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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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Digital debate offers to meet Cameron's deadline

David Cameron wants a seven party debate. Credit: PA

The organisers of a live online debate for party leaders in the run up to the General Election have offered to hold it before David Cameron's deadline.

Previously, the Prime Minister has said he will only take part in debates before March 30, when the election campaign trail starts.

Telegraph Media Group - which publishes the the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Google, which owns YouTube - have invited the leaders to a digital debate on March 26 or 27.

However, they have only asked five party leaders to take part including Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Natalie Bennett and Nigel Farage.

Cameron has indicated he would only take part in TV debates if the SNP and Plaid Cymru were included.

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