Amber Rudd to represent Tories in BBC general election debate : The Guardian

Home secretary to take part in programme with party leaders after Theresa May refuses to face cameras.

Home secretary Amber Rudd is to represent the Conservatives in a live TV general election debate with leaders of some of the other parties, after Theresa May refused to take part.

Labour has yet to confirm who it will send to take part in the BBC election debate in Cambridge between 7.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday 31 May.

But aides have previously said that leader Jeremy Corbyn will only join debates if the prime minister is also present.

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, Ukip’s leader Paul Nuttall, Plaid Cymru’s leader Leanne Wood and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas will line up in the seven-way clash, alongside Scottish National party’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson.

Rudd was considered to have performed well appearing for the remain side in TV debates in the EU referendum, when she accused pro-Brexit colleague Boris Johnson of “misleading the public” and said: “The only number that Boris is interested in is the one that says Number 10.”



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