Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has challenged Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to a debate in Witney about the upcoming by-election and state of the nation.
Farron’s move comes after an academic study of the televised debates that took place during the last general election campaign found that they had an overwhelmingly positive effect on voter engagement.
The research, by Leeds University, found that the debates increased viewers’ interest in politics by 30 per cent; almost half of those who tuned in said they were “not very interested” beforehand.
"The Prime Minister became Conservative leader without facing a single TV debate and Jeremy Corbyn has called for a leaders debate.
"I'm challenging both of them to come to Witney and debate the by-election, Brexit, the economy, foreign affairs and what kind of society we want to build.
"Only the Liberal Democrats have a plan on Brexit, are talking about proper funding for the NHS and are working to deal with the housing crisis"
That’s why the Liberal Democrats are needed more than ever. We are the real voice of opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.