No regrets over snap election call and no error of judgment on care policy - May

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General Election 2017

Theresa May has insisted she has no regrets about calling a snap election despite plummeting poll ratings.

The Prime Minister denied she had made an error of judgment over controversial social care reforms and claimed the choice facing voters had not changed since the campaign was launched.

A shock poll put Mrs May on course to lose on June 8 and others have suggested her lead over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has plummeted to single figures following the plans to change the way people are charged for care.

Asked if she regretted calling the election, Mrs May told ITV News: "No. The only poll that matters is the one that takes place on June 8, and when June 8 comes the choice that people will have is actually the same as it was at the beginning of the campaign."

The Press Association's poll of polls, a seven-day rolling average of all published polls, puts the Conservatives on 44% and Labour on 35%.

Mrs May was accused of U-turning after announcing that a cap would be included in social care reforms after a weekend of negative headlines following the launch of the Conservative Party's manifesto.

Pressed on whether it had been a massive error of judgment not to have included details of a cap from the outset, she replied: "No. What we did in our manifesto was set out some key principles about a new social care policy which would mean that, unlike today, people wouldn't have to sell their homes in their lifetimes in order to pay their care bills, that there would be a higher level of savings that they could pass on to their families - £100,000 rather than £23,000 - and that those were the key principles because we want a long-term sustainable policy that actually is fair across the generations."

Mrs May denied the move means Brussels negotiators would view her now as someone who was willing to change her mind.

"No, what the people in Brussels will be looking at is how I have negotiated with them in the past where I have gone with a clear remit from the UK when I was home secretary and I came back with what I asked for," she said.