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June 24 2017, 05:26 | Irvin Gilbert
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Jeremy Corbyn's late decision to participate in the BBC's election debate injected some interest and potential excitement into an event that had risked being ignored.
Jason Beattie, the paper's head of politics, wrote: 'She (Rudd) ran gamely around the ring - but it should have been Mrs May to take the punches and it should have been Mrs May to hear the audience applaud opponents when they condemned her government's cuts'.
Every leader of the UK's major political parties was represented, namely Jeremy Corbyn representing Labour, Tim Farron for the Liberal Democrats, Caroline Lucas for the Greens, UKIP's Paul Nuttall, Leanne Wood for Plaid Cymru, the SNP's deputy leader Angus Robertson and most strikingly, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd was the stand-in for our prime minister. "And we've made sure that we've continued to invest in the NHS".
But others defended the BBC, which is frequently accused of bias by those on the left as well as those on the right.
Some viewers were outraged at Rudd's stance on the issue.
That came during a live ITV debate on the European Union referendum, with Remainer Rudd describing her Leave-supporting opponent as "not the man you want to drive you home at the end of the evening".
She also highlighted "success in cutting the deficit, stabilising the economy and getting more people into work", accused Mr Corbyn of relying on a "magic money tree" to fund his policies and being "very good at defending the terrorists" over his voting record. Have you seen people sleeping around our stations?
Mr Nuttall argued that Muslims should do more to combat terrorism while Mr Corbyn attacked him for singling out the community.
While only driving 42,000 engagements, Lucas' managed to keep negative engagements to her and the Green Party down to just 16% and 19% respectively.
"Labour candidate Chuka Umunna posted on Twitter: "@AmberRuddHR says "judge us by our record" on funding public services - the entire audience bursts out laughing. "It's even worse this time", he said, the right-wing tabloid reports.
"It would be extremely unwise for any government anywhere in the world to ignore what is happening in Libya, where large areas are left ungoverned and very risky forces are arising there". Corbyn held an average sentiment for himself and the party of 54%, placing them 13% ahead of their main Conservative rivals out of the debate with less than a week to go. "It is simply saying there must be judicial oversight over what is done in our name", he said. You are not worth Theresa May's time.