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Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson was hammered on the BBC Question Time debate tonight as viewers said she should have 'stayed at home' and called for someone to press the fire alarm to help her out.

Ms Swinson, who has been in her role for less than 125 days, faced a barrage of criticism for her party's changing position on fracking, its decision to back student fees and the nuclear deterrent. 

Ms Swinson appeared for thirty minutes on the special edition of the programme, which was broadcast from Sheffield.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson was hammered on BBC Question Time tonight for her party's changing position on fracking, its decision to back student fees and how it hopes to keep the nuclear deterrent

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson was hammered on BBC Question Time tonight for her party's changing position on fracking, its decision to back student fees and how it hopes to keep the nuclear deterrent

Ms Swinson faced a heated Question Time audience, with one member asking her to 'clarify' her position on fracking due to the party's changeable policy, while a second said the party had taken Labour's policies. 

'Recently this week you said you would be ok with using nuclear weapons', said a woman wearing a blue top, 'can you please clarify why you think that would be ok and how is that going to protect the planet?'

It came moments after the Liberal Democrat leader had been buffeted for her party's chameleon-like position on fracking.

She was heckled as she explain the party's decision to back nuclear weapons because they could help to encourage other countries to destroy their stocks, and said that the party no longer supports fracking. 

'We are against fracking', she said.

'We want a ban on fracking because the climate emergency is such that we shouldn't be starting new fossil fuel industries'.

Ms Swinson was also heckled as she explained the party's decision to back nuclear weapons because they could offer a method of encouraging other countries to destroy their stocks

Ms Swinson was also heckled as she explained the party's decision to back nuclear weapons because they could offer a method of encouraging other countries to destroy their stocks

However, social media users were less than convinced by the Liberal Democrat policies.

One commented: 'She is being hammered. She should have stayed at home.'

Another said: 'This poor woman. Someone press the fire alarm or something and save what's left of her a**.'

A third person said she had just got a 'Yorkshire flea' in her ear, while a fourth posted a picture of a woman drinking a glass of water with the caption: 'Worst 120 days or so of my life.'

Another social media user branded her performance 'cringeworthy' saying: 'This performance by Swinson is cringeworthy. I'm squirming for her and I can't stand her.'

A final person added: 'Oh my god! This could not be any worse for Swinson.' 

At the start of the debate Jeremy Corbyn pledged to adopt a 'neutral stance' in another EU referendum under Labour as he came under fire from voters during a televised grilling.

The Labour leader was questioned over fears for businesses, anti-Semitism, misogyny, freedom of speech and Scottish independence during a special episode of BBC's Question Time on Friday.

As they try to tip the balance in the campaign for the December 12 General Election, each leader was being quizzed for half-an-hour during the show hosted by Fiona Bruce in Sheffield.

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