The Green Party, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru have joined forces to urge the BBC to re-examine its decision to exclude “minor” parties from live televised debates in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
The calls come after an online petition with over 217,000 signatories protested against the BBC’s decision not to include the Green Party in live election debates.
In their joint letter, the three parties, backed by crossbenchers, call on the BBC to include a broader range of political opinion in the debates, citing “clear public support” for more diverse debates.
In October it was proposed that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) would join the three dominant parties, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour, in a debate featuring the four party leaders – PM David Cameron for the Tories, Nick Clegg for the Liberal Democrats, Opposition leader Ed Miliband for the Labour party and Nigel Farage for UKIP.
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