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Will you tune in to the first General Election televised debate?

The first televised debate of the General Election campaign will take place on Tuesday evening between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Liberal Democrats and the SNP have lost a High Court challenge against ITV over its decision to exclude their party leaders from Tuesday’s first television debate, and will therefore not take part.

The two parties had taken ITV to court, saying their exclusion deprived voters of the chance to make their own decisions.

The broadcasters have announced a series of debates, including two head-to-heads after reaching an agreement between the Tories and Labour, one three-way debate and one seven-way debate.

Planned debates

A head-to-head debate between Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn will be aired on ITV on Tuesday at 8pm.

Sky will host a three-way debate including Mr Johnson, Mr Corbyn and Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson on November 28.

The next day, the BBC will host a seven-way debate in Cardiff on November 29, between leaders or senior figures from the seven major GB political parties.

The broadcaster will then host a “prime ministerial debate” on December 6 from Southampton between Mr Corbyn and Mr Johnson.

Will you be tuning in to the first televised debate between Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn? If you choose not to, why won’t you be watching? Have you watched previous debates? Will style or substance win the day?

Will you tune in to the General Election televised debate?

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ponocio
26th Nov 2019
1
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I thought Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon spoke really well and knew what they were talking about, though the audience did not seemed pleased with Mr Corbyn taking a neutral stance on a second referendum. One person in the audience did however point out that this was the fairest stance. The Libdem lady did not seem prepared for the attack on her party for siding with the con artists (oops tories) when they had no majority and for allowing or even putting forward bills that badly affected the working class eg bedroom tax, benefit cuts, universal credit, zero hours etc, she instead tried to attack labour party and policies. Could not watch Jonson for long he only knows one line and he copied that off protesters, I do not believe this man is capable of telling the truth or stringing a sentence together
sparrer
25th Nov 2019
0
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Had no intention of watching, I've heard all their lies and promises still to be broken. My time is too precious to waste on these halfwits.
Munsterlander
24th Nov 2019
2
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It was a joke. I do not believe a word that Boris says anymore and Jeremy was just as bad. We have 65 million people in the country and these 2 are the top leaders.? Strange but true.
RabHaw
24th Nov 2019
1
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This question is old hat ! The relevant one was the four leader chat on the Beeb last week , Corbyn was better than previous whilst Johnson seemed to regurgitate the same old tired clichés . Sturgeon gave a cracker and her answers were very relevant despite not being involved in English matters . Afraid Jo Swinson looks like a loser thanks to her involvement in that dreadful coalition ,
Raindrop
22nd Nov 2019
1
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I watched the programme to help me decide who to vote for, unfortunately I am still undecided as this turned into a slanging match.
Josiew
22nd Nov 2019
1
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I did watch it but it was of very little help as both of them turned it into a shouting match, with accusations flying in both direction. I remember the 70's as well. Power cuts,strikes everywhere and very high interest rates.

I voted for Brexit, so I am hoping that it might finally be achieved.
swaneldo
22nd Nov 2019
2
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Given the way politicians have recently behaved in public in the House, I think that they are a huge embarrassment to themselves and a dreadful example to our young people. Don't trust anything they say and their promises are as reliable as the British weather. I'm completely not surprised to find that my local politicians suddenly have an avid interest in me and my fellow residents - is there possibly something happening in December?! Where have you been since the last election I wonder when the community needed you?
Reikijo
22nd Nov 2019
3
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Unfortunately I don’t trust any politician or party. It is now easy to put out false news, drag up incidents from the distant past....we all made mistakes when we were young.....
Plus there are too many with hidden interests in us staying in the EU.
Alicia
22nd Nov 2019
2
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No, I have better things to do than listen to a pair of twits debating !!!
Janis1949
21st Nov 2019
1
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I thought the debate was absolute shambles. I’m no wiser now than the beginning. To me it just come over as a shouting match. I’m not a fan of either the Prime Minister or the leader of the opposition. I feel that The Prime Minister came out on top slightly. And as for the moderator she never seem to have control of anything if he’s going to chair is such an important debate in the future someone give her lessons.
Janis1949
21st Nov 2019
1
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I thought the debate was an absolute shambles. I was no wiser at the end when I was at the beginning
I thought the Prime Minister came over as marginally better then the leader of the opposition.
I don’t think it was really a debate it wasn’t that many questions asked. All it seemed to me to be about was Brexit any NHS. And the moderator didn’t seem to have a grasp of what she was doing. If she’s going to share such an important debate in the future someone give her lessons
HappyHippie
21st Nov 2019
1
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wouldn't waste my time watching these two out lieing each other
RabHaw
20th Nov 2019
4
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Hobson's choice between Mutt and Jeff aka Johnson and Corbyn - a couple of political plonkers! Current Tory Cabinet has more millionaires in its number since 1815 yet their lack of direction and acumen sees poverty and food kitchens at a shocking record high,Wishy washy Corbyn is a fence sitter extraordinaire who should have killed the cheat's charter that is Brexit .
Patman 53
20th Nov 2019
5
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I well remember the seventies and the loony left bringing this country to its knees are we going to let this happen again
WillW1
20th Nov 2019
3
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Country is on its knees, its all ready happened,
where have you been.
Reikijo
22nd Nov 2019
2
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And who brought us there?
Lionel
19th Nov 2019
1
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I can only agree with Poppy1112. I need, and want, to know what they are proposing for the next five years. We've heard press reports a vast programme of nationalisation is proposed by Labour, but little has been said by party chiefs. Lets hear it from the old horse's mouth!

