Leading candidates being lined up for Channel 4’s Conservative Leadership Debate

As the Conservatives prepare to elect a new leader, on Friday 15 July at 7:30pm Channel 4 will host the first of the Conservative leadership debates. 

This live debate will ask: who’s the right choice to be Britain’s next Prime Minister? 

Hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, over 90 minutes, the candidates still in the running for the top job will face questions from a studio audience of floating voters. A number of the leading candidates have confirmed they will be attending.

After Boris Johnson’s dramatic resignation, the race is on to follow him into Number 10 – and with the most diverse field of candidates ever, it’s a wide open field.

Ian Rumsey, Managing Director of ITN Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be producing the first live TV debate in a contest which is not only vital for the Conservative Party but for Britain as a whole”

Louisa Compton,  Head of News, Current Affairs, Specialist Factual and Sport at Channel 4 continued: “With just 0.2% of the British population electing the next leader of the Conservative party and therefore Prime Minister we are delighted that Channel 4 is hosting the first leadership debate which will allow the candidates to speak directly to the electorate they’ll need to win over at the next general election”

Joanna Potts, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs added: “This is a hugely significant moment for the Conservative Party and the county. We’re so pleased we will be giving viewers the first opportunity to see candidates answer the questions that matter most.”

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