General Election debate: Jo Swinson to appear in Sky debate after ITV snub – but NO Farage

The pro-European party’s first female leader, who took over from Sir Vince Cable this year, had hit out at ITV for excluding her from their debate. Sky News has proposed the debate for Thursday November 28. The network had originally planned to include only the prime minister and Mr Corbyn.

Announcing the line-up on their website, Sky noticeably left out Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. 

The Lib Dems have threatened to take legal action against ITV if Ms Swinson is not allowed to appear on their general election leaders’ televised debate, scheduled for November 19. 

Ms Swinson has said if she is not on the stage, the Remain vote would not be represented. 

She also pointed out that there would be no woman present to tackle the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. 

Responding to Sky’s invitation, Ms Swinson took to Twitter to publicly challenge both Mr Johnson and the Labour leader to face her on live TV. 

She said: “I’m in. Will you show up @BorisJohnson and @jeremycorbyn? #DebateHer”. 

Earlier, a clearly frustrated Ms Swinson said if Mr Johnson and Mr Coryn shied away from debating her it suggested that “they are sexist or they are scared or possibly both”. 

She also accused the two men of being part of an “establishment stitch-up”. 

This is a breaking news story and is being updated. 

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