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Read more:  The broadcasters need a clear formula for the TV debates, says Peter Kellner

The argument raging in Westminster about televised election debates serves at least one purpose. It allows the government a degree of influence over the news agenda. Much better to have attention focussed on the “will-he, won’t-he?” drama of whether the Prime Minister will participate in the debates than on, say, today’s immigration figures showing that since 2011 the English population has increased by more than half a million. As such, Cameron’s decision to blow up the debate question into some sort of “situation” has within…

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