SNP: ‘Unfair’ to exclude Nicola Sturgeon from TV debate

Thursday, November 14, 2019

SNP candidate Drew Hendry has agreed that it is “fundamentally unfair” not to include Nicola Sturgeon in an upcoming television debate ahead of the general election.

Party leader Ms Sturgeon is set to launch legal action against ITV after the broadcaster said it would host a head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on November 19.

She said the decision is “fundamentally unfair and it fails to recognise that the UK is no longer a two-party state.”

Mr Hendry said for Scottish voters, it would “ignore the country’s largest party” and would give Labour and the Conservatives “an unfair advantage over the SNP and other parties”.

“This is a very unusual election, there’s every chance that this will be a hung Parliament and one per cent movement could be absolutely critical in the final destination of the seats,” he told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer.

The business spokesman continued: “It’s entirely possible that the SNP will hold the balance of power in the House of Commons after the election.”

WATCH: Luciana Berger says people 'deserve and expect' to hear from the Lib Dems

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said earlier this week that her party will also launch a legal challenge, having been excluded from the same on-screen debate.

Lib Dem candidate Luciana Berger told Julia the party was taking the matter seriously because “the choice between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is not a choice at all”.

She said it was “highly regrettable” that the Liberal Democrats had not been invited to the discussion, and that people “deserve and expect” to hear from the party.

“When it comes to debates, it’s ludicrous that the country’s not going to be able to hear at this moment in time in that particular debate from the party of Remain, the party that wants to stop Brexit,” she added.

ITV has said it was already scheduling a separate live debate to include seven party leaders - including Ms Swinson - alongside the head-to-head between the Prime Minister and Mr Corbyn.

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