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Count Me In For TV Debates, Says Cameron
David Cameron has told Sky News he is ready to take part in TV debates ahead of the next general election but wants them to happen earlier.
The Prime Minister also indicated he would not be happy for UKIP leader Nigel Farage to be involved in the clashes, despite the eurosceptic party's surge in popularity.
Mr Cameron said there would be "negotiation" about how the debates would be organised but when asked if he would commit to being involved, he said: "You certainly can."
His declaration comes after both Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband said they were ready to participate, piling pressure on the Prime Minister to also sign up.
Mr Cameron said: "I hope they go ahead ... I think TV debates are a great thing and I look forward to taking part.
"My only contribution to this debate is that now we have a five-year fixed parliament, we can start the debates before the election campaign.
"I felt last time, excellent though they were, they took all the life out of the rest of the campaign.
"All those special parts of an election campaign - the regional tours, getting out and meeting people in the country, those big set-piece interviews, they rather lost some of their lustre."
The Prime Minister dismissed the idea of Mr Farage being included in the showdowns, which were broadcast by Sky News, the BBC and ITV in 2010.
"These debates should be about people who have a prospect of being prime minister - that is what people really want to see: what would the Government do," he said.
There is still no official confirmation that the clashes will be repeated but with all three main party leaders' pledging to take part, it appears likely.
In the last general election campaign, Mr Clegg enjoyed a surge in support after debating with Mr Cameron and Gordon Brown although his popularity did not translate at the ballot box.
Mr Miliband would be taking part for the first time after winning the Labour leadership contest later in 2010.