Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Opposition, will face the public in a televised show-down in York, the BBC announced today.
The event, due to take place on June 2nd, will be hosted by the BBC’s Question Time, less than a week before the General Election on June 8th. May and Corbyn will face a series of audience questions consecutively, as David Cameron and Ed Miliband did in 2015.
However, it does not appear that they will be debating each other simultaneously. It is also not yet known where the event will take place in York.
In a separate development, Jeremy Corbyn will also be coming to York on Wednesday May 10th. Details of the event however, are not confirmed.
The BBC also revealed that there will be a similar style debate between Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish National Party. The televised clash will take place in Edinburgh on June 4th.
ITV has also announced plans for an election debate between party figures, potentially including politicians from the SNP, the Greens and UKIP. However, both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have both said that they will not attend.
York is represented by two constituencies, York Central and York Outer. Yorker Central, which encompasses popular student areas, Hull Road and Fishergate, is represented by the Labour MP, Rachael Maskell, making it the only constituency in North Yorkshire not held by the Conservatives.
However, York Outer, in which the University is located, is represented by the Conservative MP, Julian Sturdy.
The General Election is expected to be won decisively by the Conservatives, with website Electoral Calculus predicting a Tory landslide of a 158 seat majority.