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article imageSpeculation emerges in UK election debates

By Alex Veeneman     May 4, 2014 in World
London - A spokesperson for British Prime Minister David Cameron has said nothing has been ruled out when it comes to 2015 general election debates.
The remarks come in response to a report from the Sunday Times newspaper, which suggests Cameron would be open in a debate with the leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, according to a report from the BBC.
The report quotes a 2-3-5 format drawn up by Cameron's aides — the first being a debate between Cameron and the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, the second that would include Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, and the third that would include Farage and the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett.
In a statement, according to the BBC report, the spokesperson said talks had not begun on the subject.
"It is speculation on what might happen in talks that are not going to happen for several months," the spokesperson said according to the BBC. "We have not ruled anything in or out, so that means people can speculate what might happen in the talks. But the reality is these talks are several months away."
Separately, a Downing Street source told The Guardian newspaper that talks on the debates did not need to begin until the autumn.
Farage, speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, in remarks cited by The Guardian, said he had some concerns as to whether he would be allowed in the debate.
"Until you read the small print and then it doesn't really make a promise like that at all," Farage said. "No I think what David Cameron does very often is he makes these promises, vague promises, and then doesn't actually deliver afterwards. I don't think he's got any intention of allowing me into any of these debates."
Miliband, who was also interviewed by Marr, said it was up to the broadcasters organizing the debates as to whether Farage was invited.
"My main desire is that the debates go ahead," Miliband said. "The prime minister doesn't own these debates, the British people own these debates and he can't wriggle out of them."
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