Boris Johnson has flat out refused to do a general election interview with ITV’s Julie Etchingham, the channel confirmed tonight.

The chicken Prime Minister ducked out of the grilling despite every other major British party leader including Jeremy Corbyn submitting to a grilling on ITV’s Tonight.

It is the second major head-to-head interview the frit PM has ducked out of after repeatedly failing to nail down a date with the BBC’s Andrew Neil.

An ITV spokesman said: “The ITV News team, making a Boris Johnson Tonight film, made the original bid for the Prime Minister when the election was called.

“They have contacted his press team on repeated occasions with times and dates offered to film and interview.

The Prime Minister’s team today confirmed he will not be taking part

“Boris Johnson’s team have today confirmed he will not be taking part.

“The programme will instead feature a profile of the PM using fresh interviews with other contributors and archive footage.”

It comes hours after Boris Johnson refused to commit to sitting down for a grilling from the BBC’s political rottweiler Andrew Neil.

Every party leader has agreed to take part in Mr Neil’s series of interviews.

But the Tory leader’s team still haven’t agreed to be interviewed by the veteran broadcaster before next Thursday’s election.

Julie Etchingham’s interview with Jeremy Corbyn is being aired tonight

Ian Lavery, Labour Party Chair, said: “Boris Johnson thinks he’s born to rule and doesn’t have to face scrutiny.

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“He’s running scared because every time he is confronted with the impact of nine years of austerity, the cost of living crisis and his plans to sell out our NHS, the more he is exposed.”

And asked by the Mirror if he was too “frit” for the interview, Mr Johnson said: “I’m very happy to do interviews with all manner of people, but nothing but the highest privilege in this campaign so far is being able to answer your question.

“I think I’ve submitted so far…I’m the first Prime Minister to have done two – or about to do two one on one leadership debates, several hours of phone ins, endless press conferences, and interviews with all sorts of interviews with BBC people called Andrew.”

And asked by the Mirror if he was too “frit” for the interview, Mr Johnson said: “I’m very happy to do interviews with all manner of people”

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Mr Johnson sat down with the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday morning.

But the programme was a different format and has a different audience to Andrew Neil’s prime time standalone interviews.

Mr Johnson went on to dodge the question entirely, palming it off on a senior aide.

“I will continue to submit to the interrogation of the media,” he said.

“And if you want to have any further information on that I direct you to Dr Lee Cain, who will advise you.”





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