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Boris Johnson explains why he refused to attend the Channel 4 debate
29 November 2019, 10:51 | Updated: 29 November 2019, 10:57
The Prime Minister has insisted the Conservatives are committed to tackling climate change, despite refusing to appear in a TV leaders debate on the subject last night.
Taking part in an hour-long phone-in here on LBC, Boris Johnson said he simply didn't have time to appear in every debate.
A Conservative voter asked the Conservative leader: "What can you say to me today when you can't even debate climate change last night."
But Mr Johnson insisted: "I've done plenty of debates. I can't do absolutely everything. I'm here talking to Nick and I'm doing a press conference later on."
Nick asked why he took so long to head to Yorkshire after the floods and why he took so long to convene COBRA.
Mr Johnson responded: "On the flooding, my sympathies are absolutely with everyone who experienced flooding in the Doncaster area, in Derbyshire and elsewhere.
"We did a huge amount and stand to do even more."
Referring to the Channel 4 debate, in which he was replaced by a melting ice sculpture are he decided not to attend, he added: "I didn't see the debate, but it's notable that people have talked more about that than any of the substance that came out of the debate. I think that's a shame.
"What we want to do is be a world leader in climate change."
The Prime Minister also denied claims that he would be reviewing Channel 4's public service remit following the stunt.