Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders' debate

Party leaders rounded on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn for shunning the first TV leaders' debate of the election campaign, though Ukip's leader, Paul Nuttall, was widely derided by other parties as "the prime minister's spokesman".

The event will see Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Ukip's Paul Nuttall and the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon lock horns.

It is not clear whether Mr Nuttall was confusing Ms Wood with Natalie Wood, the U.S. actress, or Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will be absent as Britain's political leaders take part in a prime time leaders' debate on ITV.

Green co-leader Caroline Lucas joined in, laughing and implying Nuttall had problems remembering different women's names.

But a defiant Mr Nuttall said only his party was "truly committed to the Brexit that people voted for" in last year's referendum.

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

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After Mr Farron repeated his call for a second referendum on Brexit, Mr Nuttall tore into him saying: "Tim can cry about it all he wants".

"You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed".

"Theresa May is not just pursuing Brexit, she is pursuing a hard, extreme Brexit", SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister in Scotland's semi-autonomous government, said in the ITV debate late on Thursday. "I don't believe that she will get the best deal possible for Britain, I believe she will begin to backslide", he said.

Wood also mocked the Conservative manifesto, and said it was a "weak and unstable leadership" not to appear, in jest at the Tory PM's unofficial mantra of "strong and stable leadership".

He said: 'The Brexit negotiation between Brussels and London will have outcomes none of us can predict.

Ms Sturgeon jokingly described the Ukip chief as a "spokesperson" for the Prime Minister as she attempted to paint the Tories as careering towards an economically unsafe form of leaving the EU.

Ms Wood replied, "You've done it twice now", and Mr Nuttal replied: "Have I?"

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