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