Commentators were quick to point out that Burley appeared to be “snipey” and “more interrogative” towards Miliband, interrupting him on a number of points while he fielded questions from the audience floor.
Burley repeatedly asked Miliband about his relationship with his brother David, whom he beat him to win the Labour leadership contest, at one point telling him: “Your poor mother”.
Kay Burley much more interrogative on Miliband. Presume producers told her to step it up. And that she don't like Ed as much as Dave.— amol rajan (@amolrajan) March 26, 2015
Am confused whether Kay Burley is supposed to ask supplementaries? She didn't with Cameron but does with Miliband #BattleForNumber10— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) March 26, 2015
There was no point whatsoever to the Kay Burley segment. Learnt nothing. Cameron not held to account. Ends with a Q on shredded wheat! WTF— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) March 26, 2015
Funny how Kay Burley spent 20 minutes basically heckling Ed Miliband. Didn’t do that with Cameron, did she? #BattleForNumber10— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) March 26, 2015
Paxman was accused of a personal attack on Miliband, probing him about his relationship with David and questioning whether he was “tough enough” to become Prime Minister as a “north London geek”.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We are assessing the complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”
Channel 4 also received 300 complaints about the televised debate.
A snap Guardian/ICM poll after the broadcast showed Cameron had a narrow 54 per cent lead among viewers at home.
Political commentators said there was no clear winner, with many claiming Paxman was the real victor of the night.
Cameron agreed to the live debate after weeks of stalling as Conservative strategists blocked plans for a head-to-head, fearing the Labour leader might surprise voters by performing better than his poor opinion poll ratings would suggest.Reuse content