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Sunak and Starmer agree to TV debate on 4 June

29 May 2024 2 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Images PA

Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer will go head to head in the first televised leaders’ debate of the General Election campaign next week.

ITV confirmed the Prime Minister and the Labour leader will take part in the show at 9pm on Tuesday June 4.

The hour-long debate will be moderated by Julie Etchingham and take place in front of a studio audience.

Pitch

Michael Jermey, ITV’s director of news and current affairs, said: “Millions of viewers value the election debates.

“They provide a chance to see and hear the party leaders set out their pitch to the country, debate directly with each other and take questions from voters.

“ITV is pleased to be broadcasting the first debate in this year’s election campaign.”

The broadcaster also plans interviews with other party leaders and a multi-party debate.

Ridiculous

But SNP leader and Scottish First Minister John Swinney said it was “ridiculous” that his party – the third largest in the Commons – had been excluded from the June 4 showdown.

Sky News said it will host a “leaders’ event” on Wednesday June 12 in Grimsby, a key marginal seat the Tories won with a majority of 7,331 in 2019.

Sir Keir has agreed to take part, with talks ongoing with Mr Sunak’s team, according to the broadcaster.

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party told Sky that the Prime Minister would take part “and answer questions from voters, on the condition that he and Keir Starmer take those questions on stage together”.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
4 days ago

Must be something worth watching on another channel !

Jeff
Jeff
4 days ago

Waste of time.
Starmer will sound like a model for nose plugs and Sunak will ratchet up the octaves lying his butt off.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 days ago

I believe watching paint dry or grass growing will be more worthwhile!

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 days ago

Whenever I see Mr keir starmer it makes me think I really hate white men in their sixties!

(FTR: I’m white man on the verge of sixty.)

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
4 days ago
Reply to  Richard Davies

And what do you think when you see Sunak?

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 days ago
Reply to  Ieuan Evans

Someone so far removed from the struggles of real daily life he might as well be living on Mars for all the (non-) good he does!

Why vote
Why vote
4 days ago

Two leaders talking poo ( that’s the nice word) for an hour then one of them will win and talk poo to UK for 5 years. Its like ground hog day.

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