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Soton to host Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in a live debate

The TV debate will happen six days before the election


In the run-up to the general election on the 12th December, the Conservative and Labour leaders will engage in a live debate, which will be held in Southampton.

The BBC Prime Ministerial Debate will take place on Friday 6th December on BBC One's Question Time.

The Soton Tab contacted The Point in Eastleigh, who have previously hosted BBC's Question Time, and they said they would not be hosting the debate "on that date."

The University of Southampton, Solent University, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Mayflower Theatre have also confirmed they would not be hosting.

Boris Johnson tweeted 'I can't wait' in response to the debate

Jeremy Corbyn tweeted with the hashtag #bbcqt (BBC Question Time): "We'll bring real change."

A Labour spokesman said it would "consider all opportunities to explain our plans to voters", which it called " the most radical, people-focused campaign this country has ever seen".

The Liberal Democrats are excluded from the debate

But the Liberal Democrats are excluded from the debate and have called the decision "another establishment stitch-up to shut down debate" and said they would take legal action against the BBC.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said: "After three years of chaos, it is shocking that the Liberal Democrats – the strongest party of Remain – are being denied the opportunity to challenge Johnson and Corbyn on Brexit."

Fiona Bruce, host of Question Time, said: "Question Time has a proud history of giving the public – the voters – the chance to put their points and questions directly to their elected representatives. That's never more important than during an election campaign."

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