Prime Minister Theresa May rules out participating in TV debates ahead of her snap election

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Prime Minister Theresa May has scotched any hopes of her participating in TV debates ahead of her snap election in just over six weeks.

May will today call on MPs to back her plan for an 8 June election, but this morning she ruled out participating in any live TV debates with her rivals ahead of the vote.

Three party leaders took part in televised head-to-head events ahead of the 2010 election, while both the 2015 vote and the Brexit referendum saw a variety of formats.

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, May said she preferred "to get out and about and meet voters".

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has responded by calling the decision "rather strange".

“I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership: come on and show some. Let’s have the debates. It's what democracy needs and what the British people deserve," he said.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said the live events should go ahead without the Prime Minister.

MPs will vote this afternoon on May's motion, with discussions in the House of Commons set to begin shortly after Prime Minister's Questions.

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