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Theresa May labelled ‘scared’ by fellow leaders for skipping TV debate
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20 May, 2017

Theresa May was denounced for lacking "the guts" to participate in the party leaders' election debate broadcast on Thursday night.

Ms Wood and Mr Nuttall were joined the Lib Dems' Tim Farron, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Green leader Caroline Lucas for the two-hour showdown.

Mrs May has said she will not take part in any live debates, and Mr Corbyn has said he will only take part if she does.

Mr Farron, defending his party's proposal for a second European Union referendum, said: "Somebody will sign off that deal, it will either be the politicians or the people".

According to the Daily Mirror, it "looked like the worst episode of Take Me Out ever", while The Independent's John Rentoul says it was "less interesting than a discussion among random people on Twitter or down the pub".

While Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas claimed Labour had "left the field", saying they had not only turned down opportunity for debate but have also written the Tories "a blank cheque" for Hard Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon jokingly described the Ukip chief as a "spokesperson" for the Prime Minister as she attempted to paint the Tories as careering towards an economically risky form of leaving the EU.

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The two parties will be sending their PR teams, but neither Theresa May, nor Jeremy Corbyn will attend.

Television debates are often said to be a job interview to be Prime Minister, so it was bold of Theresa May - the post's current occupant - to pass up ITV's chance to debate her rivals on stage this evening.

"You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed", the Welsh politician said. "You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services", said Ms Wood.

Subverting May's Conservative campaign slogan, Wood said it was "weak and unstable leadership" not to appear.

May called the surprise election citing the need to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations, which she said was being undermined by the opposition.

Ms Wood replied, "You've done it twice now", and Mr Nuttal replied: "Have I?"


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