Londoners want minority parties in TV election debate

A recent YouGov poll shows over 50% of Londoners surveyed want minority parties participating in any TV election debate.

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They were asked: ‘If the TV debates between the political leaders do go ahead, which leaders do you think should be included in the debate?’.

The survey conducted between 19-21 January asked people  to choose from 7 preferences (including a ‘Don’t Know’ option).

Each option ranged from 2 to 7 party leaders going head-to-head.

The 7 party leaders option received 30% and proved most popular.

This choice would include David Cameron (Conservative party), Ed Miliband (Labour party), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democratic party), Nigel Farage (UKIP), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) and Natalie Bennett (Green party).

The second favourite, which 21% voted for, would see 5 leaders battling one another (excluding Scottish and Welsh nationalist parties).

The least popular options, which both received 5%, were David Cameron debating with Ed Miliband, and ‘having a selection of different political leaders’.

Prime Minister David Cameron has stressed the need to include other political parties from Northern Ireland.

The BBC and ITV have since announced plans for a separate TV debate to take place in Northern Ireland, which would include political parties in the province.


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