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Sunday, 19 May 2024 – 18:05

Jo Swinson determined to be included in TV debates

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson delivered a statement in Westminster on Monday afternoon in which she said she was determined to be included in the televised debates for the upcoming general election.

It was announced last week that ITV is to broadcast the first head-to-head debate of the 2019 UK general election campaign, but it would just be between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday 19 November.

Speaking to the media, Jo Swinson said on Monday that her party had already had meetings with ITV, was seeking legal advice and would take any further action necessary, including legal action if needed in order to see the structure of the debate be amended.

Jo Swinson has repeatedly said that she is a candidate for the next Prime Minister and that her party could win hundreds of seats in the upcoming election.

Speaking on Monday, she said;

“I am delighted to lead a party 50-50 men and women MPs.

“It is why we are determined that the TV debates that take place about who will be the next Prime Minister of our country cannot and should not exclude only woman leader who is able to be Prime Minister.”

When the announcement of the debate was made last week, Liberal Democrats MP, Chuka Umunna tweeted;

“Whatever your politics, this is discriminatory, undemocratic and wrong. Not only is it two blokes deciding to have a debate excluding women, we are not a two party country and the sizeable proportion of the public who want to #StopBrexit won’t have a voice in the room.”

The Lib Dem leader pointed out that in 2010, Nick Clegg was involved in the TV debates, saying that she should be this time too. The Lib Dems have recently been polling just behind Labour, and are the largest UK-wide party to fully declare support for stopping Brexit and remaining in the European Union. She criticised Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, who she suggested are maybe scared of facing her in a debate.


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