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Labour And The Tories Bailed On ITV Debate But Trolled From Home

In a now-infamous show of fear of the public in the lead-up to the general election, both the Conservative Party leader Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn skipped out on the first TV debate of the political season.

The country's most popular political leaders both bailed on ITV's debate, without a valid excuse. The Mirror claims they were "too chicken" to take part.

Thus, the mammoth two-hour debate between the Lib Dems, UKIP, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru wasn't as vital in general election discourse without the Tory lady and Labour lad – their presence was missed as the partaking political leaders made swipes at both Corbyn and May in their absence.

However, the Conservatives and the Labour party weren't totally silent during the ITV debate.

Like keyboard warriors of British politics, the press offices of both of the UK's main parties – despite bailing on actually being in the studio to talk face-to-face with the other parties – proceeded to take to Twitter to respond to the debate, effectively trolling the candidates from the comfort of their offices.

The parties' press offices didn't get away with trolling from afar lightly, however.

The Lib Dems' press office Twitter responded to Labour's tweet taking aim at the party on their tuition fee fail during the coalition with David Cameron's Conservatives.

"You've taken the night off. Shut up," they wrote. And that's a valid response.

Others were quick to point out this hypocrisy, including BBC's Philip Sim and comedian Jo Caulfield.

Corbyn and May's trolling of ITV's debate after rejecting it is like bailing on your friend's birthday party, then texting everyone there from the comfort of your own bed, intent on trying to keep up with the night's shenanigans without any effort at all.

The leaders of the two parties will be brought together for a live TV debate with Jeremy Paxman and Faisal Islam on Sky News at 8pm on May 29. This will be the first time during the election campaign that Corbyn and May will face questions from a live studio audience.

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