Prime Minister Boris Johnson was replaced with an ice sculpture at the leaders’ election debate on climate change last night after he failed to show up.
Former Environment Secretary Michael Gove offered to take his place but Channel 4, which hosted the debate, said the invitation was only for leaders of political parties.
Speaking to reporters after being refused to take part in the debate, Mr Gove said: “I talked to the editor of Channel 4 News and he said ‘No’. And I asked him if he would ask all of the other party leaders if I could take part in the debate and very generously, he did. But he reported back to me that every other party had said no.”
— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) November 28, 2019
The Conservative Party has complained to Ofcom’s Election Committee, accusing the broadcaster of breaking its duty to be impartial.
The Editor of Channel 4 tweeted a photograph of Mr Gove and Mr Johnson trying to “argue their way on to the programme”.
Ben de Pear tweeted: “In a last ditch attempt @BorisJohnson has sent his two wing men best friend @michaelgove and dad Stanley Johnson to argue their way into a programme intended only for leaders. they were lovely and charming but neither are the leader #climatedebate.”
An ice sculpture was also placed to replace Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage after he declined to attend too.
These two ice sculptures – which represent the emergency on planet earth – will take the place of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage tonight after they declined our invitation to attend a party leaders' #ClimateDebate
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) November 28, 2019
The energy and climate policies set out by the political parties if they win the general election are as follows: