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Boris Johnson has added his voice to those claiming that the studio audience for Wednesday night's BBC leaders' debate was biased against the Conservatives, calling it "the most leftwing audience I've ever seen".

But Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, whose party has struggled for attention during the campaign, was the first to draw attention to the prime minister's absence.

Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders piled pressure on the Conservatives in a televised debate on Wednesday night, warning voters against giving Theresa May a blank cheque next week.

The Labour leader stepped in as he asked what had happened to Mrs May and why she was not debating on the show. She might be out there sizing up your house to pay for your social care.

The Greens co-leader was praised for challenging Ms Rudd about why the United Kingdom is the second biggest arms dealer in the world, while Mr Robertson was commended for accusing Labour of "aping Ukip" on immigration.

During the debate, it was the clashes between Mr Corbyn - who only announced hours before the debate that he would take part - and Ms Rudd that were the most heated during the debate, with angry disagreements on the economy, Brexit, immigration and terrorism.

Mr Corbyn snapped back insisting he was supported by the Labour Party.

"Do we need, as I'm afraid the Prime Minister has done for the last seven years, to set completely barmy, bogus targets that she fails to meet every year".

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had made her excuses for not turning up - including that she couldn't possibly let herself be distracted by an election, even if she did call it herself.

"Amber, have you been to a food bank?"

Ms Lucas, who performed strongly throughout, said Ms Rudd's response on disability benefits was "downright insulting". The prime minister is not here tonight.

On security, Mr Robertson accused Ukip of "going straight for the Muslims" in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

After an audience member asked about strong leadership, Ms Rudd took a furious swipe at the Shadow Home Secretary.

She said Mr Corbyn had faced a confidence vote by his own MPs in which four out of five voted against him.

It was all a bit of a waste of time, says The Independent.

She went on to list her party cutting the deficit and investing in the NHS - but not before she had to pause as the audience erupted into laughter.