Theresa May Savaged By Political Rivals For Ducking Out Of TV Debate

"Her campaign of soundbites is falling apart"

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Theresa May was accused of lacking "guts" by her political rivals last night, as her absence from the seven-way general election debate dominated the discussion.

The Prime Minister was also criticised for "running away from the debate" during the BBC's 90 minute event.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron took aim at the PM by saying: "Where do you think Theresa May is tonight?

"Take a look out your window. She might be out there sizing up your house to pay for your social care."

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Meanwhile, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood suggested May wasn't there because "her campaign of soundbites is falling apart".

SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson accused her of not having the "guts" to attend.

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Even Netflix's political thriller House of Cards tweeted at May last night to criticise her for her absence: "They respect you more when you show strength. Or show up."

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was representing the Conservative Party, defended May by saying that "part of being a good leader is having a good, strong team".

But Labour leader Corbyn chimed in with "where is Theresa May, what happened to her?" during the debate as he clashed with Rudd over cuts to welfare.

He asked the Home Secretary: "Have you been to a food bank? Have you seen people sleeping around our stations?

"Have you seen the levels of poverty that exist because of your government's conscious decisions on benefits?"

Corbyn also said he plans to introduce a £10 an hour living wage by 2020, and was "absolutely sure" his spending plans add up.

Earlier this week, Corbyn was heckling May over her refusal to attend the debate on Twitter.

" come & debate me. Any time. Any place. Britain deserves to see the only two people who could be the next Prime Minister debate," he tweeted.

(Trans: Come and have a go if you think you're 'ard enough).

He then suggested that her absence "would be another sign of her weakness" in the follow-up post: "The Tories have treated the public with contempt. Refusing to join me at tonight would be another sign of 's weakness."

She retaliated by saying she prefers to spend campaign time with voters, and is far too busy focusing on the issue of Brexit.

"I've been taking Jeremy Corbyn on directly week in, week out at prime minister's questions," May added.

"I feel sorry for ITV - why didn't he do their debate?"

The general election takes place on 8 June.