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Johnson Replaced by Ice Sculpture in TV Debate

Reuters

Podiums reserved for Mr Johnson and the Brexit Party's Nigel Farage have been replaced by ice sculptures which are melting in the studio while five other leaders - from Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens, Plaid Cymru and the SNP - set out their positions on the climate emergency, Sky News reports.

The Tories have written to Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, to claim Channel 4's decision is in breach of the Broadcasting Code.

Channel 4 says it invited all party leaders to the studio debate and that the Brexit Party and the Conservatives failed to put up their leaders.

The Tories say they offered Michael Gove - the party's former environment secretary - and said there was precedent for senior party figures standing in for leaders during debates. At a BBC debate during the 2017 campaign, Amber Rudd represented the Conservatives instead of Theresa May.

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