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How to watch the BBC Election Debate tonight − on TV and online

The debate tonight will be contested by representatives of the seven largest parties in the UK, making it the busiest debate stage yet seen in this year’s contest. Though lacking notable figures such as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, and Nigel Farage, the debate will likely set the stage for potentially dramatic head-to-head confrontations among the seven representatives on stage. Nick Robinson, lead presenter of the Today programme on Radio 4 and former BBC Political Editor, will be tonight’s host.

The debate will take place at 7pm GMT on Friday November 29. It will last until 8.30pm, which would leave just under 13 minutes of screen time for each of the seven debaters, if time is shared equally.

The election debate will be broadcast live on BBC One, and on the BBC News Channel.

To watch the debate live, simply open BBC iPlayer. It’s available on the web, or on apps for iOS or Android:

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Whereas previous TV appearances, such as the Question Time special and the ITV Johnson vs Corbyn debate, have featured party leaders, the event tonight will be somewhat different; while several party leaders will still appear, there are notable absences. Here are the representatives set to appear for each of the seven parties (with their official position in brackets if they are not party leader):

  • Conservative Party: Rishi Sunak (Chief Secretary to the Treasury)
  • Labour Party: Rebecca Long-Bailey (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Scottish National Party: Nicola Sturgeon
  • Liberal Democrats: Jo Swinson
  • Plaid Cymru: Adam Price
  • Green Party: Caroline Lucas (former party co-leader)
  • Brexit Party: Richard Tice (party chairman)

The general election campaign is well underway in anticipation of polling day on December 12. YouGov recently released a comprehensive survey based on over 100,000 interviews which put the Conservatives well in the lead at 43% of the vote (and projected to win a comfortable majority of 359 seats); by contrast, Labour is polling at 32% and the Liberal Democrats at 13%.

These are the key issues that parties will be looking to put right starting from tonight:

  • Can Labour and the Lib Dems reverse the fortunes of their underperforming campaigns with a strong showing?
  • Can the Conservative Party maintain its comfortable lead in the countrywide polls without a slip up, and can the SNP do the same for its Scottish constituencies?
  • Can the smaller parties, such as the Brexit Party, the Green Party, and Plaid Cymru, take this prime-time chance to make a breakthrough in the polls?

Here are the remaining national TV debates scheduled for this year’s general election campaign:

  • December 1: ITV General Election Debate, 7pm
  • December 6: BBC Prime Ministerial Debate, 8.30pm
  • December 9: BBC Question Time Under-30s Special, 8.30pm

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