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George Osborne backs PM's multi-party debate call

By David Hughes

All the "minor parties" should be involved in TV debates ahead of the general election or they should not go ahead, George Osborne said as he defended David Cameron's stance that the Green Party must be represented.

The Prime Minister has been accused of being "chicken" after he said he ruled out taking part if Green leader Natalie Bennett was left out of the debates.

Ed Miliband and Ukip leader Nigel Farage were quick to accuse Mr Cameron of "running scared".

The pair also mocked the Prime Minister after it emerged he would not take part in an online question and answer session with young voters - something that Mr Miliband, Mr Farage, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Ms Bennett have all done.

Under plans for the TV debates agreed by the major broadcasters in October, the Prime Minister would take on not only the Labour leader and Liberal Democrat's Nick Clegg, but Mr Farage as well.

In comments seized on by the SNP, which has six MPs and is expecting more, the Chancellor said: "If you are going to have the minor parties, you have got to have all the minor parties with a presence in Parliament who attract votes at elections."

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