It's our money these two guys are proposing to spend. It's us who'll be in deep debt if Corbyn gets his way. I want to know where my taxes are going.

We are the elders of the country, the ones with life experience. It falls to us, our generation, to put the country in a good place for our younger folk to take the reins. We cannot, and certainly must not, leave our young folk with a heap of national debt, the repayment of which will damage their life chances.

We must leave them free to fly, to live well and be productive.
Billythequiche
19th Nov 2019
3
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No, no, no. Their is nothing any of them cn say that is either believable or not fantasy. To start bidding war on the NHS and to politicise the floods is disgusting. Bet that that was the closest that idiot Liberal has been to Doncaster.
RabHaw
19th Nov 2019
4
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Well said WinR !Am afraid neither of the participants in tonight's debate are attuned to the world north of Carlisle ! Corbyn is a fence sitter extraordinaire . We rejected the crazy Brexit proposal in every county in the country and yet he cannot say whether he is for or against . Johnson is totally unreliable A womaniser and a person who lost his job for telling "porkies " . He may have struck a cord with the southern elderlies but the man is a chancer , Concentrate in reducing the soup kitchens that his muckers have spawned . Allow a proper movement and entry of European labour to save a multitude of industries that are already suffering through the ill conceived schemes spawned by Brexit and the Brexiteers ,
Lionel
19th Nov 2019
3
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They don't know much about East Anglia either.
WellMan
19th Nov 2019
4
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Yes I will watch this live head to head of heads of the two largest political entities. It is reality and I have a right to know who is saying what.

I could stick my head in the sand and pretend it is not happening. But; if I do that it must mean I do not value democracy and want to be mindlessly forced to do anything the powers want me to without choice.

I am not going to surrender my freedoms so easily ... good folks of our countryhave died so we can have a free voice. I greatly respect them and through them I have a responsibility to value and use what they died for.

We are the priviledged few in the world and we have a massive responsibility to our families and our free world which we will willingly give up if we do nothing but watch TV soaps and films and bury our heads.

If you are not happy because of ..... then do something about it ... otherwise you are the problem allowing the problems take place.
Retiredyorkie
19th Nov 2019
3
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No thanks - it will be a lot of hot air once more followed by promises, promises and more promises !!!!
WinR
19th Nov 2019
3
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The UK is NOT. a 2 party country . To exclude the Lib Dem and SNP is totally in democratic !!!
Here it will make the support for the SNP stronger !!!!
I will not be listening to a programme listening to false promises !!
Poppy1112
19th Nov 2019
6
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One of the problems I see with these comments is that they do not seem to see where this all can lead. We can all spout the same thing time and time again, “sick of the talk” “all make promises they won’t keep” “They all lie through their teeth and never deliver” and so it goes on. However, one of these men will run our countries from December 13th onwards and their colleagues alongside that man will decide which road we will take in the future. One delivers promises which will destroy the country and the other will deliver Brexit and then people will have to find strength to build this country up instead of knocking it down. If you don’t vote or won’t vote then please do not comment here because as your voice will not count if you don’t vote so does your voice not count now.

