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December 16 2017, 10:26 | Irvin Gilbert
Another said the BBC journalist will have blood on her hands if the interview turns support against the Labour leader
British Prime Minister Theresa May calling a snap vote seemed like the best news imaginable for all those wondering when they could call the bottom of the pound's Brexit-driven 20 percent fall. The Labour leader said: "I'm very sorry this is not a debate, this is a series of questions".
University of Queensland political science lecturer Joff Lelliott told The New Daily the Conservatives will "still nearly certainly win the election", but it was unlikely they would now win with the huge majority of 100-150 seats that many initially predicted.
"It's not going to happen quickly, it's not going to happen easily, but we have to have that wish".
He pointed to Corbyn's emphasis on class, an issue he said so many "wanted to ignore" as a reason for his confidence in Corbyn's transformation of Labour and United Kingdom politics.
Asked if he would still like to be finance minister after the election, Hammond told the BBC: "Of course I would, that's a silly question".
"We are fighting this election to win and we are mounting a fantastic campaign in order to get that message across of how different our society and our politics could be", he said.
Mrs May refused to give a figure for how much she would be willing to pay the European Union in Brexit "divorce" settlement, and she was also challenged over a U-turn on controversial social care plans for England, which saw an as-yet unknown cap added to elderly care costs.
In her session, May was asked why she was not able to provide details of the maximum amount of money people would have to spend on social care, which was only promised after days of backlash against the policy. "We have a very big challenge ahead of us and I believe I can play a part in that, as all of my colleagues can".
Mrs May then faced more heath care questions when confronted by mental health patients who told her they had lost benefits due to failing Work Capability Assessments.
She added: "My party is the only party that is going to respect the will of the British people, get on with the job and deliver a successful Brexit".
The Labour leader insisted he would not strike a deal with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and was working for a majority Labour government.
ICM boss Martin Boon said: "A lot of polls showing a much narrower gap depend on whether you think young people and 2015 non-voters will actually turn out to vote on this occasion".