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Legal challenge to take part in debates on Tuesday

High Court judges will hear a legal challenge against ITV over an election debate which excludes the Liberal Democrat and SNP leaders.

ITV is hosting a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday, which will not include any other party leaders.

The Lib Dems and the SNP will contest the decision to exclude their party leaders from the debate at a hearing in London on Monday.

Lib Dem representatives lodged papers at the court in London last week and said it was “vital for our democracy” to have both sides of the Brexit debate included in TV debates during the election campaign.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice, party president Sal Brinton said: “General elections are about people’s democratic choices.

“The TV debates offer the only chance for people to see how leaders compare to each other directly, in a neutral, equal and balanced format.

“For many people, this is the moment they decide how they will vote.

“Right now, most voters see Brexit as the single biggest issue for the country and the central issue for this election.

“And people know more about where they stand on Brexit than which party they will vote for.

“So it is vital for our democracy to have both sides of the Brexit debate represented at the top table of the leaders’ debates.”

Lib Dem president Baroness Brinton (Image: Getty Images)


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