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Stanley Johnson: 'Sad' that PM's absence clouded climate debate

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Two ice sculptures appeared at the podium instead of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage

Referring to the Channel 4 debate, in which he was replaced by a melting ice sculpture are he decided not to attend, he added: "I didn't see the debate, but it's notable that people have talked more about that than any of the substance that came out of the debate".

Nigel Farage from the Brexit Party was also represented by an ice sculpture of the earth bearing his party's logo after he failed to attend.

Under the proposal, first reported by BuzzFeed News, the party would "look at whether its remit should be better focused so it is serving the public in the best way possible".

The Conservative Party said it offered to have Environment Secretary Michael Gove take part in the programme.

Before the debate, the editor of Channel 4 News, Ben de Pear, tweeted a picture of Mr Gove and the Prime Minister's father Stanley Johnson, who were both at the studio.

"This effectively seeks to deprive the Conservative Party of any representation and attendance at the Channel 4 News debate".

Instead, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson's father, Stanley, turned up at Channel 4 headquarters, with Mr Gove asking to be included in the debate. The broadcaster also explained its decision not to allow Michael Gove to take part in the debate, saying he was "not the party leader".

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson wrote to Ofcom's chief executive Sharon White, urging her to "call out this meddling", adding: "This campaign, Boris Johnson has banned the Daily Mirror from its battle bus, ducked the Andrew Neil interview and now attempted to bully Channel 4". Because he knows that Andrew Neil will take him apart.

Labour has published 60 questions regarding issues such as sexism, the NHS, Brexit and media scrutiny that they want the prime minister to answer, with shadow chancellor John McDonnell saying that putting himself forward for questioning in the public eye a "matter of honour" for Johnson.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to commit to an interview with the BBC's veteran journalist, despite the fact that Mr Corbyn and Ms Sturgeon have faced a grilling from him in recent days and other party leaders are confirmed to sit down with him next week. "He's running scared. But even if he does it now, he's played you because he pushing it later and later beyond the postal vote returns".

But two leading judges ruled the decision was not open to challenge in the courts and that the parties' only recourse was to complain to Ofcom.

"And so what he's doing now is he's avoiding, he's running scared".

However, Mr Johnson suggested this was not the case in an interview with LBC. The BBC, which will broadcast a head-to-head debate between Johnson and Corbyn on December 6, plans to broadcast another debate tonight between representatives of the seven parties standing candidates.

The debate is being hosted on BBC One from 7pm.

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