Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patel Says PM 'Doesn't Need to Face Boris and Gove on TV'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patel Says PM 'Doesn't Need to Face Boris and Gove on TV'

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Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent

TOP Brexiteer Priti Patel today broke ranks by saying it is unnecessary for David Cameron to go head-to-head in a live EU debate with rivals Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

Despite fellow Leave campaigners trying to push the Prime Minister into facing them, Employment Minister Ms Patel said there were already enough TV debates. Her words come days after Mr Johnson and Mr Gove demanded a "face-to-face" TV clash with Mr Cameron, arguing it was what "the public deserve".

In a further conciliatory move towards Downing Street, Ms Patel made clear she was not targeting Mr Cameron or George Osborne when claiming leading Remainers are too rich to care about the EU's impact on the poor.

She told the Standard she believed Mr Cameron would make "appropriate" choices in any postreferendum reshuffle and indicated a desire to stay on the frontbench.

On Tuesday Mr Johnson and Mr Gove challenged the Prime Minister to a "face-to-face" debate, which he has steadfastly refused to do. …

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