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Miliband: Tories pose 'danger' to business with EU plans

Ed Miliband has warned that Tory plans to hold a referendum on Britain's membership with the European Union pose a "clear and present danger" to jobs and prosperity.

Ed Miliband will outline his fears for business if an EU referendum is held in 2017. Credit: PA Wire

The Labour leader will use the first day of the official campaign period to warn that David Cameron's plans for a referendum in 2017 will lead to "two years of uncertainty".

In a speech at Bloomberg in London today, Mr Miliband will say businesses will face years of "chaos" and will be left unable to plan for the future if the the Tories win power on May 7 and the referendum goes ahead.

Miliband will say that his party will not "condemn this country to years of uncertainty, years of insecurity, by threatening our European future".

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Miliband 'caught up in rough and tumble' with protesters

The Labour Party has admitted that Ed Miliband was caught up in "campaign rough and tumble" involving demonstrators yesterday - but denied claims its leader was punched in the chest.

Miliband arriving for last night's programme. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The alleged incident was "shrugged off" by Miliband after taking place in London yesterday morning, the party said.

The Mirror had reported that around six demonstrators had surrounded the opposition leader.

The paper cited an activist who claimed: "Ed had to push his way through them to get into the car. It was over very quickly but it was shocking."

Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron later appeared separately on television for a live question-and-answer session.

Broadcasters 'threatening politicians in illegal fashion'

Lord Grade has alleged that broadcasters are threatening politicians "in an illegal fashion" over the TV debates.

The former BBC and ITV chairman told ITV News that he had become "appalled" by the wrangling over the debates.

Asked if he stood by comments he made in January that no leader should have the right to prevent the debates, the Tory peer told Chris Ship: "No I don't, I think that was wrong - if there is no consensus there shouldn't be any debates."

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Broadcasters say TV debates 'are what people want'

The first TV debate was screened in 2010. Credit: ITV News

A joint statement issued by ITV, the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 says they are trying to deliver TV debates between party leaders "because we know our audiences want them."

It added: "In 2010 they were watched by more than 20 million people and our research suggests there is an appetite for them in 2015.

"We have issued invitations to seven party leaders and we continue to hope they will all agree to take part."

The comment was issued after former BBC and ITV chairman Lord Grade accused broadcasters of 'bullying' David Cameron over his reluctance to take part in what they have proposed.

Miliband: PM's excuses not to debate are 'pathetic and feeble'

Ed Miliband branded David Cameron's excuses not to engage in TV debates before the General Election as "feeble and pathetic".

There has also been a suggestion of a five-way leader online debate to solve Cameron and Miliband's "stalemate" position.

ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports.

Farage accepts invitation to take part in live online debate

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has accepted a proposal by the Telegraph, Guardian, and YouTube to take part in an live online debate to be streamed at the end of March.

In a statement, the Ukip leader said: "Scrutiny is an important part of democracy, and for this reason I am delighted to accept the invitation to this debate, so that I can make the case to the British electorate on why they should vote UKIP.

"I hope that the Prime Minister will muster up the courage to stand by his own words, and show up to try and defend his record in government.

"Mr Cameron has failed on nearly every pledge he made to the British public in 2010, and it is evident he’s afraid of butting heads with UKIP on immigration, the EU, our NHS, defence, education policy and more.”

Cameron tells Miliband 'we've been debating for four years'

David Cameron has shot down Ed Miliband in the row over TV debates saying that's what the pair have been doing for the last four years.

His comments come after Miliband again asked Cameron when he would go head-to-head with him.

Accusing Cameron of making "pathetic, feeble excuses", the Labour leader said: "Can we now take it that there are no circumstances that he will debate me head-to-head between now and the General Election?"

To which the Prime Minister replied: "We've had four years of debates and we've found out he's got no policies, he's got no plan and he's got no clue of running the country."

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