Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price to take part in multi-party ITV leaders’ debate

Adam Price: Picture by Plaid Cymru (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has been invited to take part in a televised leaders’ debate on ITV with other national party leaders, hosted by Julie Etchingham.

He will be the only Welsh party leader represented at the multi-party debate which is expected to include the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Greens and Brexit Party.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, leaders of the Conservative and Labour parties, will take part in a separate leader’s debate on 19 November.

Plaid Cymru said that its leader Adam Price would be putting forward his party’s “positive message for the future of Wales” in the debate.

 

‘Show’

However, the party also said it was “peculiar” that the Conservative and Labour leaders would get their own head-to-head debate.

“Plaid Cymru is looking forward to our leader Adam Price putting forward our positive message about the future of Wales in ITV’s televised leaders’ debate,” a Plaid Cymru spokesperson said.

“We’re going into this election as Wales’ leading Remain party and the only party that always puts Wales first. Our message to voters is simple: back Wales, back Plaid Cymru.

“It has to be said, though, that it’s slightly peculiar that Johnson and Corbyn will get their own head-to-head debate – when it’s parties like Plaid Cymru who are most likely to hold the balance of power in parliament after the election.

“It should also be said that a head-to-head debate between two Brexiteers won’t be much of a show.”

The Liberal Democrats also criticised the decision to leave their leader Jo Swinson out of the head-to-head between Corbyn and Johnson.

“This is a cosy stitch up between the two establishment party leaders to try to shut out the woman leader of the strongest party of Remain,” they said.

“They’re running scared, but we aren’t going to let them get away.”

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David Roberts
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David Roberts

Will he be telling viewers to vote Lib Dems???

Daniel Cavanagh
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Daniel Cavanagh

You have to accept the reality that Plaid Cymru can’t win in most seats this election, even if you want them to win

PC will only stand aside in seats where they have no hope of winning anyway

And so PC will actually have a stronger performance this election due to less competition. They are more likely to get extra seats. It’s a good thing for them

David Roberts
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David Roberts

Dream on, they will get battered! !

Anthony Mitchell
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Anthony Mitchell

You really think Boris and his brexit bum buddy farage will win, dream on. They are liars and snakes, grass has been cut and we can see them for the slivering, sleazy serpents that they are.

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

People don’t think Boris is funny anymore.
What’s on his menu? A bit fat nothingburger.

Steve Duggan
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Steve Duggan

It’s a shame the media is still seeing this election as a two horse event allowing the Tories and Labour to debate on their own. The chances of another hung Parliament are high as this election will see the normal lines dividing politics not followed due to Brexit. So all parties should debate together.

pete
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pete

There should be no place for small parties with only a coupleof hundred thousand votes in a UK debate.

Ernie The Smallholder
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Ernie The Smallholder

An exclusion of smaller parties is the 1st step towards the fascist system operating in the USA.
Bernie Sanders and the Green party of the USA were shut out of the debates by their media.

In a real democracy, small parties combined votes may well total the majority of votes cast.