Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Northern Ireland TV debate clashes with big three’s rematch

A TV debate between Northern Ireland party leaders will clash with the first re-match between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

The Labour, Tory and Lib Dem leaders go head-to-head again this Thursday night live on Sky News, starting at 8pm. But the last 30 minutes of their eagerly-anticipated 90-minute encounter will clash with the start of a Northern Ireland General Election debate on UTV.

It will be broadcast at 9pm, and will include the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Fein, UUP and SDLP. A follow-up UTV programme at 10.30pm will feature TUV leader Jim Allister and Alliance leader David Ford.

Rob Morrison, UTV Head of News and Content, said: “The UTV Leaders Debate is a first for local television and for Northern Ireland politics.

“The four main political party leaders will appear in the UTV studio head-to-head to debate the top electoral issues; jobs, financial security, health, education, the looming public sector budget and jobs cuts and, of course, policing and justice.”

The 9pm debate will be chaired by Jim Dougal, who said: “I am looking forward to putting the questions that matter most to the people of Northern Ireland to the four main party leaders.”

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