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19 April 2017, 18:06
Michael Grade says empty chairing May is "unacceptable"
The former chairman of the BBC and executive director of ITV strongly opposes the idea of ‘empty chairing’ Theresa May.
The Conservatives say May will not take part in a party leaders debate. It’s been suggested she should be ‘empty chaired’ as a result.
Lord Grade told Iain Dale such a move “crosses a line”.
“I think it would be completely unacceptable, irrespective of which party was in power.
“It would be a hugely arrogant mistake to empty chair a Prime Minister. You empty chair villains who refuse to come on and answer for their misdemeanours, you don’t empty chair a duly elected politician. “
The Conservative peer said the broadcasters need to remember their place when it comes to politics.
“The broadcaster’s job is to report the election, not manage it.”