SNP and Lib Dems lose challenge to appear on ITV telly debate

Carla Harmon
November 18, 2019

"The last time we went to the polls in this country was in the European elections in May and the Liberal Democrats finished ahead of both Labour and the Conservatives", he said.

Speaking after the ruling, the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Scottish voters were being treated like "second-class citizens".

When ITV announced its plans, the channel said it would hold a live interview-based program alongside the leaders' head-to-head to allow other parties to comment, as well as another multi-party debate ahead of the December 12 general election.

A court battle to ensure the leaders of the SNP and the Liberal Democrats are included in an ITV televised election debate will get underway today, as Jo Swinson condemned the BBC for "excluding the voice of Remain" from its debate.

In the High Court in London, Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Warby said the case was not suitable for judicial review as ITV was not carrying out a "public function" in law by holding the debate.

The two parties took the broadcaster to court, saying their exclusion deprived voters of the chance to make their own decisions.

"Labour and the Tories have not been the leading parties in Scotland at an election for around a decade, while the SNP has grown to become the third party in United Kingdom wide politics".

Political correspondent Henry Zeffman tells Shelagh Fogarty everything you need to know about tomorrow's Leaders' Debate with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

"It's simply wrong of broadcasters to present a binary choice and pre-empy the decision of the people in a general election".

Across two hours, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson will each be invited to take questions from the audience for thirty minutes.

"That means the health of our democracy depends on having both sides of the Brexit debate represented at the "top table", including at the BBC leaders' debate". We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press.

Both ITV and the BBC declined to comment.

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