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Nicola Sturgeon demands to join head-to-head TV election debate

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Nicola Sturgeon accuses broadcasters of being stuck in the past as she demands to join head-to-head TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn

  • Nicola Sturgeon attacked broadcasters over arrangements for election debates
  • SNP leader said they were propping up the two-party system with their plans 
  • She accused Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn of being ‘scared’ to face her 

Nicola Sturgeon accused broadcasters of being stuck in the past today as she demanded to join the head-to-head TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

The SNP leader laid down the gauntlet to ‘scared’ Labour and Tory rivals saying she would take them on ‘anywhere, anytime’.

And she said the decision by ITV to shut out other contenders from a clash slated for November 19 was part of an effort to prop up the two-party system.

The comments by Ms Sturgeon, who was campaigning in Rutherglen, Glasgow today, came after Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson suggested the arrangements were sexist.

Asked if she would like to be included in the TV debates, the SNP leader said she ‘absolutely’ would. 

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon laid down the gauntlet to 'scared' Labour and Tory rivals as she campaigned in Rutherglen today

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon laid down the gauntlet to ‘scared’ Labour and Tory rivals as she campaigned in Rutherglen today

Ms Sturgeon (pictured visiting a pharmacist today) accused broadcasters of being stuck in the past as she demanded to join the TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn

Ms Sturgeon (pictured visiting a pharmacist today) accused broadcasters of being stuck in the past as she demanded to join the TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn

Ms Sturgeon said she would debate Mr Corbyn and Mr Johnson 'anywhere, anytime'

Ms Sturgeon said she would debate Mr Corbyn and Mr Johnson ‘anywhere, anytime’ 

She said: ‘My message to Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson is: ‘What are you scared of?’

‘I’ll debate one of them, I’ll debate both of them, anytime, anywhere.

‘Bring it on, stop running scared of meaningful debate in this election. The people can see you.’

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The First Minister warned broadcasters against ‘going back in time’ by only inviting the leaders of the two largest parties to the debate.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘The population, certainly in Scotland, but across the rest of the UK, is moving away from the two-party system.

‘You’ve got the broadcasters not only sticking to that but actually going back the way, because in 2010, 2015 and 2017 they had a different approach to that.

‘My message to the broadcaster is make sure that you’re reflecting politics as it is and not just how you want it to be.’ 

Ms  Swinson complained yesterday that the fact she ‘happens to be a woman’ was the reason why she will not feature in the ITV head-to-head.

Pointing out that Nick Clegg had been including in the clashes between David Cameron and Gordon Brown in 2010, she swiped: ‘Spot the difference.’  

Later that same evening ITV will broadcast a live interview based programme in which other party leaders will be able to comment on the head-to-head debate and set out their own electoral offer.   

Ms Swinson suggested the fact she 'happens to be a woman' was the reason why she will not feature in the head-to-head election debate being planned by ITV

Ms Swinson suggested the fact she ‘happens to be a woman’ was the reason why she will not feature in the head-to-head election debate being planned by ITV

 

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