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Last night's UK election TV debate threw up remarkably little of substance - and was always going to be the case. We tried to find five material comments. Our first problem was that we couldn't find a transcript and we want original source material, not someone else's idea of edited highlights. Both the Conservative and Labour leaders had said they would not appear. May stuck to her guns, which some felt meant she shot herself in the foot; Corbyn turned having changed his mind at very short notice.

Amber Rudd, Conservative Home Secretary - on Corbyn's record of voting on terrorism

"I am shocked that Jeremy Corbyn just in 2011 boasted that he had opposed every piece of anti-terror legislation in his 30 years in office. I really think he must be held accountable for that because I find it chilling."

 

Corbyn's explanation of his voting on terrorism

"My opposition to anti-terror legislation isn't opposition to protecting us from terrorism. It is simply saying there must be judicial [supervision] over what is done in our name."

 

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall.

"We have been proven right on Brexit, proved right on immigration, proved right on grammar schools, proved right on protecting our police and security services."

 

Corbyn on social policies

"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?"

(many of the polices were in fact carried over, albeit modified, from the last Labour government)

 

Rudd on the economy and social measures

"We have cut the deficit, we have reduced taxes for the lowest paid and we have made sure that we have continued to invest in the NHS, which is getting another £8bn a year by the end of this parliament,"

 

The Green Party's "co-leader" Caroline Lucas

People should be able to "live and love" in other countries.

 

 


 

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