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Broadcasters have said plans for three TV debates before the general election will go ahead, despite David Cameron saying he will only take part in one.
Two of these are scheduled to include seven party leaders with a head-to-head between David Cameron and Ed Miliband.
The broadcasters have urged Mr Cameron to reconsider his decision only to appear in one seven-way encounter.
David Cameron has said he will not take part in the one-on-one encounter with Ed Miliband, which is due to take place on April 30, a week before the election.
The prime minister has said the negotiations over the debates has been "chaotic" and that his "final offer" is to appear in one debate before 30 March - alongside six other party leaders - ahead of the campaign.
do you really still believe the illusion that politics provides while essentially solving none of the problems it was set out to do?
do you really still vote and/or have any reasonable and/or logical expectation that the "promises" made to you when you cast your vote have any worth after the vote and or have any real effect or influence on future policy and decision-making regardless of the party you personally voted for?
Downing Street described the announcement as “disappointing”, and said it was willing to discuss the logistics of Cameron’s proposal to take part in one, seven-way debate before the campaign begins.
With neither side backing down, it appeared increasingly likely that Cameron would be “empty chaired”.
Come on @David_Cameron you haven't got your own way so accept it and take part.
Where did this 'televised debate' thingy come from anyway?
In Parliament in 2008, after the US presidential contest between Barack Obama and John McCain, David Cameron challenged Gordon Brown.
"There is no doubt that one of the reasons the American elections have caught people's imagination is because of the live television debates between the contenders," said Cameron. Didn't the prime minister agree that the time had come for such election debates in Britain?