General Election debate to be held in Cambridge
Feat. The Tories
On the 31st May the BBC will be descending on Cambridge to host their centrepiece debate of the election.
They will host the seven major parties including the Conservatives. The debate will be moderated by Mishal Husain a graduate in Law from Medwards.
Very few details have been released as of yet. “Senior Spokespeople” from Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP are scheduled to take part.
Theresa May recently controversially stated she was not planning on attending any debates stating that she “believes in campaigns where politicians actually get out and meet with voters.”
No venue has been confirmed; however, we do know that the Union is currently planning on hosting a zumba class on the same day, so unless the BBC has decided to radically change their debate format it seems unlikely to be held here.
The BBC and other broadcasters have arranged a line up of debates and similar events that line up almost perfectly with the Cambridge exam schedule.
In the 2015 general election the BBC hosted a similar debate with the widely noted absence of any Lib Dem or Tory representative. With the general consensus being that Ed Miliband won the debate it shall remain to be seen whether the BBC will do anything to change and adapt the format as this debate was at the centre over a controversy over a perceived audience bias, with Nigel Farage famously saying “This lot’s pretty left-wing, believe me.”
The BBC’s obvious solution to this criticism was to host their next debate in Cambridge.