TV channels have a duty to 'empty-chair' Theresa May if she doesn't show up

Surely TV political leaders’ debates are simply hustings at large? An opportunity to reach a huge audience. Nerve-wracking for candidates, I’m sure, but if they’re sure of their ground they have a golden opportunity to defend their cause.

It does, however, depend on the TV company being scrupulously even handed in making sure that each party is represented and each candidate is given equal opportunity to have their say.

Given that, why is the PM refusing to take part? Does she doubt the above?

Patrick Wise
​Cirencester

“Empty-chairing” May if she does not turn up to the debates is definitely the thing to

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