Commenting on the announcement by broadcasters about negotiations for TV leader debates in the run up to the 2015 election, a Liberal Democrat spokesman said:
"The Liberal Democrats have long argued that the debates last time round were of huge benefit to our democratic process and engaged millions of voters.
"The Liberal Democrats therefore welcome the fact that the broadcasters are seeking to make progress to ensure that the debates happen again in 2015.
"The Liberal Democrats, like the Labour Party, have publicly said that we would be prepared to sign up to the same 3-3-3 system we had in 2010.
"We do not accept the proposal that the Liberal Democrats, as a party of government, should be prevented from defending our record in one of the TV debates.
"That is the case we will make strongly in the negotiations that will now take place and we urge the other parties to join us around the negotiating table without excuse or delay."
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