Johnson and Corbyn running scared of Jo Swinson - formal complaint made to ITV

November 1, 2019 7:45 PM

Jo Swinson MP and Ed Davey MP at NW Leadership Hustings"Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are running scared, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said, responding to the news that ITV will host a head to head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, but excluding the Liberal Democrats

"They appear determined to block the woman leader of the strongest party of Remain from the debate stage.

"They know that their vision for our country can't compare to the Liberal Democrats plan to stop Brexit and build a brighter future for everybody, everywhere."

The Liberal Democrats have now lodged a formal complaint to ITV for excluding Jo Swinson from their election debate and warned "failing to have Liberal Democrats in the debate is misrepresenting the current political reality."

In a letter to ITV Chief Executive, Dame Carolyn McCall, the President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said "voters of this country deserve to hear from a Remainer on the debate stage, not just from the two men who want to deliver Brexit."

The letter goes on to raise section 6.2 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code which states that 'due weight must be given to the coverage of parties and independent candidates during the election period' and 'broadcasters must take into account evidence of past electoral support and/or current support'.

The letter follows the Liberal Democrats launching a petition with the hashtag 'Debate Her' calling for Jo Swinson to be in the debate. The petition states "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are running scared of debating the woman leader of the strongest party of Remain."