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Live, televised election debate takes place tonight


The leaders of seven UK political parties are today preparing for a live, two hour televised debate which will be shown live on ITV, the BBC news channel and streamed on the BBCs election live page.

The seven leaders taking place represent: the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, The Green Party, UKIP, SNP and Plaid Cymru. It will be the only time that David Cameron and Ed Miliband will face one another in a debate before the election takes place.

The debates will start at 8pm and will be televised from Media City in Salford, with a audience of 200. It has been claimed that the debate, which is the first of its kind in the UK (the debate held in 2010 only had the three main parties taking part) marks the end of two party politics in Westminster.

The scheduled debates will include a live question and answer service, and each leader will be allowed to give an uninterrupted one0minute answer to questions posed by members of the studio audience. After that, there will be up to 18 minutes of debate on each question, which the leaders will not have seen before.
A recent YouGov poll suggested a small Labour lead, 36% compared with 35% for the Conservatives, with Lib Dems on 7%, UKIP on 12% and the Greens on 5%. There is a strong chance the UK might see yet another hung parliament, which means the stakes are high for all parties.

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