UKIP's Paul Nuttall keeps calling people 'Natalie' during ITV Debate

During the debate, there was little conflict between the Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party but they all clashed with UKIP's Paul Nuttall.

The leaders of the remaining five parties - Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas, Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Paul Nuttall - locked horns on issues ranging from Brexit and immigration, to healthcare, education and the economy.

When ITV launched the first ever UK General Election leaders debate in 2010, it lead to Nick Clegg getting a sudden raise in popularity and the start of "Cleggmania".

Mrs May has said she will not take part in any live debates, and Mr Corbyn has said he will only take part if she does.

Ms Sturgeon described the UKIP chief as a "spokesperson" for the Prime Minister.

Both Farron and Lucas said their parties would fight for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, though Nuttall took his counterattack to Farron, whom he accused of not respecting the referendum result.

May confirmed she had no intention of participating in a head-to-head debate with the Labour leader shortly after calling the snap poll.

In the unlikely event the Prime Minister takes up the offer, she should make sure he is who he says he is - a Corbyn lookalike turned up at ITV last night trying to get into the debate, Robert Peston reported on Twitter.

She stormed: "You may be too scared to come here for your u-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed".

Angela Merkel has said Britain will be treated fairly after Brexit, but warned that leaving the European Union would still have its price.

"Brexit would never have happened if it wasn't for Ukip", he said.

Subverting May's Conservative campaign slogan, Wood said it was "weak and unstable leadership" not to appear.

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. I know we all look the same", she replied.

  • Joey Payne