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Greens protest at being kept out of Northern Ireland leaders' debate

By Noel McAdam

The Green Party has issued a formal complaint against the BBC over its exclusion from a leaders' debate two days before the Assembly election.

Green NI leader Steven Agnew said: "There is a clear bias against non-traditional parties on the part of the BBC and I am disappointed that a publicly funded organisation does not see fit to accurately represent Northern Ireland's political landscape in its programming, particularly as part of its election coverage."

But a BBC spokesperson said: "Under our electoral guidelines, relative coverage given to each party is determined by performance in past elections and other relevant trends or evidence of current electoral support."

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