Nigel Farage WILL appear on live BBC election debate and Question Time special after demanding to be given the chance to grill Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit
- He is expected be one of ‘leaders’ from the major parties in a seven-way debate
- Farage also being lined up for a 30-minute Question Time special before election
- They will give Mr Farage the opportunity to make his case to Brexit supporters
- Tories and Labour fear his decision to stand candidates will rob them of votes
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is set to appear in two election shows announced by the BBC yesterday.
He is expected be one of the ‘leaders or senior figures’ from the major parties in a seven-way debate and is also being lined up for a 30-minute Question Time special to be broadcast in the run up to polling day on December 12.
The appearances will give Mr Farage the opportunity to make his case to Brexit supporters.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (pictured on Friday) is set to appear in two election shows announced by the BBC yesterday
Both the Tories and Labour fear his decision to stand hundreds of candidates will deprive them of votes.
The BBC also announced yesterday that it was airing a head-to-head debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson accused the broadcaster of being ‘complicit’ in an ‘establishment stitch-up’ by excluding her from the Prime Ministerial Debate.
The debate, which will take place in Southampton on December 6, will be hosted by Today programme presenter Nick Robinson.
The former BBC political editor will also present the Election Debate a week earlier with leaders or senior figures from the seven major parties.
Mr Johnson is not expected to take part and Labour would not confirm if Mr Corbyn will. Both would be replaced by other senior figures from their parties.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson (pictured on Friday) accused the broadcaster of being ‘complicit’ in an ‘establishment stitch-up’ by excluding her from the Prime Ministerial Debate
Miss Swinson said the Lib Dems would ‘pursue all options’, including legal action, to make sure it was given a platform in televised leaders’ debates.
The BBC’s head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro defended the broadcaster’s approach, saying it gives coverage to parties ‘in a way that relates to their different levels of electoral support’.
The Lib Dems have filed a complaint against ITV because Miss Swinson was not included in the channel’s planned head-to-head debate on November 19.
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