Corbyn challenges Cameron to annual TV debates

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has challenged Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to take part in annual televised debates, events usually reserved for election time. The call has won the backing of political rivals.

People are entitled to know more about their political leaders and to have their government held to account by the elected opposition in every way possible,” Corbyn told the Independent newspaper.

It is crucial that the prime minister and government are held to account, both inside and outside Parliament, throughout their period in office — not just at election time,” he added.

It was reintroduced for the 2015 election with the inclusion of smaller parties like the Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru and Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party (UKIP).

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s performances in 2015 proved highly popular. A spokeswoman for the party told the Guardian the clashes “brought the election campaign alive and were far, far better for having a full range of participants — unlike in 2010 — which properly reflected the diverse range of political choices.

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Via RT.