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Leadership hopefuls urged to do battle in live televised debates

Jun 12, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

BORIS JOHNSON and Jeremy Hunt have been urged to take part in television debates as their rivals say all candidates should be "open to scrutiny". Mr Johnson has so far avoided television and radio interviews as part of his leadership bid, and has not committed to taking part. Mr Hunt has said he is only prepared to take part if all candidates sign up.

Major broadcasters have lined up television debates, and yesterday pressure mounted on Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt to agree to take part in them.

Traditionally the candidate who is ahead in the polls, or the incumbent leader, believes they have the most to lose from live d...