FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the leaders of Labour and the Tories to stop "running scared" from debating her. 

Her comments came after it emerged that ITV would only feature a head-to-head debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson - while other parties would only be able to take part in an interview-based follow-up programme.

While out on the campaign trail today, the SNP leader argued that politics is no longer as simple as a two-party race and added she would debate Corbyn or Johnson "any time, any place". 

After taking part in some ceilidh dancing in Dumfries, Sturgeon said: "Well I think firstly to the broadcasters, I would say the broadcasters are at risk of going backwards towards a two-party system that no longer really exists at the very time that the public is moving further and further away from that two-party system.

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"To have a debate just between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn when it is entirely possible, probably some may say, that the next Parliament will be a hung one, just doesn’t represent the choice that people have. I think that’s a big mistake by broadcasters, I don’t think they’re reflecting the election as it is – they’re perhaps too worried about reflecting the election as they want it to be. But my message to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is why are you so scared of real debate in this election?

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"I’ll debate either of you, I’ll debate both of you, I’ll do it any time any place. So stop running away, stop running scared – come and debate the real issues that Scotland faces in this election."

ITV's debate system has also received criticism from the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who said it would be "deeply misleading for audiences".

ITV also revealed plans for a multi-party debate at some point in the run-up up to the December 12 poll, with all parties, including the Greens, Plaid Cymru and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, taking part.