We can all have a good laugh at these two men tonight but one Of them will be our PM and hold the keys to our lives and how we are able to live them...
Poppy1112
19th Nov 2019
5
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I will be watching because I vote and I want to know where my voice will take me. Jo Swinson has and continues to ignore the voice of the majority dishonouring our democratic vote to leave the EU there fore she is of no relevance and Nicola Sturgeon is just obsessed with a referendum to slit from the UK. That leaves two parties to go by with The Brexit party in the wings waiting to take over Labour seats... If you do not watch the election debate you will not know what these two parties are promising and if you do not vote then do not moan or leave comments as you have no voice in your countries matters. That’s how I see it...
Northern Silver
19th Nov 2019
0
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You can’t say Jo Swinson is irrelevant just because you don’t agree with her views on Brexit! And the dismissive attitude of the Westminster parliament is one of the reasons that the Independence movement is gaining ground again in Scotland.
The smaller parties will very likely hold the balance of power in the next parliament - it’s unlikely the Tories or Labour will be able to win an overall majority. So it would be much better to stop ignoring the minority parties and to listen to what they would be asking for if they form part of a coalition.
I prefer to read the papers and listen to interviews and political analysts to help me form my views. I don’t think that swapping soundbites in a tv debate will help much.
So just because I won’t watch the debate, that doesn’t mean I won’t be informed on the issues or that I will be somehow not entitled to vote!
Jenny-lou1
19th Nov 2019
2
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Yes absolutely, and anyone who says politicians are all the same, are just not taking enough notice. There is a huge difference between the parties - there are also some very hard working MP's who actually do care about their constituents and the country.
I will definitely be watching, and listening! To see who is best to be prime minister - I already know what my views are but will still be observing.
Mary Lincoln
19th Nov 2019
3
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No!!!I am sick to death of all MPs. None of them would know the truth if it hit them in the face.l will not waste my time listening to them tell the British people what they know they can not provide.
Yodama
19th Nov 2019
2
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Nope! I a not in the market for Snake Oil salesmen.
Rash promises will abound no doubt.
For the cynical, just another publicity stunt.
Chris2554
19th Nov 2019
1
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As I do not respect either Man, it will be interesting to see if either give me reason to vote for their party, will they promise the earth and deliver zilch.
Suefor
19th Nov 2019
5
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As the two major parties, one of which will certainly win this election, I’m glad it is only these two to start with. This will be a shambles but, with all of them there, it would be a debacle. I will most probably start to watch but usually get fed up with it a little way through, because they never answer the questions that need to be asked, just end up trying to outdo each other. The other sessions I won’t watch because it just ends up a shouting match. This is my opinion and do not need people coming back at me having a go.
Northern Silver
19th Nov 2019
1
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No, because itv and these two are in an arrangement designed to keep the other parties from expressing their views. The uk no longer operates a two party political system, so the Lib Dems and the SNP should be included in the tv debates.
Wilf
19th Nov 2019
0
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Totally agree with you
JOHNEFF
19th Nov 2019
1
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I'm sick of the whole business
Hollysgranny
19th Nov 2019
6
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I will be watching, I am a WASPI woman, one of 3.8m women who have been disadvantaged by the SPa changes. I sincerely hope that the question WASPI has submitted will be asked. Here it is for your readers’ info.
”Do you think it’s fair that 3.8m 50s-born women in the UK are suffering financial losses as a result of the mismanagement of State Pension age changes? What will you do to tackle this, and will you commit to supporting a solution for all women affected?”
Ian123
19th Nov 2019
3
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Definitely watch, with disdain.
Watching their noses grow as they try to out lie each other.
Sad thing is, our futures are in their hands, or rather their puppet masters.
GrahamS2
18th Nov 2019
3
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Def watch, should be entertaining and funny .Can always switch off.
Yagala
18th Nov 2019
2
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I want to see something interesting or funny when I watched something on the television and not a boring conversation between two people who do not what to say and how to say.
It would be a complete boring watch to anybody whom is watching this conversation.
bob scott
18th Nov 2019
2
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I am old enough and silly enough to have learnt what ever politicians say one day, it's water under the bridge the next.
Take pollical party conferences. Mr chairman gets up promises the earth, a standing ovation ant that is the last any one hears of what was said, lambs to the slaughter.
Learn one's history of mistake made by all over the years then form one's judgment. Your decision base on your facts not that of somebody else, otherwise you could end up in the mire hat is Brexit to be or not to be. that is the question? Bob Scott.
posted
18th Nov 2019
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they will promise the earth and deliver?, not a lot
Nannypink
18th Nov 2019
2
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Fed up with all their talking
ElisabethR
18th Nov 2019
4
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Yes I will watch as much of it as I can bear to. If it degenerates into scoring points off each other that won't be long. Trouble is I should want to join in!
Can't think it will change my mind. It really has come to voting for the least damaging of the parties.
Bald123
18th Nov 2019
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It should be the best comedy show this week. Mind you the one last night with Prince Andrew was pretty funny as well.
Wilf
18th Nov 2019
3
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Should be quite interesting
VickyG1946
18th Nov 2019
8
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My mind was made up from the day this GE was announced and I have seen no good reason to alter it. These debates accomplish very little in my opinion.

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