Theresa May has confirmed she will not take part in the live television debates in the lead-up to the general election.
Political opponents have described May's decision as "weak," but the Prime Minister has denied claims she is "running scared" from a showdown with party leaders.
"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as prime minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency. That's what I believe in doing, that's what I'm going to be doing around this campaign."
Right. Rather than communicate directly with tens of millions of voters at once via the marvel of television, she's going to go around them one by one.
May's decision has been slammed by critics who say she is "dodging" the chance to take part in the head-to-head with Labour and the Lib Dems.
Jeremy Corbyn described the move as "rather strange" and tweeted: "I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership, Come on and show some.
"Let's have the debates. It's what democracy needs and what the British people deserve."
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron asked May: "You debated me in 1992, so debate me now. What changed?"
The PM has also faced a backlash from pundits on Twitter, with many questioning if broadcasters would leave an "empty chair" in May's place.
It's likely that May will also face pressure from broadcasters, who will be bidding to host the debates in the coming weeks. According to David Dimbleby, who hosted the leaders' debates in both 2010 and 2015, May's decision to not take part could be "perilous".
"I don't think other parties will refuse to take part in debates, and I wonder whether Number 10 will stick with that, because it may look a bit odd if other parties are facing audiences and making their case," he told Radio 4's PM programme.