Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the prime minister of ‘running scared’ over his refusal to commit to a series of three televised debates ahead of the 2015 general election.
Miliband is pushing for a re-run of the format used in the 2010 election campaign which saw the BBC, Sky and ITV each stage a separate debate amongst the three main party leaders – crucially however no space will be reserved for Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
Commenting on this schedule to 5 News Miliband said: “It’s time for David Cameron to stop ducking and diving and agree to those TV debates. Just like at the last general election so the country can make its choice.
“What I’m worried about is that the Prime Minister doesn’t want those debates and he is running scared from those debates. I’m not running scared from them, I relish those debates.
“I say bring those debates on in the election campaign and I look forward to them, to debate energy and all the other issues.”
Conservatives are thought to be reluctant to stage a rematch of the TV face-offs after David Cameron performed poorly in the last round, to the benefit of Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.