May's Conservatives send new mixed message on tax as election nears

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I think they understand.

"But we have to be prepared to stand up for Britain".

"The alternative is that all those young Corbynistas will prove a mirage and that some polls still contain too numerous sort of young people who vote, with the end result being that the Conservatives win a large or landslide majority", he said.

ORB for the Telegraph however showed the Tory lead widening, with the Conservatives on 45% - up one point on a week ago - nine points ahead of Labour which is down two on 36%.

"It is clear that on contact with the voters, Mrs May is not going down well and she is losing ground in particular amongst middle aged voters and female voters", Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, told Reuters.

He said the attacks at Manchester Arena and London Bridge had turned Thursday's vote into a "struggle between terrorism and democracy itself".

Her party's lead over the opposition Labour Party was in a range of 1-12 percentage points, according to six polls published on Saturday. "We are fighting to win this election".

The peculiarities of the UK's "first past the post" electoral system means it is hard to predict election results based upon opinion polls, Goodwin said, but even allowing for these uncertainties, he felt YouGov's constituency-by-constituency prediction looked to be an extreme outlier.

But a bullish Mrs May told the audience she had the "balls" to call an election because she wanted a strong hand to negotiate Brexit and claimed a minority government led by Mr Corbyn would be propped up by the SNP.

May has faced some criticism for declining to directly debate Corbyn or any of the smaller party leaders.

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The campaign has so far seen a string of high-profile political figures land in Wakefield.

Both Opinium and ComRes suggest a fall in Theresa May's personal approval rating.

Asked if he could guarantee that all or a proportion of the one million jobs would go to British workers, Mr Corbyn said after the speech: "They would obviously be for people looking for work, the vast majority will be for people coming out of our schools and our colleges and our universities, and we will not allow anyone to only recruit overseas for jobs here".

"No more can Britain try to sustain its economy on the back of growth in the financial sector in one corner of England", Mr Corbyn said.

Reports put the error down to factors like "shy Tories" - Conservative voters who were reluctant to explain their preferences - but the pollsters said a bigger problem was accurately forecasting who would actually turn up to vote.

Mrs May backed the "remain" campaign in the run-up to last year's referendum on European Union membership, though she made few public appearances, but has repeatedly sought to present herself as the only party leader able to make a success of Brexit despite giving few details of how she will handle the negotiations.

His comments were the first to explicitly rule out an income tax increase for higher earners.

Hoping to capitalise on the Labour leader's unpopularity, May "deliberately set up the election as a presidential-style fight between herself and Corbyn", says Time - and promptly "blew" her double-digit lead. It is unlikely she would agree to stopping the Brexit divorce.

Mrs May was challenged over the changes during a special BBC Question Time programme, but she insisted the reforms were "fair".

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