40,000 back Sky petition for TV election debates

More than 40,000 people have signed a petition calling for an independent commission to ensure TV debates become a regular fixture of UK elections.
The level of support means the government is required to respond to the petition, which was set up as part of Sky News' Make Debates Happen campaign.The Leaders' Debate Commission would set the criteria for party participation, the objectivity of the audience, the debate formats and dates, plus the rules and the moderators.

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

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, former Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson and ex-home secretary Amber Rudd are among those prominent politicians to have already backed the campaign.All SNP MPs have also given their support, while ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, the Electoral Reform Society, former head of BBC News James Harding, businessman Theo Paphitis and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop are also in favour of an independent commission.
Politicians back Sky debates campaign
Following Sky News successfully lobbying for TV debates in the 2010 election campaign, three head-to-head clashes were held between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Mr Clegg.Since then broadcasters and politicians have failed to agree on terms and there were no head-to-head debates between the leaders of the main parties in the 2015 or 2017 general election campaigns.


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Find out how many have signed the petition in each UK constituency

Prime Minister Theresa May, who did not appear in any televised debates prior to last year's snap general election, has refused to say whether she backs the campaign.
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