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D-Day row continues

Ms Mordaunt stated Rishi Sunak’s choice to depart D-Day commemorations early on Thursday was “completely wrong”.

The Conservative politician added: “I’m from Portsmouth, I have also been defence secretary and my wish is, at the end of this week, is that all of our veterans feel completely treasured.”

The former defence secretary insisted the difficulty shouldn’t develop into “a political football”.

But Mr Farage, who went to Normandy himself, replied: “It already is, because the veterans themselves are speaking out saying he’s let the country down.”

Farage on immigration

Reform’s Mr Farage claimed he was “on a platform tonight with six other people whose parties have been wholly unconcerned” with immigration.

The Brexit architect warned Britain resides via a “population crisis” that’s “making us poorer”.

The Clacton candidate was accused of “bigotry” by Plaid Cymru's chief Rhun ap Iorwerth.

Meanwhile, when Mr Farage stated he needed to inject some “logic” into the dialogue, the SNP’s Mr Flynn replied: “That would be a novelty for you.”

Mordaunt and Rayner conflict

Ms Mordant and Ms Rayner clashed over the UK’s nuclear deterrent in a fiery second.

The Tory politician informed the controversy: “Angela Rayner voted recently, along with the guy that wants to be your foreign secretary and half the Labour front bench, to end our nuclear deterrent.”

The Labour deputy chief replied: “Penny you can keep pointing at me but you’re the party that has cut the armed forces, crashed the economy and left us in a real mess.”

Ms Rayner and shadow overseas secretary David Lammy have been amongst 48 Labour MPs who voted in opposition to the renewal of the Trident nuclear programme in 2016.

The pair additionally traded blows over Tory claims that Labour would increase taxes by £2,000 if elected.

Ms Mordaunt informed the viewers: “We have got to cut taxes and we have got to alleviate the burdens on business.

“Angela Rayner’s occasion – Keir Starmer confirmed this earlier this week – they’re going to put up your taxes by £2,000 per working family.”

Ms Rayner said “that may be a lie” and added that the Government had raised taxes to a “file degree”.

The pair then began to shout over each other before debate host Mishal Hussain cut them off.

“That was terribly dignified wasn’t it?” Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer, who additionally took half within the debate, added.

The controversial determine has made headlines with Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer accusing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of mendacity about how the sum was calculated.