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BUSTED! Labour calls out cowardlyTheresa May on her attempt to ‘dodge’ Brexit debate with Jeremy Corbyn

The ultimatum: Labour has insisted that Theresa May accept a straightforward, head-to-head debate on Brexit with Jeremy Corbyn – as she originally demanded – on ANY television channel, rather than the biased, cobbled-together formats that have been put forward by the BBC.

The Labour Party has claimed Theresa May is “running away” from the straightforward, head-to-head TV debate on Brexit with Jeremy Corbyn that she demanded, by insisting on a confused format cobbled together by her friends at the BBC.

Labour said Mr Corbyn would be happy to take part in a head-to-head debate on the BBC, ITV or any other channel.

The BBC had put together a “confused” format, limiting debating time and building in an advantage for Mrs May with a “lop-sided” panel of other politicians and public figures, Labour claimed.

And Mrs May was warned that if she turns down the opportunity to take part in a straightforward debate, she would be “once again dodging a TV debate with the leader of the opposition”, as she did in the run-up to the general election of 2017.

Here is Labour’s statement in full:

Theresa May is running away from the scrutiny of a head to head debate with Jeremy Corbyn, as she did in the 2017 general election campaign.

When Number Ten told the media she wanted a head to head debate on her botched Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn immediately agreed.

Jeremy Corbyn then swiftly accepted ITV’s proposal for a straightforward head to head debate with Theresa May. But the prime minister has rejected it.

Since then, the prime minister’s team and their preferred broadcaster, the BBC, have put together a confused format which would limit head to head debating time, with a built-in advantage for the government.

The BBC’s latest proposal is a mish-mash, with a lop-sided panel of other politicians and public figures, not a straightforward head to head debate.

The BBC could, as ITV and Sky have proposed to do, fairly represent other viewpoints and parties in other programmes on its network.

The public has a right to a genuine head to head debate on the prime minister’s worst of all worlds deal.

Either Theresa May should accept ITV’s straightforward proposal or, if she prefers the BBC, to ask the corporation for a genuine head to head debate. Jeremy Corbyn is ready to take part in either.

If the prime minister turns down the opportunity of a genuine head to head debate, it will be clear she is once again dodging a TV debate with the leader of the opposition on the future of our country.

The mainstream media are already trying to spin this as precursor to talks breaking down and the debate being called off.

The Tories have already laid the groundwork for claims that this is due to cowardice by Labour.

But it is clear that, once again, it is Mrs May who is the coward.

She issued a challenge to Mr Corbyn for a head-to-head debate – with no extras. Then she tried to qualify that challenge by demanding the right to choose the venue and format of that debate.

It isn’t up to her.

In trying to force Mr Corbyn into an unacceptable situation and accusing him of running away when he rightly rejected it, her behaviour has been utterly dishonourable, weak, cowardly, and without any understanding of honour or integrity.

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If anyone’s running scared of a TV debate on Brexit, it isn’t Jeremy Corbyn

The combatants: Jeremy Corbyn is raring to take part in a TV debate on Brexit – but Theresa May is reluctant unless it happens on the pro-Tory BBC, despite the fact that she issued the challenge.

The attitude of Theresa May’s mass-media stooges defies belief at the best of times but this week it is defying reality.

It seems outlets like Sky and even ITV are suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn is frightened of taking part in a televised debate about Brexit with Theresa May.

These people must think we have really short memories. Here’s Peter Stefanovic to explain the facts:

That’s right – Theresa May ran away from a head-to-head with Mr Corbyn, not 18 months ago – she sent Amber Rudd to the TV debates instead. That’s why many of us – including myself – have been questioning whether she will show up this time.

Mr Corbyn has always been willing to go head to head with Mrs May, as the following indicates:

It seems more likely that Mrs May is worried that he’ll make mincemeat of her and is trying to sabotage the event by claiming he is trying to ruin it by being difficult about the venue and format (in fact, as the person accepting the challenge, the choice should be up to him).

And it seems Mrs May is right to be afraid; she fell apart when questioned by Philip Schofield on that heavyweight political debate programme, This Morning! See for yourself:

Lightweight political operators like Vince Cable have been weighing in to support Mrs May’s side – but they are lightweights, simply trying to get noticed. The fact is that Mrs May wants the debate to be hosted by the BBC because the BBC is biased in her favour – and that is all the reason we need to demand that the debate happens elsewhere:

Lord Adonis is absolutely right. Consider the pro-Tory support that lurks in the BBC’s political news team – an organisation which, let’s not forget, put an actor on our screens to pretend that she was a “pastor” who supports Mrs May’s Brexit deal, and hoped we wouldn’t notice (we did). Tom Pride provides details of some of these Tory stooges:

Fortunately this deception is so paper-thin that all but the most gullible people are seeing through it:

Make no mistake: If the debate doesn’t happen, it will be because Mrs May ran away again.

Any other interpretation is just sick Tory spin.

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