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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron on TV debates: What is Theresa May so scared of?

April 19, 2017 3:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today, Tim Farron said: "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

"The British people deserve to hear party leaders set out their plans and debate them publicly. But the Prime Minister has refused to take part in televised leaders' debates.

"The Prime Minister and I, back in 1992, debated publicly, forcibly and amicably when we were both candidates together.

"Indeed, the Prime Minister called out the then incumbent who did not show up for some of those debates.

"Why will she not publicly debate these issues now - what is she scared of?"