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Ending the rowing over TV debates at election time: the case for an independent commission

Voters have a right to informative discussions as part of the electoral process

By Michela Palese  

A BBC election debate ahead of the 2017 general election. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

Not long after MPs voted to hold a snap election, ITV announced that it would hold a TV debate between the two main party leaders on 19th November. Other broadcasters soon followed, with the BBC proposing a series of debates in the lead-up to polling day, including a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn and a seven-way podium debate between senior figures of the main political parties.

Uproar soon ensued over who should be allowed…

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