Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tories Riled After Iceblock Replaces U.K. PM in Climate Debate

Tories Riled After Iceblock Replaces U.K. PM in Climate Debate

Referring to the Channel 4 debate, in which he was replaced by a melting ice sculpture are he decided not to attend, he added: "I didn't see the debate, but it's notable that people have talked more about that than any of the substance that came out of the debate".

A Tory source was also quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: "If we are re-elected, we will have to review Channel 4's public service broadcasting obligations".

A row has kicked-off between the Tory Party and United Kingdom commercial PSB Channel 4, with the Tories accusing the broadcaster of "conspiring" with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to block them from a TV leaders' debate in the run-up to the December 12th General Election.

Commenting on Johnson's refusal to take part in the debate, Ben De Pear, editor of Channel 4 News said ice sculptures are a "visual metaphor" for the missing poltician.

The Conservatives sent former Environment Secretary Michael Gove to take part - accompanied by his own film crew - but he was turned away as he was not the party leader.

The news subsequently went viral and the hashtag #BorisJohnsonIsAMelt is now trending on Twitter.

The news program had asked the leaders of the key political parties to take part in the debate ahead of the December 12 election but Johnson and Brexit Party head Nigel Farage chose not to attend.

On behalf of the Conservative Party, chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak is taking part in tonight's debate.

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But Mr Johnson appeared to distance himself from such a move, telling LBC he would do all he could to "protect and enshrine" a free press - which he described as "one of the glories of the country".

"It has even been reported that Channel 4 has commissioned an ice sculpture of the Prime Minister to represent the Conservative Party".

The PM - who was interviewed by Mr Neil during the Conservative leadership election in July - told LBC the public was more interested in his vision and plans for the country rather than which programmes he appeared on. Participating in the programme were Jeremy Corbyn, for the Labour Party, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, as well as Plaid Cymru's Adam Price and the Green Party's Sian Berry.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused the Prime Minister of "running scared" of being interviewed by Mr Neil.

Meanwhile, Labour has published 60 questions it wants Boris Johnson to answer, including on sexism, the NHS, Brexit and media scrutiny.

A BBC Question Time Leaders' Special was then held on November 22, featuring Mr Johnson, Mr Corbyn, Ms Swinson and Ms Sturgeon.

The BBC issued an extraordinary ultimatum to the Prime Minister today by refusing to allow him to appear on the Andrew Marr show tomorrow unless Downing Street confirms a time for Mr Johnson to be interviewed by broadcaster Andrew Neil.

Yes. A Channel 4 election debate on the economy was scrapped amid claims from the Labour Party and SNP that Chancellor Sajid Javid was "running scared".

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