File image of empty podiums with BBC logo before televised election debate in 2010.
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Wrangling over televised election debates continues

Plans for televised election debates involving party leaders are in disarray as agreement on formats and timings is proving impossible to achieve.

David Cameron has denied claims he is scared of TV election debates, claiming the broadcasters are to blame and he wants to "get on" with his proposal for a seven-way contest.

Ed Miliband has accused the PM of "cowering" from the public after he rejected proposals for a head-to-head debate with the Labour leader.

Meanwhile, the BBC Trust has rejected the Democratic Unionist Party's appeal against its exclusion from the debates.

James Landale reports.

  • 05 Mar 2015
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