General Election 2015: David Cameron is 'still a chicken' as he turns down latest challenge to debate Ed Miliband

PM's latest excuse is a bizarre claim that Prime Minister's Questions meant voters knew enough about him and Labour leader to 'get the measure of us'

Matt Dathan@matt_dathan
Friday 17 April 2015 17:00
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A chicken reacts to seeing a man dressed in a chicken outfit
A chicken reacts to seeing a man dressed in a chicken outfit

David Cameron faced more "chicken" accusations as he turned down Ed Miliband’s latest challenge to take him on in a head-to-head TV debate.

The Labour leader used his closing statement last night to demand the Prime Minister “debate me, one on one.”

Staring straight down the camera, Mr Miliband added: "David, if you think this election is about leadership, then debate me one-on-one."

But Mr Cameron dismissed the idea with a bizarre claim that voters knew enough about each of them from watching Prime Minister’s Questions to “get the measure of us”.

“We’ve had 146 debates at Prime Minster’s Questions. I think people have seen a lot of those to get the measure of us.

The BBC confirmed this morning that it would be happy to stage a last-minute head-to-head debate between the two contenders.

Nick Clegg, desperate to get in on the action, replied directly to the Labour leader’s challenge to Mr Cameron, saying: “I’ll debate with you Ed Miliband, even if David Cameron won’t. Any time, any place, anywhere.”

The Lib Dem leader was forced to sit on the side lines for last night’s debate. The Prime Minister did not even bother watching the full 90-minute debate, preferring to watch the highlights instead.

“I was glad it went ahead, I caught a bit of it,” he said. “I saw the leaders of the red party, the green party, the purple party, the yellow party in Scotland, all saying different things but all meaning the same thing.”

Labour MPs mocked the Prime Minister for "chickening" out of the debates as he tweeted his only contribution to last night's debate:


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