'Channel 4 was today accused of holding a 'dodgy' Tory leadership debate where candidates were encouraged to 'knock chunks out of each other' and hard Brexiteer Dominic Raab was 'sidelined'.
Viewers who attacked the broadcaster after last night's TV battle also declared that Boris Johnson had 'won' because he had refused to take part, calling it a pro-EU 'kangaroo court'.
Channel 4 today insisted that the audience was made up of 'floating voters' who were 'open' to voting Tory and picked by an independent polling company.
But those watching at home said those in the studio appeared 'biased' towards the EU because there was so little clapping for anyone advocating Brexit, calling it a 'remainer fest'.
One viewer said: 'Who vetted the audience?', another wrote: 'Such a biased audience, though what do you expect from Channel 4?' and another critic said: 'This channel 4 Tory leadership contest debate is ludicrous, all of the audience is anti-Brexit'.
Allies of Dominic Raab, the only candidate pledging to deliver No Deal 'come what may', also pointed out he had the shortest amount of time to speak.
One Brexiteer Tory MP told the Daily Telegraph: 'Watching Channel 4 and the ganging up on Raab one could be forgiven for thinking there had never been a referendum. As the only one there wanted an actual exit date he was sneered at. Not surprising from "Channel4Remain".'
Junior Brexit minister James Cleverly accused the broadcaster of chasing ratings rather than offering viewers a proper political debate, saying the show was set up for candidates to 'knock chunks out of each other'.'
Read more: Was it a Channel 4 stitch-up? Viewers slam 'snide' TV leadership debate that 'encouraged candidates to knock chunks out of each other' and 'sidelined hard Brexiteer Raab'
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