ITV confirms General Election debate as seven party leaders to go head-to-head

The Prime Minister will be joined by leaders or senior representatives from six other political parties
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Senior political figures from across multiple parties are set to go head-to-head in a General Election debate hosted by ITV in June, the broadcaster has confirmed.

The multi-party debate will feature "leaders or senior representatives" from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Reform UK, Greens and Plaid Cymru, and will air on Thursday, June 13. The 90-minute programme will be moderated by newsreader Julie Etchingham, who also led the ITV election debates in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

It will come after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer face off in the first televised leaders' debate on Tuesday, June 4, which will also be moderated by Etchingham and is set to take place in front of a studio audience. The one-to-one will be followed by an ITV Election Interviews show presented by ITV News deputy political editor Anushka Asthana.

ITV has said that leaders of the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Reform UK and the Greens have been invited to take part. Michael Jermey, ITV's director of news and current affairs, said: "ITV's debate programmes will allow millions of viewers to see and hear the politicians debate the big issues facing the country.

"Many of our viewers tell us they greatly value the TV debates. We’re pleased that ITV will be able to provide a forum in which voters can question the political leaders and in which the politicians can debate directly with each other," he added.

Elsewhere, Sky News has confirmed 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". The ITV Election Debate 2024 will be broadcast on ITV1, ITVX, STV and STV Player at 8.30pm, followed by ITV News at Ten.