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David Cameron turned down opportunity to be interviewed by Piers Morgan

CameronInRadioInterview During a wide-ranging interview on Woman's Hour on Radio Four - which you can now listen to by clicking here during the coming week - this morning, David Cameron revealed that he has turned down the opportunity to appear on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, following on from the Prime Minister's appearance on the programme last weekend:

"I'm not a great fan of the Piers Morgan format... I'd rather do something a bit more substantial rather than that. Let's see what comes up".

Whilst he said that he had regularly given interviews to all kinds of outlets, talking about his family and so on, he said that people will choose the next Prime Minister based on issues, policies, substance and who's got the right judgment: "We shouldn't fool ourselves it's about anything else," he said.

He defended the recent poster attacking Labour's proposed death tax, describing it as "quite fair", saying that the Conservative campaign has been "overwhelmingly positive" and "invigorating" but that politics has to cope with a bit of campaigning which highlights the stark choices offered by the different parties.

Mr Cameron also restated that he wouldn't rule out using all-women shortlists in any seats where sitting MPs stand down between now and the election.

Here's his exact quote:

"If there are other resignations or retirements from Parliament I wouldn't rule out using an all-women shortlist, but we'll have to see what the circumstances are at the time."

He did however applaud the "huge breakthrough" made in candidate selection which would see about 60 women sitting as Tory MPs if the party wins a small Commons majority, as well as an unprecedented number of Tory MPs from a black or ethnic minority background.

He covered a number of other issues during his encounter with Jenni Murray, including a restatement of his pledge to recognise marriage in the tax system by the end of the Parliament and his desire to expand the health visitor network.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Tory leader got most animated when enthusing about watching darts on TV in the 1980s, when asked about comments he had made in a new interview in Shortlist magazine.

One other point: Mr Cameron also opined on how he thought Lily Allen's music (and more specifically her lyrics) were unsuitable for his 6-year-old daughter, as the NME website records:

"I got one of those [iPod] connections for the car and my daughter is obsessed by Lily Allen, who I think is slightly unsuitable," he admitted. "So a bit of a fight takes place. 'I want to listen to Lily Allen.' 'No, it's The Jungle Book.' And in the tussle it broke [the connector]."

Jonathan Isaby

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