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ITV News poll: PM has damaged his reputation over TV debates

David Cameron has damaged his reputation by trying to avoid TV debates with other leaders, according to a new ComRes poll for ITV News.

The poll found 64% of people agreed with this statement. However, nearly half (46%) said the debates would make no difference to the way they vote in this year's General Election.

The results come as Lord Grade, a former chairman of ITV and the BBC, told Chris Ship that the broadcasters are threatening politicians "in an illegal fashion" over the debates.

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Cameron 'will not change opinion' on leaders' debates

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not change his mind on the ongoing issue over whether the leaders' debates will go ahead.

Responding to a question from ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship, Mr Cameron said he was trying to "break the logjam" between his party and broadcasters, but said he would stick to his guns with his offer for one single leaders' debate before the main election campaigning begins.

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