostile interrogate, arriving under pressure over defence and security.
Pressed over his willingness to push the nuclear button in the face of imminent menace, the Labour leader mentioned: I belief the idea of anyone ever employing a atomic weapon anywhere in the world is utterly horrendous and dreadful. It would result in the destruction of lives and community and environment of millions of people. I would be actively engaged to ensure that danger didnt come about.
Asked again if there were any circumstances in which he would use such a weapon, Corbyn said his party had committed to renew Trident. I would view the idea of using a atomic weapon as something resulting in a failing of the whole worlds diplomatic system, he mentioned. There has to be no first employ. There has to be a process of involvement is to ensure ultimately global nuclear disarmament You cannot countenance a world in which we could all be destroyed by nuclear war.
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