The EDP reports on the Tory candidate's unwillingness to take part on live debates and hints that the BBC East debate which the Tories signed up for and which has been plugged by the BBC for the last fortnight may have to be pulled because Tory candidate Chloe Smith is being "wrapped in cotton wool" and kept from debating issues.
This is interesting because the Tories do seem to think that debates are a good idea, most of the time.
When Blair refused to debate with Michael Howard at the last General Election he accused Blair of "Running Scared".
Tory Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague has said about debates before
"I believe in other democracies there should be televised debates at election time."
And David Cameron was reported in the press to say "The Tory leader proposed the debates as part of a series of measures to improve the tarnished image of politics, including finding a consensus on reform for MPs' allowances and expenses."
So, for once, I agree with these senior Tories. Debate is important. So why is the Tory candidate in Norwich afraid to debate the issues and "improve the tarnished image of politics" ?