Tory leadership TV debates: how to watch – times and channels

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Since Boris Johnson resigned on July 7, various Tory MPs have launched their leadership campaigns in the fiercely contested race to succeed him.

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The remaining candidates will compete in televised debates

The remaining contenders will soon go head-to-head in televised debates, answering questions from members of the British public and offering their positions on the key issues facing the country.

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When are the debates on TV and how do you watch them?

Friday 15 July

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The first TV debate will take place tomorrow (July 15) at 7 p.m. on channel 4.

Britain’s Next PM: The Conservative Leadership Debate will be broadcast live and later available to watch on the broadcaster’s All4 streaming platform.

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Channel 4’s official description reads: “As the Conservatives prepare to elect a new leader, this live debate asks: who is the right choice to become Britain’s next Prime Minister?

“Krishnan Guru-Murthy moderates the debate with the candidates still in the running for the top job and takes questions from a studio audience of floating voters.

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“Following the dramatic retirement of Boris Johnson, the race follows at No. 10. And with the most diverse field of candidates ever, it’s a wide open field.”

There are still five candidates in the running

Sunday 17 July

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ITV’s Tory leadership debate is shown live 7 p.m. on Sunday (July 17) and can be watched later on ITV hub.

Michael Jermey, ITV’s director of news and current affairs, commented: “Television debates at important elections help voters engage with politics.

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“ITV has been the scene of some of the biggest political debates over the past decade. Sunday’s debate will be an important event as the country’s next prime minister will be elected.”

ITV previously held a debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as they fought for the Conservative leadership in 2019.

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Monday 18 July

Sky News will also host a debate between the leadership candidates.

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The live debate, moderated by Kay Burley, will be broadcast on Sky News on Monday at 7 p.m (July 18), and contestants will take on a series of questions from a virtual studio audience.

Sky News chief John Ryley said: “There has never been a more important time to restore voter confidence in the Prime Minister’s office.

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“This live TV debate on Sky News gives candidates the opportunity to reconnect with millions by discussing the UK’s most pressing issues.

“It represents a unique opportunity to re-engage a disaffected constituency.”

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