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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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Farage accepts invitation to take part in live online debate

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has accepted a proposal by the Telegraph, Guardian, and YouTube to take part in an live online debate to be streamed at the end of March.

In a statement, the Ukip leader said: "Scrutiny is an important part of democracy, and for this reason I am delighted to accept the invitation to this debate, so that I can make the case to the British electorate on why they should vote UKIP.

"I hope that the Prime Minister will muster up the courage to stand by his own words, and show up to try and defend his record in government.

"Mr Cameron has failed on nearly every pledge he made to the British public in 2010, and it is evident he’s afraid of butting heads with UKIP on immigration, the EU, our NHS, defence, education policy and more.”

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