Labour issues challenge to Cameron over TV debates

Labour has challenged David Cameron to confirm that he will attend the TV leaders debates.

In a letter to Grant Shapps after the dates were confirmed Douglas Alexander confirmed Labour leader Ed Miliband will take part.

You will now be aware that broadcasters have today decided – after the drawing of lots – that the head-to-head leaders’ debate between Mr Cameron and Mr Miliband will take place on April 30, just seven days before the General Election.

I am happy to confirm on Mr Miliband’s behalf that he will turn up to debate Mr Cameron on 30th April.

Can you today confirm that Mr Cameron will be there too?

Failure to answer this question will lead many to conclude that you and Mr Cameron are reluctant to give the British people the chance to make up their own minds.

The broadcasters have set the date. The invitation is in the post. The only question remaining is whether David Cameron is willing to go head-to-head with Ed Miliband.

– Douglas Alexander, Chair of Labour’s General Election Strategy