TV presenter and blogger Rachel Mullins take a close look at the stories making the headlines today.
David Cameron threatens to pull out of live election debates if Greens excluded
The Prime Minister has given an ultimatum to broadcasters, saying that he may not participate in TV election debates if the Green Party is excluded.
It was a response to the new rules drafted by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, which say any party with ‘major party status’ has to be included in TV debates.
Critics are say he is using the Green Party as an excuse to avoid bigger debates with the Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The leaders of other parties responded to the PM on Twitter:
David Cameron should stand on his record and stop running scared of TV debates.— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) January 8, 2015
@David_Cameron Come on David Cameron, the broadcasters have invited us, the public expect it, just say yes and stop making excuses.— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) January 8, 2015
The Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett will be our on Headline Interview with Amol Ranjan on Thursday, January 15.
Ched Evans puts Oldham move collapse down to ‘mob rule’
The convicted rapist, Ched Evans has blamed ‘the more radical elements of our society’ for influencing the sponsors of Oldham Athletic – a club that was considering taking him on.
The football club had been receiving death threats as a result of expected negations of an agreement with the player.
He made a statement on his personal website apologising for the effects these negotiations have had on the club, predicting that if he were admitted to the club it would be to the clubs financial detriment.
In a statement Ched Evans said:
"The most significant issue for me was that owing to the threat of funding opportunities being withdrawn, which may jeopardise the building of Oldham's new stand, it would mean that workers would lose their jobs and others would be put at risk - that would simply not be fair.