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Labour comments on the TV debates

A Labour Party spokesperson said “Theresa May is running away from the scrutiny of a head to head debate with Jeremy Corbyn, as she did in the 2017 general election campaign.

“When Number Ten told the media she wanted a head to head debate on her botched Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn immediately agreed.

“Jeremy Corbyn then swiftly accepted ITV’s proposal for a straightforward head to head debate with Theresa May. But the Prime Minister has rejected it.

“Since then, the Prime Minister’s team and their preferred broadcaster, the BBC, have put together a confused format which would limit head to head debating time, with a built-in advantage for the government.

“The BBC’s latest proposal is a mish-mash, with a lop-sided panel of other politicians and public figures, not a straightforward head to head debate.

“The BBC could, as ITV and Sky have proposed to do, fairly represent other viewpoints and parties in other programmes on its network.

“The public has a right to a genuine head to head debate on the Prime Minister’s worst of all worlds deal.

“Either Theresa May should accept ITV’s straightforward proposal or, if she prefers the BBC, ask the corporation for a genuine head to head debate. Jeremy Corbyn is ready to take part in either.

“If the Prime Minister turns down the opportunity of a genuine head to head debate, it will be clear she is once again dodging a TV debate with the leader of the opposition on the future of our country.”