General election: Poverty and crime pledges to the fore after TV debate – live news

Leaders will try to steer campaign back to their key messages amid wash-up from ITV leaders’ debateElection debate: Corbyn and Johnson clash over NHS and BrexitSign up to the morning briefing 6.50am GMT No one really landed any telling blows,...

General election: Poverty and crime pledges to the fore after TV debate – live news

Leaders will try to steer campaign back to their key messages amid wash-up from ITV leaders’ debate

No one really landed any telling blows, with the whole show descending into second-rate light entertainment. Even Prince Andrew could probably have made a better fist of answering the questions. Despite talking over Corbyn and Etchingham at every opportunity – his ego can’t allow the possibility of conversation – Johnson reverted to bluster and lies while trying to steer everything back to his Brexit deal that he had rejected 18 months previously.

Corbyn couldn’t even take advantage of the most open of goals. One questioner asked about personal trust. Here was the Labour leader’s chance to ask Boris how many children he had, his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri and his broken promises to family and country. It would have been a slam-dunk moment that could have maybe changed the momentum of the election. But Corbyn blew it. The first half ended with an insincere handshake.

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Top billing on most of the front pages is given to the election leaders’ debate with some focusing on the snap YouGov poll that declared Boris Johnson won the night 51-49. Others highlighting the leaders’ answers, or lack of them.

Wednesday's @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages pic.twitter.com/yNiidAMPJb

Tomorrow's #frontpage - Corbyn dodges Brexit question NINE TIMES#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/SGoTlCgnFP

Guardian front page, Wednesday 20 November 2019: Leaders stake their ground: Johnson Brexit, Corbyn NHS pic.twitter.com/mk3pv5pYwk

Just published: front page of the Financial Times, UK edition, Wednesday 20 November https://t.co/POCSBeysWm pic.twitter.com/xHhs2NwKH1

The Times 20/11/2019
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn shaking hands during the Election head-to-head debate on ITV, prior to the General Election on December 12th, 2019 Photo : Jonathan Hordle/ITV/PA#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes #brexit @thetimes pic.twitter.com/2F81eJfGY5

Wednesday's front page: Insults fly at leaders' TV debate - but no killer blows#tomorrowspaperstoday #skypapers #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/O3Srb2yUBY

Tomorrow's front page: Andrew cop's notebook holds key evidence #tomorrowspaperstoday https://t.co/AJzxk0JseV pic.twitter.com/RR393YYEXE

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