Election 2019: Boris Johnson to clash with Jeremy Corbyn in live TV debate

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BORIS Johnson will challenge Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a live TV debate in 18 days, ITV has announced.

The Prime Minister and the opposition leader have selected ITV as their broadcaster of choice for what will no doubt be a hated debate designed to woo voters in one of the UK’s most crucial elections in years. ITV took to Twitter to make the announcement. The broadcaster said: “ITV will show the first head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on 19th November.

“Details of further multi-party debate and comprehensive general election coverage in due course.”

Followers of the broadcaster were quick to comment on the announcement.

One user said: “I mean where is @joswinson a woman who is contesting to be prime minister and Liberal Democrat’s the party in government.”

Another, asking ITV directly, said: “You are just trying to reenforce the 2 party system, this system is broken. Really really poor decision.”

Another said: “Greeeaaaat! Can’t wait!”

A fourth, referring to the SNP Westminster MP, added: “Please do not include Ian Blackford in any debates, he would send audiences to sleep.”

A fifth commenter said: “Can’t wait top see @jeremycorbyn lose it on live TV.”

MPs finally allowed Boris Johnson to hold a snap general election this week, as MPs backed the Prime Minister’s motion for a nationwide vote on December 12.

Mr Johnson hopes to secure a parliamentary majority to ensure his Brexit deal passes the Commons ahead of the new Brexit deadline of January 31.

But pollsters have warned he may struggle to secure the 320 seats necessary to get a majority, owing to the popularity of third parties.

Polling guru Sir John Curtice made the shocking prediction that a “record number” of non-Conservative MPs and non-Labour MPs will be in Parliament after the election.

He expects the SNP to win a vast majority of seats in Scotland and also believed the Lib Dems will do “extremely well”.

The politics professor at Strathclyde University told LBC: “We could have more than 100 MPs that do not belong to either of the other two parties.”

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