BBC allows Boris Johnson interview on Andrew Marr Show

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MORE: BBC refuses to have Boris Johnson on Andrew Marr show until he commits to Andrew Neil grilling The decision has been branded "wrong" and "shameful" by rival parties.

So far Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price have sat down for a tough 30-minute grilling with veteran journalist Andrew Neil.

Labour candidates have accused the BBC of "abject surrender" in allowing the Prime Minister to be interviewed by Marr without agreeing to an interview with Neil.

In a statement, the broadcaster said: "As the national public service broadcaster, the BBC's first priority must be its audience".

However, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives Boris Johnson has yet to agree to a sit-down.

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw tweeted that it was a "shameful and abject surrender" by BBC management.

It was thought Mr Neil was going to conduct one-on-one interviews with all the predominant political social gathering leaders within the run as much as polling day.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, at present claimed the BBC was being "performed" by Mr Johnson.

But ever since Mr Corbyn's appearance the Tories cooled on the idea until the agreement announced today.

Mr Johnson was requested concerning the row this morning and he stated: 'I am a lot happier frankly to speak about my insurance policies, what we're doing for the folks of this nation slightly than limitless debates about media and course of.

The prime minister also refused to appear on Channel 4 News's climate change debate on Thursday, where he was replaced with a melting ice sculpture. So I think you need to start looking at yourselves, about what you should be doing to hold him to account. And so what he is doing now could be he is avoiding, he is working scared.

"He's running scared because he knows that Andrew Neil will take him apart". "He's playing you. He's delaying this beyond the postal vote stage".

Subsequent press conferences were overshadowed by the fact that in the interview Corbyn had refused four times to apologise anew to the Jewish community in the face of anti-Semitism accusations.

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage are set to be interviewed next week.

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