Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

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Mr Farron spoke of his mother's death from ovarian cancer and said it is "time politicians were honest with the British people that there needs to be more money, and if there is going to be more money then we will all have to pay for it". "I trust the people".

"The public deserves to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government".

The spectre of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn dominated the first televised leaders' debate yesterday, despite their refusal to take part.

"I'm not Natalie, I'm Leanne", she said disapprovingly.

A source at Ukip said the green rooms backstage were abuzz with the rumour, as aides began scrambling to recalibrate their plans for a six-way debate.

Lucas said she was disappointed that given the similarities of the parties represented in the debate on the issue of Brexit, little progress had been made on making a progressive alliances to fight in Tory seats.

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Ms Sturgeon described him as a "spokesperson" for the Prime Minister, and Ms Lucas proposed all the minor parties working together - but explicitly excluded Ukip.

"Currently, the 250,000 pets, cats and dogs that travel from Britain to the continent or the other way around each year are managed within an European Union framework", she said.

In his challenge, read out by ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, the Labour leader said: "Hello Theresa May, as Prime Minister you've served your elite friends by giving them tax cuts when wages have stagnated, house building is at its lowest since the 1920s, there are 20,000 fewer police on our streets since 2010 and the NHS is in crisis".

It is not clear whether Mr Nuttall was confusing Ms Wood with Natalie Wood, the United States actress, or Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party. "I know we all look the same", she replied. "I'm sorry about that".

The Lib Dem leader said: "It's a reminder that the people who work in our social care service are brilliant people, but majority can earn more stacking shelves at their local supermarket".

"Now they'll need hygiene certificates - things we don't even remember". "We won't engage in silly games but neither will we put up with silly games", he told the the Express newspaper.

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