Immigration dominated last night's BBC general election debate as Amber Rudd slammed Jeremy Corbyn for his muddled policy on the issue.

After being pressed by the Home Secretary, who stood in for Prime Minister Theresa May, to clarify if immigration would go up or down under a Labour government, the Leader of the Opposition repeatedly refused to answer her question.

BBC news presenter Mishal Hussain, who hosted the debate, asked Mr. Corbyn to clarify what he meant by fair immigration and how he intends to cut it.

Instead, the Labour leader dodged the question by saying: 'A Labour government would ensure that all immigrants have jobs before they get here.'

He then engaged in a furious row with Ms Rudd over the issue by angrily accusing the Conservatives of failing to perform their duty of protecting child refugees.

'That was not on the ballot paper!'

Immigration took centre-stage in last night's BBC general election debate after an audience member asked the party leaders how they will ensure Britain has the skills to succeed in a post-Brexit environment.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall was constantly interrupted by Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, as he tried to explain that his party would implement an Australian-points based system to curb immigration.

He said numbers of immigrants equivalent to 'a city the size of Hull' entered this country last year.

But Mrs Wood said: 'That was not on the ballot paper last year!'

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused the Conservatives and UKIP of 'demonising immigrants', after a middle-aged Asian man was supposedly verbally abused while dedicating 50 hours of his time assisting victims of last week's Manchester bombings.

He received a positive response from the audience when he said the Tories have 'failed to meet their bogus immigration targets.'

'Recognise positive contribution immigrants make'

However, Ms Rudd hit back, saying that Britain's EU departure over the next two years will provide the Government with an opportunity to introduce an immigration policy Britain can control.

She added: 'This will allow us to reduce immigration numbers while attracting the brightest and the best to enter this country.'

Mr. Corbyn made an indirect political point of attacking the Conservatives by saying every EU national must be provided with permanent residence, to which he received a thunderous applause from the audience.

He added: 'We must recognise the positive contribution immigrants make to this country.'

Mrs Wood humiliated herself by saying Wales already has sufficient numbers of immigrants when pressed on the issue by Mrs Hussain.

She said: 'The problem is that Theresa May wants to end the free movement of people.'

Despite this, the BBC presenter asked her to clarify how that would square with Welsh electors when they voted for Brexit last year.

The Plaid Cymru leader said: 'Immigration was not on last year's ballot paper. UKIP is whipping up hatred.'

'Unbelievably cruel to use EU citizens as bargaining chips'

Mr. Farron and Mr. Nuttall exchanged bitter blows as they talked over each other when the UKIP leader said the majority of British people want controlled immigration.

SNP Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, received a positive reception from the audience when he accused the other parties of 'demonising people.'

He said the SNP want an immigration policy suited to different parts of the UK.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said it is 'unbelievably cruel to use EU citizens as bargaining chips.'

She said it is a pity Labour does not support the free movement of people.

Mr. Corbyn talked over Ms Lucas as he said the free movement of people causes exploitation of workers, as they are brought over here to undermine wages.

But Mr. Robertson said Labour was copying UKIP's immigration policy.

Mr. Farron said it would be 'a stain on our nation' if EU citizens were not allowed to remain in this country post-Brexit.

The Home Secretary said the Government is seeking to strike a deal that is fair to both EU citizens residing in Britain and British ex-pats living in EU countries.

She said: 'A coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn would only cause confusion when negotiating with the 27 EU member states.'

Mrs Wood interrupted her by saying: 'A Tory-UKIP coalition is shameful.'

Ms Rudd ignored her and said Britain must get the right result when negotiating with the EU.

The BBC General Election debate took place on BBC One last night at 8pm.