The BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel Four have named the dates for the three UK election TV debates. It’s still not clear that all the leaders will agree to take part or that the debates will go ahead if any decline.
The broadcaster drew lots and the order of the three programmes is scheduled to be :
2nd April: Debate between the Party Leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru on ITV.
16th April: Debate between the Party Leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru on BBC 1
30th April: Head to head debate between the Leader of the Conservative Party and the Leader of the Labour Party on Sky and Channel 4
ITV’s debate will be hosted by Julie Etchingham with David Dimbleby fronting the BBC show.
However commentators believe that David Cameron is unlikely to take part and The Liberal Democrats are angry that the broadcasters have put them on equal footing with Plaid Cymru.
An insider has said “it’s chaos. They are drawling lots before anything is even close to being agreed.”