Prime minister’s insistence on one event exasperates broadcasters, who threaten to go ahead with series of debates, while rivals say he is ‘playing chicken’
The prospect of any repeat of the 2010 election TV debates appeared to be drawing to a close on Thursday night as exasperated broadcasters desperately suggested they might screen the events by replacing an absent David Cameron with an empty chair.
The high-risk proposal is fraught with legal difficulties because of broadcasters’ obligation to remain politically impartial, but they say was forced on them because of Downing Street’s continuing refusal to allow the prime minister to participate in the debates without various pre-conditions being met.
I am assuming the role of just about the only person who is willing to defend the record of this government
He’s saying he’ll do one debate, but he’ll do it before the proper campaign starts so it won't be a proper debate
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