Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to go head-to-head in TV debate

The debate will be shown on ITV tonight

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will go head-to-head tonight in the first televised debate of the general election campaign.

The debate was given the green light yesterday when the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and SNP lost a High Court legal challenge against their exclusion from the hour-long event on ITV.

Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon had argued that they should take part in order to offer “the voice of Remain”, since both of their parties are against Britain leaving the European Union.

But High Court judges ruled there was “no arguable breach of the Broadcasting code”.

Ahead of the debate, the Prime Minister has sought to put pressure on Mr Corbyn with an open letter asking how he would recommend people vote in Labour's proposed second EU referendum.

The Labour leader has faced criticism for refusing to say which way he would vote, despite some of his senior colleagues, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, backing Remain.

As campaigns continue, the Green Party will today launch their manifesto, pledging £100 billion a year to tackle climate change and promising to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030.

Labour has accused the Conservatives of handing tax breaks to billionaires, while the Lib Dems have promised to add one pence to income tax and generate an extra £35 billion for the NHS.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives have promised automatic life-sentences for adults convicted of murdering a child, in all but “exceptional” circumstances.

And the SNP is calling for immigration powers to be devolved from Westminster to Scotland.

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