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    When is the BBC Question Time election special? How to watch debates live

    Penny Mordaunt, Nigel Farage and Angela Rayner

    Britain's four biggest parties will go head to head again on Thursday in the BBC's Question Time election special as the race to July 4 draws to a close.

    Leading members of the Conservatives, Labor Party, SNP and Liberal Democrats face a two-hour interrogation by presenter Fiona Bruce and a York studio audience. Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed his presence, and Rishi Sunak, John Swinney and Sir Ed Davey have also been invited. 

    Here's a quick overview of the remaining debate schedule:

    • June 20, 8pm on BBC.
    • June 26, 21:00 on BBC.

    First head-to-head debate between Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer on 4 June. This was followed by a seven-way debate on the BBC on 7 June, in which Nigel Farage, Penny Mordaunt and Angela Rayner competed alongside four other leading party representatives. 

    Labour and Tory leaders appeared again on Sky's Battle for Number 10 program on Wednesday 12 June.

    On 13 June, Nigel Farage, Penny Mordaunt and Angela Rayner returned alongside four other party leaders for the second seven-way election debate, hosted by ITV. They faced a 90-minute grilling by Julie Etchinham, the ITV newsreader who watched the first debate on June 4, and a live studio audience in Salford, Manchester.

    Another debate is currently scheduled after Thursday's event . Both ITV and the BBC host debates in a variety of formats, giving candidates the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the latest opinion polls.

    When is the next televised general election debate?  

    On Thursday 20 June the BBC will return to host a Question Time special, featuring leading members of the UK's four biggest parties: the Conservatives, Labor Party, Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats.

    Fiona Bruce will lead program. broadcast from 20:00 to 22:00 in York. Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labor Party, is the only major party leader so far to confirm his participation. Rishi Sunak, John Swinney and Sir Ed Davey were also invited.

    • Follow The Telegraph's general election coverage live

    The debate schedule builds on what is expected to be the final television program of the election campaign, which will be yet another the clash between Sir Keir and the Conservative Leader on June 26 – a week before the country goes to the polls.

    Which channel is the debate on?

    ITV and the BBC have confirmed they will hold general election debates over the election campaign.< /p>

    The programs will be available on BBC1, BBC News and ITV1, as well as live on their streaming platforms BBC iPlayer and ITVX.

    For those watching from Scotland, the ITV debate will be shown on the similar channel STV.

    ITV also broadcast the first debate on June 4 live on its Youtube channel and, along with the BBC, is expected to do the same for future programmes.

    The BBC has also done so. have confirmed that they will broadcast their debate on local radio.

    The Sky debate will be available to watch on Freeview and can also be streamed online on the Sky News website or social media.

    The Telegraph will cover all debates live with expert analysis and reactions.< /p>

    The Telegraph will cover all debates live with expert analysis and reactions.

    The Telegraph will cover all debates live with expert analysis and reactions.



    Are you ready for the 4th of July? Who should I vote for? Question Time Special – 20 June, 8pm on BBC

    On Thursday 20 June, the BBC will return for a Question Time special with representatives from the UK's four biggest parties: Conservative, Labour, SNP and Liberal -democrats.

    Fiona Bruce will be broadcasting from 8pm to 10pm in York and will speak to Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has confirmed his participation; Rishi Sunak, John Swinney and Sir Ed Davey are also invited.  

    During the program, each leader will be given a thirty-minute time to answer questions from the audience.

    Sunak and Starmer meet – 26 June, 21:00 on BBC

    The BBC will hold what is likely to be the last televised debate of the 2024 election campaign on Wednesday 26 June – a week before how the country will go to the elections.

    The program will be another showdown between just Mr Sunak and Mr Starmer, similar to the ITV debate they took part in on June 4, which was hosted by BBC news presenter Sophie Raworth.

    It will begin at 9pm and will run until 10pm.

    Sir Keir agreed to only two face-to-face debates and said he would not speak at the larger debates taking place on both channels. 

    How many debates will be held before the election?

    There will currently be six debates in total ahead of the general election on 4 July, with two more to go after ITV's seven-way debate on Thursday. June 13.

    The debate announcements were confirmed after the Tories pressured Sir Keir to take part in a record six debates during the six-week countdown to the election.


    Conservative sources have dubbed the Opposition leader ” the knight who will not fight” and “Sir Fir Starmer” after he did not sign up to their demand for a weekly debate.

    Labour headquarters instead said their leader would take part in a weekly debate . taking part in two debates against Mr Sunak, matching what Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn did before the 2019 election.

    Will the debate coincide with any football matches?

    There are several conflicts between the timing of the debate and the football matches – inevitable with a busy TV schedule.

    Football fans and political observers were in disarray on June 7 when the seven-party BBC debate overlapped with the England debate. international warm-up with Iceland on Channel 4.

    England play Denmark on June 20 – the same day as the BBC's Leaders' Question Time special – but kicks off earlier at 5pm ahead of the election . program at 20:00.

    There was thus only one clash with the BBC, as the channel managed to avoid participation in the European Men's Championship matches.

    There will be no more competitive ITV football matches after the broadcaster postponed England's Women's Football Championship match against France. which was due to air on ITV1 and then ITV4 as it coincided with the meeting between Mr Sunak and Mr Starmer on June 4. 

    When will the general elections take place?

    The general election will be held on July 4, when the country will go to the polls from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm to have their say on the next Prime Minister.

    This was confirmed by Rishi Sunak in his rain-soaked speech outside. in Downing Street on May 22 that the election would take place six weeks later.  

    Both the prime minister and other party leaders have since been on the campaign trail, trying to win over voters through measures such as televised debates. 

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