Friday, 08 November 2019 16:14

SNP COMMENT ON BBC TV DEBATE FORMAT

Ian Blackford has said the BBC’s decision to exclude the SNP from one of a key televised election debate is “senseless” and defies democracy.
 

Last week, a poll by YouGov found 53% of voters want the SNP to be included, compared to just 10% who support plans to restrict the debates to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. While 73% of those polled in Scotland want the SNP to be invited - with just 5% wanting to restrict the debates to the Tories and Labour.
 
Commenting, the SNP’s Ian Blackford said:
 
“This is the most important election in living memory but the BBC have made the decision to short change voters in Scotland, and across the UK, by restricting the focus of these debates to just two parties.
 
“The SNP is the third largest party at Westminster, the governing party in Scotland and on course to hold the balance of power in the aftermath of this election.  The result could determine not just the UK’s relationship with the EU but also the course of Scotland’s relationship with the UK - making it all the more crucial that the SNP are fully included in the debates.
 
“Our politics has moved on from the two-party-system of decades ago, so it’s disappointing that the final debate will exclude the SNP in favour of the Westminster establishment.  The BBC still have time to rethink this frankly senseless proposal – if they don’t they’ll be letting Scotland down.
 
“Demands from the Lib Dems – one of parliament’s smallest parties, to be included in the head-to-head debate, without recognising the right of the SNP as the UK’s largest anti-Brexit party, are frankly laughable and evidence of how undemocratic the party have become.
 
“It’s time the Westminster establishment stopped running scared. The SNP are ready to take on the Tories and Labour anytime, anyplace.”

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