"It's actually about getting out and about, meeting voters and hearing directly from voters", the prime minister said.
"Now the Conservatives want five more years of cuts to our vital public services to fund tax handouts for the wealthy few".
Her appearance comes after she was widely mocked by opposition parties for her refusal to take part in Wednesday's televised BBC debate, sending Home Secretary Amber Rudd instead.
"The only question to consider is who should be in No 10 to steer Britain to a brighter future?"
The Prime Minister launched a renewed attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, warning he was not capable of negotiating a new deal with the EU. Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats went further - calling her speech "delusional".
Fresh from, er, watching last night's TV debate, the Prime Minister will be heading to the North East where the Conservatives will look to take a slice of traditional Labour heartlands.
May called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand going into Brexit talks, which are due to begin on June 19.
It said Theresa May was in a "different class" to Mr Corbyn - but warned she had been "found out" on the campaign trail. I do not ever involve myself in personal arguments or sniping with people.
Turnout among young voters is modelled differently by each polling firm, which helped account for the wide range of different estimates on the Conservatives' polling lead - now between 3 and 12 percentage points. He said: "Where do you think Theresa May is tonight?"
But she said the social care policy - dubbed the "dementia tax" in the media - had also caused her alarm.
Betting markets give a more than 80-percent probability of May winning an overall majority, though betting markets were wrong ahead of the unexpected Brexit result in the June 23 referendum past year.
She added: "If we get Brexit right, I am confident the future will be bright". Imagine if it's a bad deal.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also expected to deliver a major speech on Brexit on Thursday.
"A lot of what Jeremy Corbyn is advocating does refer to the disenchantment that the rich and big companies have got away with murder and need some comeuppance", he said. Have you seen people sleeping around our stations?
"Have you seen the levels of poverty that exist because of your government's conscious decisions on benefits?"
More than 80 per cent of British Jews aged over 55 said they would vote Tory.
She replied: "The truth is we are fighting to win and we are fighting to win with a majority. Some of the offers you will hear tonight are just fanciful".
"The relentlessly upbeat assessment of Brexit in her speech today is a U-turn of epic proportions", he said. "I will work every day to make a success of Brexit, and will strive to be a leader worthy of a Great Britain", she said.
He added: "I invite you to join us when we celebrate victory".
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