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Corbyn is afraid of TV showdown, says No.10

Wrangling: Jeremy Corbyn PICTURE: ITV/PA

JEREMY CORBYN has been accused of ‘running scared’ from a Brexit TV showdown with Theresa May, amid continued wrangling over the format.

The Labour leader said he was prepared to accept No.10’s preference for a debate on the BBC, provided it was a straight head-to-head discussion. He previously supported an ITV proposal which did not include questions from a panel.

However, No. 10 said a number of Mr Corbyn’s ‘demands’ had been accommodated, adding that, if he doesn’t accept the format: ‘The public will rightly conclude he’s running scared.’

The debate is set for Sunday, two days before the Commons vote on the Brexit deal.