William Hague has claimed Ed Miliband is only calling for a television debate with David Cameron out of desperation to stop the election slipping away from him.
The Commons leader faced down MPs' anger over the Prime Minister's "indefensible" and "craven" refusal to debate one on one with the Labour leader, stressing that former prime minister Tony Blair refused to do so altogether.
Hague hit back, "I think, of what the leader of the Opposition was saying yesterday when he was calling for a debate, which means 'I am desperate because the election is slipping away from me and I have nothing else to ask about at all'. That is the translation of that."
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