Televised Prime Ministerial debates: how to ask a question

From the joint BBC / ITV / Sky news release:

All three debates will be broadcast in mid-evening slots in front of a studio audience selected by ICM. Members of the audience will be able to put questions to Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg directly. Viewers are also able to submit their own questions in advance by email via the addresses below.

Each of the programmes has a pre-determined theme for half of its airtime, with the remaining time open to questions on any election issue.

The First Election Debate will be broadcast on ITV1 on Thursday 15th April from 8.30pm to 10.00pm. Its themed section will be on domestic affairs and it will take place in the North West of England. The debate will be moderated by Alastair Stewart. Viewers can submit questions via the email address: [email protected]

The second debate, The Sky News Debate will be broadcast on Sky News on Thursday 22nd April from 8pm to 9.30pm. Its themed section will be on international affairs and it will take place in the South West of England. The debate will be moderated by Adam Boulton. Viewers can submit questions via

The final debate, The Prime Ministerial Debate, will be broadcast on BBC One on Thursday 29th April from 8.30pm to 10pm. Its themed section will be on economic affairs and it will take place in the Midlands. The debate will be moderated by David Dimbleby. Viewers can submit questions via the web address:

The broadcasters drew lots to determine the order of the debates and the allocation of themes. Representatives of the parties drew lots to determine the order of speaking. Mr Clegg will open the first debate. Mr Brown will open the second, and Mr Cameron will do so in the third programme.

Of course, the really big question is how many of my 10 predictions for the general election debates will turn out to be right.

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  • I think that the comments made about the policing system and keeping crime off our streets that were made by the liberal democrats regarding drug addicts was somewhat diluded. Addicts cost our society far too much money with needle exchanges and methadone treatments etc. To assume that many of them actually embrace help and actively take part in any help that is offered is a complete load of rubbish. They are a public nuisance and already have far too much of the tax payers money spent on them as well as the stealing and public nuisance that they make of themselves. We should not even entertain spending any more money on them and suggest that additional help would be of no advantage. They don’t want help any way. I have indirectly worked with addicts for a long time and some of them are nice people but they all talk the talk but won’t walk the walk.

  • We are supposed to be a Christian country.Nick Clegg is an atheist.If he became prime minister he would have to attend religious events with the Queen.How repugnant!

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