Jeremy Corbyn to take part in seven-way TV debate


Jeremy CorbynImage copyright Reuters

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will take part in a seven-way BBC general election debate later.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, UKIP’s Paul Nuttall, SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will participate.

Theresa May has refused to take part in any debates, so Home Secretary Amber Rudd will be representing the Tories.

Labour had said that Mr Corbyn would not attend unless Mrs May was there.

Confirming he would be taking part, Mr Corbyn criticised the Tories for what he called “a stage-managed arms-length campaign”.

“Refusing to join me in Cambridge tonight would be another sign of Theresa May’s weakness, not strength,” he added.

Mishal Husain will moderate the debate, which takes place in Cambridge and will be shown on BBC One from 19:30-21:00 BST and livestreamed on Twitter.

Each panellist will make an opening statement before taking questions from the audience.

Image caption Mishal Husain will moderate the debate which takes place in Cambridge
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Image caption Several election programmes with audience participation have been arranged ahead of 8 June

Amid rumours of his rethink on whether to take part, Mr Corbyn said on Wednesday morning the PM should “come and have a chat, come and have a debate”.

The show is the latest in a series of special broadcasts ahead of the 8 June general election.

This includes two Question Time shows – on 2 June featuring Mrs May and Mr Corbyn appearing separately and on 4 June with Mr Farron and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40105324

Andrew Neil has been carrying out a series of interviews with party leaders.

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