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Conservative leadership candidates invited to take part in TV debate

Prime Minister Theresa May is quitting as Tory leader on June 7.

The front door of No10 Downing Street, official residence of the British Prime Minister.
The front door of No10 Downing Street, official residence of the British Prime Minister.

A TV debate will be held to quiz the candidates in the running to be the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

The BBC announced plans for a debate to take place in mid-June which will be moderated by the journalist Emily Maitlis.

The final two candidates will also be invited to take part in a special edition of Question Time where they will be asked questions by an audience.

Fran Unsworth, BBC news and current affairs director, said: “Although the final say will fall to Conservative party members, it’s firmly in the public interest for audiences to question and hear from the next potential prime minister.”

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Emily Maitlis will quiz the hopefuls (Ian West/PA)

On Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would be standing down as Tory leader on June 7.

Under the timetable set out by Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis and the 1922 vice-chairmen, nominations for leader will close in the week beginning June 10.

The party hopes to have elected a new leader by the start of Parliament’s summer recess.

Sky News will host a live head-to-head debate as part of the Conservative leadership election.

The two final candidates will take part in a live debate with a studio audience made up of Conservative voters presented by journalist Kay Burley.

John Ryley, head of Sky News said: “We’ve consistently pushed the agenda for leaders’ debates for over a decade, this will be another key milestone in the unprecedented political turmoil we’ve been able to witness.”

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