ITV will have Election debate without Theresa May

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From Digital Spy

ITV is still planning a leaders' debate for the General Election even without the leaders of the two biggest political parties.

The broadcaster has invited the leaders of the "Big 7" parties to attend the debate on May 18, but it's looking like prime minister Theresa May and leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn won't be taking part.

That doesn't seem to have stopped ITV though, as it seems that if they refuse, the debate will go ahead without May and Corbyn.

Awkward.

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ITV News has confirmed that the leaders' debate will air on May 18 from 8pm, moderated by Julie Etchingham.

Leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru have all been invited again. All of them turned up for ITV's 2015 leaders' debate.

Etchingham will also present a series of election specials focusing on the party leaders in the run-up to June 8.

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Almost as soon as May announced the snap General Election last month, she was confirming that she wasn't interested in doing any TV debates.

"We won't be doing television debates. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters," the Conservative party leader explained, despite the BBC also hinting at plans to follow suit and broadcast a debate like ITV.

After May stated that she wouldn't take part in a debate, there were reports that she could take place in a question-and-answer session in front of a live TV audience.

Corbyn's spokesperson has also said the Labour leader won't take part in any TV debates unless the prime minister is also there, telling The Guardian: "We are continuing to press to have those debates, and to have a head-to-head with Theresa May."

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But enough about the live debates, the General Election on June 8 could affect Big Brother as that's the week Channel 5 was planning on launching the new series.

Solution, ignore the General Election and just put all the party leaders into the Big Brother house in June?

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