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Seconds away, round one.

The first round of pre-election sparring us under way in parliament, with prime minister Theresa May facing questions over her record and her decision to call a snap election in June.

Speaking to MPs, she described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a someone who would “bankrupt the economy, weaken our defences and is simply not fit to lead.”

Mr Corbyn responded that “we welcome the general election”, but:

This is a prime minister who promised there wouldn’t be one. A prime minister who cannot be trusted.

She says it’s abut leadership yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it’s not hard to see why.

The prime minister says we have a stronger economy yet she can’t explain why people’s wages are lower today than 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the living wage. Child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up.

If she’s so proud of her record why won’t she debate it?

Mrs May responded that she debates policy weekly in parliament.

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