With the Conservative Party leadership contest now well underway following the resignation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, the candidates will face questions from live audiences and each other in TV broadcast debates.
The candidates for the next leader of the UK Conservative Party and Prime Minister at the time of writing are:
- Penny Mordaunt, a former defence secretary.
- Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary.
- Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee.
- Kemi Badenoch, a former minister of state.
Here’s a list of the TV debates scheduled so far and where you can watch them.
Channel 4 will host its debate between Conservative party leadership contenders, tomorrow (July 15) at 7.30pm. The debate will be hosted by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Commenting on the debate on Channel 4, Ian Rumsey, Managing Director of ITN Productions, said: “We’re delighted that all the remaining candidates have now confirmed that they will be appearing for the first time together in a live TV debate.
“This gives an opportunity for our audience – both in the studio and at home – to hear what they really think on the issues that matter most.”
Joanna Potts, Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs added: “This is a landmark moment in British politics. We are so pleased that the candidates have agreed to take part in the debate to set out their vision for the future of the country.”
ITV will host its debate this Sunday, July 17 at 7pm. It can also be viewed on ITV1 or STV channels.
Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs said: “Television debates at important elections help voters engage with politics. ITV has been the home of some of the biggest political debates over the past decade. Sunday’s debate will be an important event as the country’s next Prime Minister is chosen.”
Sky will host a debate between the candidates which will be available on the Sky News channel and the Sky News app on July 18th. The debate will be chaired by Kay Burley.
Commenting on the importance of a TV debate to the leadership contest, John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: “There has never been a more important time to reinvigorate the trust of voters in the office of the prime minister.”
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