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  • 4 April 2014, 16:06

David Cameron Repeats Backing For TV Debates

David Cameron has reiterated he is in favour of having television debates before the next election in 2015.

The Prime Minister told Sky News he continued to support the idea he agreed to before the last General Election in 2010.

"I think they're very useful," he said. "What I've said is that I think last time they rather overtook and swallowed up the rest of the campaign.

"So let's look at maybe - now we've got fixed-term parliaments - starting a bit earlier.

"But our teams will get into talks and we should get on with that in the autumn."

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have both said they will take part.

Mr Cameron has previously indicated UKIP leader Nigel Farage- whose party is in third place in the polls ahead of the Lib Dems- should not take part.

Three separate debates were broadcast by Sky News, the BBC and ITV before polling day four years ago.

Mr Clegg enjoyed an unparalleled surge in support after debating Mr Cameron and the then Labour leader Gordon Brown for the first time.

One poll had him as the most popular party leader since Winston Churchill.

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