Politics: LIVE: General election debate with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn
A senior citizen asks about the "dementia tax." "Why should we, in my generation, vote for you?"
"I want to take those risks away … it's about ensuring that nobody is going to have to sell their house to pay for care in their lifetime. … we put an absolute cap on the level of money that people have to pay."
"There will be a cap, yes."
"What we will do is not just put a figure on it, we'll publish a green paper a consultation document …"
First question for the PM: A police officer asks for specific numbers on recruitment of new police officers, and budgeting.
May: She makes all the right noises but doesn't answer the question. She gives no numbers. She admits that police numbers are down 20,000, to 124,000. "What we need to do in policing terms is ensure it's not just about the numbers of police but what the police are able to do." She argues that crime is changing and — without actually saying it — that means we need fewer cops.
Snap verdict: Corbyn did OK. He stuck to his guns, no major mistakes. Now it's time for Theresa May.
Why did you call Hamas our "friends"?
Corbyn: "It was inclusive language at a meeting at which I was promoting the idea of a two-state solution. … I do not agree with them, I do not support them."
"At the end of the day there has to be a process in which people talk to each other. You know that."
It's another weak spot for Corbyn — his history of fellow-travelling with Arab terrorists. But Corbyn makes a good fist of it — this is how you get peace, he says.
And the section ends!
The Falklands. Paxman asks Corbyn about his old position on the islands, which was against the war.
"I wanted a UN brokered plan."
"There should have been an opportunity to prevent that war happening by the UN."
He favours "a negotiated solution to that thru the United Nations." That is as far as he will go.
This is weak stuff — Corbyn didn't actually say he would defend the Falklands and Paxman failed to get him to be specific about it.
Paxman: "Would you leave Europe without a deal?"
Corbyn: "We will get a deal." Paxman fails to get Corbyn to name the price he would be willing for the UK to pay to get a favourable Brexit deal. Paxman really badgers him — but Corbyn holds firm. It's a reasonable performance as there is no "price" for leaving and the UK is miles away from that stage of the negotiation anyway.
Paxman asks if he wants to abolish the monarchy. It's not in the manifesto, Paxman says, even though Corbyn has favoured abolition in the past.
"There is nothing in there because we are not going to do it." Corbyn gets a big laugh.
Should MI5 be disbanded? Paxman is going through all of Corbyn's old positions and beliefs
Corbyn is having none of it. He says we should look at the needs of the country now.
Paxman accuses Corbyn of wanting to nationalise the banks.
Corbyn won't agree. He dances around a bit and points out that several UK banks were partially nationalised. He won't admit that his past position was to favour nationalisation. "I am not a dictator who writes things to tell people what to do."
And we're back. Paxman wants to talk about the Manifesto.
Paxman wants to know why Corbyn's anti-nuclear position did not make it into the manifesto. "What I want to see is a nuclear free world." Corbyn says the Labour party conference took the decision. Paxman is trying to get him to say it's not morally right but Corbyn doesn't budge.
After only 20 mins … we're on a break!
Corbyn has done well so far. No major screwups. He failed to put a number on immigration and declined to commit to anything there — that was possibly his weakest moment. And although he handled the question about the IRA well, the moment will remind his critics of his past connections to the Irish terrorist group.
The questions are coming thick and fast — there is no lingering.
Next up: Paxman!
Last audience question: Will Corbyn commit to using the UK's nuclear threat if need be?
"I want to live in a world free of the danger of nuclear holocaust." He says he is happy to write the letter to British submarine commanders instructing them on how to respond to a nuclear attack. He repeats hsi longheld peace positions. Nothing new here.
Question: Why has Labour made it impossible for business owners to vote Labour?
"Are you happy that so many of our children with super size classes? …a million waiting for social care? You don't address these problems by ignoring them."
"We're all better off when everybody is better off."
"I work with small businesses, I talk to them… they are often exploited by much bigger businesses who delay their payments."
Corbyn is clearly more comfortable talking about social issues than business issues. He likes talking about small business but doesn't really mention large businesses — one of his weakest areas.
Why should Remain voters back Labour?
Corbyn says: "You have to work together to achieve things" … "we won't threaten Europe with turning this country into a corporate tax haven" … "good relations with our neighbours."
Immigration and Brexit: Why won't you give a number on immigration the way the Conservatives have?
On Brexit: "It has happened and we accept it."
"We have to have managed migration."
"We won't allow companies to bring in large numbers of low paid workers" he says, in order to do "disgraceful undercutting" of pay. He declines to give a number. "It certainly wouldn't go up … but I don't want to be held to this. … We have a serious skills shortage in the country."
An audience member asks Corbyn about his alleged historic support for the IRA:
He replies he made those connections as part of an attempt to create the Good Friday peace agreement.
"You have openly supported the IRA in the past," the audience member says.
Corbyn says he only attended meetings to further the peace protest. "There was a period of silence for everyone who died in Northern Ireland" at the commemoration he says.
This is sticky stuff for Corbyn but he has handled it well. The audience member clearly believes he attended meetings supporting the IRA though.
First question: Terrorism:
Corbyn says we must not leave large areas of the world "ungoverned," calls Islam a "wonderful faith." Says we need to bring back stability in the Arab world. If there are "ungoverned spaces" "everybody's under threat," he says.
As Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn go into their leaders' debate tonight — live on Sky News and Channel 4, hosted by Jeremy Paxman — the polls show Labour narrowing the gap between them and the Tories.
The polls still show a gap of between 6 and 12 percentage points in favour of the Conservatives, but momentum appears to be on Corbyn's side. The gap has been nearer 20 points in recent months.
Here is Business Insider's poll tracker chart. You can see that although the Conservative lead remains comfortable it's in decline, and Labour's support is increasing:
The debate will feature questions for both leaders from Jeremy Paxman. It will be interesting to see how combative he is. There will also be a "town hall" section with questions from a studio audience.