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Jeremy Corbyn: PM refuses to defend record in TV debates

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned Theresa May's refusal to take part in televised election debates ahead of the General Election.

Speaking during a heated PMQs in the Commons, Mr Corbyn said his party "welcome" the election, but said "this is a Prime Minster who promised there wouldn't be one."

He added: "[The Prime Minster] says it's about leadership yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates.

"If she's so proud of her record, why won't she debate it?"

In reply, Theresa May said: "I have been answering his questions and debating these matters every Wednesday since Parliament has been sitting since I became Prime Minister."

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Iain Wright MP will not seek re-election

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Iain Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool, has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

In a tweet he said it had been 'an enormous privilege' to serve his home town.

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How EU leaders are reacting to call for general election

The Prime Minister called for an early general election on Tuesday just weeks after starting the formal process of Britain leaving the EU, causing exasperation amongst some EU leaders.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates says the impact of the announcement will result in split reactions, welcomed by business owners but criticised as wasting Brexit negotiating time by others.

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