Sky News Say Televised Debate will be Cancelled as Boris Johnson Refuses to Take Part

Sky News have said that Boris Johnson has refused to accept an invitation to appear in a televised debate with Jeremy Hunt, which would have allowed both candidates to make their case to become leader of the Conservative Party.

Sky News said:

“Jeremy Hunt has agreed to take part, but Boris Johnson has so far declined the invitation. We stand ready to host a debate tomorrow evening if both candidates make themselves available.”

A spokesperson for Jeremy Hunt’s campaign team said:

“Whoever wants to be Prime Minister must face up now to the intense scrutiny that comes with the job, anything less is deeply disrespectful to our members. Trying to duck debates and run down the clock until after postal ballots have been returned is just cynical and complacent. Boris Johnson must stop trying to slink into No 10 through the back door and come clean about his programme for government.”

Former Conservative Minister Calls Government Brexit Date Plan as “Madness”

Stephen Hammond, a former Conservative Minister and the current MP for Wimbledon, has said on Sky News that he thinks the Government’s decision to put the leaving date from the EU into UK law is “madness”.

During an interview with Niall Paterson, Hammond said, referring to the chances of no deal:

“We have to make provision for it and accept it is a possibility. And we have to accept, actually, by putting this date on the front of the bill, unfortunately you’ve made that more likely”.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, had said on 10 November 2017:

“[The date] will be there in black and white on the front page of this historic piece of legislation”.