Cameron may duck TV election debates
David Cameron may not take part in televised debates of party leaders in the run-up to the next general election, it was reported last night.
The Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, said that it was not certain that Mr Cameron would debate with other party leaders in 2015, as he did in 2010, when televised debates were held for the first time.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s performance in those debates saw his party’s standing in the polls improve at the expense of both Labour and the Tories.
In an interview with The Times, Mr Shapps said nothing had yet been decided: “I had very mixed feelings about the leaders’ debates last time round. It may or may not have made a difference. The reason I’ve got mixed feelings is to do with the shape of the campaign, which was then all about the debates – it’s not important what you do up in Newcastle on a particular day, it’s all about the debate that evening or that’s coming out.”
Mr Shapps added: “I’m open-minded. I don’t know if it will happen. There will be a discussion.”
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are said to be expecting the debates to go ahead, but all three parties have disagreed over the format they could take. There has been some suggestion that there may be only one debate, rather than three as in 2010.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...