No mention of Wales at ITV’s Corbyn v Johnson debate
Wales was not mentioned once during ITV’s Jeremy Corbyn v Boris Johnson leader’s debate.
Brexit, the NHS and Prince Andrew were among the topics discussed as the leaders of the Conservative and Labour parties faced off, but Wales did not garner a single mention.
Scotland was discussed however and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf said it was a “democratic outrage” that his party wasn’t involved in the debate to answer Boris Johnson’s claims that they and Labour would form a post-election deal.
A YouGov poll after the debate projected that 49% of the audience thought Jeremy Corbyn had won, with 51% favouring Boris Johnson.
Plaid Cymru said that it was “shameful” that neither had mentioned Wales once.
“Shamefully, although not surprisingly Wales failed to get a single mention in this deeply depressing debate, between the two establishment party leaders,” Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts said.
“Their Westminster-centric, out-of-touch soundbites contrasted with the vision, passion and optimism of Adam Price, who himself was interviewed live on BBC an hour before.
“If the people of Wales needed any more proof that they need to elect MPs from the only party that put’s Wales’s interest first, tonight was it. It is only by electing Plaid Cymru MPs will Westminster wake up to the fact that our nation exists.”
Speaking for the Liberal Democrats, Tom Brake said it was “outrageous” that the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson wasn’t there.
He said his party was “in the business of stopping Brexit” and he regretted that the 16 million people who voted to remain in 2016 were “not represented” in the debate.