Cam cool on TV debates
David Cameron has hinted that he may not support televised debates between party leaders at the next general election.
Speaking to a press gallery lunch this afternoon Mr Cameron said: “I haven't made my mind up exactly what we should do but I am in favour of these debates. My reflection on last time was that they did take all the life out of the campaign."
"The press and all of us were interested in the run-up to the debate, the debate and the post-debate analysis, not the rest of the campaign, which I really enjoy.” He added: "I think we could learn from last time. I have got an open mind and there is still two and a half years to go before we have to really think about it.”
It comes after Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps indicated that the Tories were wavering on the issue. Speaking to The Times last month, he said: "I had very mixed feelings about the leaders’ debates last time round. It may or may not have made a difference."
Many commentators felt that it was a strategic mistake from the Conservatives to agree to the TV debates in the 2010 elections because they gave extra prominence to Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.
Lynton Crosby, who was recently hired by the Conservatives to run their next election campaign, is reported to have been opposed to the 2010 debates and from the outset.