Johnson backs Sky News' election TV debate campaign

By Alix Culbertson, political reporter
Boris Johnson has given his backing to Sky News' Make Debates Happen campaign, which aims to make TV set-pieces a permanent fixture of general elections.
The former foreign secretary not only called the debates "essential", but also said there should be as many of them as possible.He told Sky News' deputy political editor Beth Rigby: "I think for all politicians, the thought of a leadership debate is always a bit daunting because you think 'I might screw it up, I might say something terrible and it could go wrong for me'.
Johnson backs Sky News' election TV debate campaign

Boris Johnson told Sky News' Beth Rigby he thinks there should be multiple leaders' debates
"My feeling is that they are essential and the public does need to see interchange between their potential leaders and I think the way for politicians to allay their worries about leadership debates is to have as many of them as possible."So, you can make a cock-up in one and say something sensible in the next."That's the way to do it and I certainly support Sky's campaign to have an independent, sort of American-style, commission to make sure we get it right."

Johnson backs Sky News' election TV debate campaign

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Sky News is calling for an Independent Leaders' Debate Commission to oversee and organise election debates

Sky News launched an online petition calling for an Independent Leaders' Debates Commission (LDC) to moderate and ensure objectivity at head-to-head debates between leaders of the main political parties.Mr Johnson is the most prominent Tory to support the campaign, after Amber Rudd and Nicky Morgan gave their backing.Theresa May - who refused to take part in a leaders' debate in 2015 - would not say whether she backed the campaign.
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