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May and Corbyn TV election debate to be held in York

Image: ITV
Image: ITV
Image: ITV

A televised debate between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition prior to the general election in June will be held in York, the BBC announced a few days ago.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will participate in a special edition of Question Time, filmed in York and to be screened on Friday 2nd of June, just over a week before the election.

The venue of the debate has not yet been declared. A previous edition of Question Time was scheduled to be held in the Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York campus last year, but was cancelled following the murder of Jo Cox MP earlier that day.

Like the 2015 programme featuring their respective predecessors David Cameron and Ed Miliband, May and Corbyn will not debate with each other. Instead they will separately answer questions from a live audience.

A few days before the York debate, party representatives from the seven main political parties – the Conservatives, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party, the Scottish Nationalist Party and Plaid Cymru – will debate in Cambridge.

The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) is working with the University of York to organise political debates featuring the political candidates and incumbent MPs from both York constituencies. Rachael Maskell, of the Labour Party, is currently the Member of Parliament for York Central; Julian Sturdy, a Conservative, is the MP for York Outer. There will also be a series of debates featuring academics from the University of York.