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BBC to host final election debate between Rishi Sunak and Keir Stamer days before nation goes to polls

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The BBC will host the final election debate between Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer a week before polling day.

The Tory and Labour leaders will face off on June 26 in Nottingham from 9pm in an hour-long clash in front of a studio audience chaired by Sophie Raworth.

A seven-party debate in London hosted by Mishal Husain will be broadcast on the BBC on Friday from 7.30pm. Leading figures from the Tories, Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, the Greens and Reform will face audience questions.

A two-hour Question Time special featuring the leaders of the four biggest parties will follow on Thursday, June 20, in York. Fiona Bruce will chair this event with questions from the studio audience for the leaders of the Tories, Labour, SNP and Lib Dems from 8pm.

The Today programme host Nick Robinson has invited each of the leaders of the seven biggest political parties to be interviewed for Panorama specials over the next four weeks.

Rishi Sunak will go head to head with the Labour leader in a televised BBC debate

Keir Starmer will face tough questions alongside the Conservative leader in a debate just a week before the public heads to the polls

The special hour-long BBC programme will be chaired by Sophie Raworth (pictured)

The special hour-long BBC programme will be chaired by Sophie Raworth (pictured)

The Prime Minister and Labour leader are today gearing up for their first head-to-head debate of the General Election.

The pair will take to the stage tomorrow night on ITV for an hour-long live programme hosted by Julie Etchingham in front of a studio audience from 9pm.

Sky News has invited both Mr Sunak and Sir Keir to a leaders’ event in Grimsby on June 12 in front of a live audience.

Sir Keir has agreed to take part, but a Conservative spokesman said the PM would only participate if he and the Labour leader ‘take questions on stage together’.

At the beginning of the campaign, Mr Sunak challenged Sir Keir to a record six television election debates before polling day on July 4. But the Labour leader said he wants to ‘get out on the ground’ and is likely only to agree to head-to-heads with ITV and the BBC. 



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