20 November 2019 08:39
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have taken part in the first televised debate of the 2019 General Election campaign. "Leaving aside your own party preference, who do you think performed best overall in tonight's debate?" Boris Johnson – 51%Jeremy Corbyn – 49% (Figures rebased to exclude don't knows) Further results to follow shortly at: pic.twitter.com/WHZivErxlE — YouGov (@YouGov) November 19, 2019 Chris Curtis, YouGov's political research manager, said: "Our snap poll shows that the public is divided on who won the debate, with most Labour voters thinking Jeremy Corbyn won, most Conservative voters thinking Boris Johnson won, and very few people changing their minds. Asked whether the public could trust Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the PA news agency: "Trust in British politicians is not particularly high but what they do want to see is what you do, what you are capable of delivering. Asked about the audience's laughter at Boris Johnson when asked about telling the truth, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster told reporters: "There was open laughter at Jeremy Corbyn's failure to answer the questions on Brexit. Responding, Mr Johnson said: "I would probably leave a copy – since you want a literary reference – a copy of my brilliant Brexit deal." Pressed by host Julie Etchingham to give a non-political answer, Mr Johnson said: "Mr Corbyn shares my love of plants and trees.
Mr Johnson was shut down as he tried to again ask Mr Corbyn on whether he would campaign to leave or remain in a second referendum. Both Mr Corbyn and Mr Johnson said they would invest in public services and increase government spending after a General Election. The two leaders shake hands on a pledge to improve the tone of politics #ITVdebate pic.twitter.com/qsso5bSz0F — ITV News (@itvnews) November 19, 2019 Etchingham asks them both to make a pledge to improve the nature of political debate in the UK – Jeremy Corbyn attacks Mr Johnson's record in the final few weeks of Parliament particularly comments about female politicians. The next audience question is about trust – Mr Johnson answers first saying trust in politics and Parliament has been "corroded" and says the way to restore it is "to get Brexit done". Jeremy Corbyn hits back with 'we've witnessed 9 years of chaotic coalition already' when challenged by Boris Johnson over a potential pact between Labour and SNP #ITVDebate — Sam Blewett (@BlewettSam) November 19, 2019 Meanwhile, Mr Johnson asks Mr Corbyn repeatedly if he will campaign for Leave or Remain in a second referendum, but the Labour leader repeated sidesteps that part of the question, although he says his party will abide by the referendum result.
The Financial Times reported that while campaign insiders said the decision was not "100 per cent confirmed" Mr Sunak - who was an early backer of Mr Johnson for PM - was the favourite to stand in, as it was signalled the Conservatives did not see Friday's event as crucial. Mr Johnson is still set to appear in a head-to-head debate with Jeremy Corbyn tonight, as well as one further debate in the future and a Question Time special. The First Minister's challenge follows the SNP's exclusion from tonight's televised head-to-head debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Mr Johnson - a format Ms Sturgeon declared was "deeply undemocratic". The BBC said the show would "feature a seven-way podium debate between leaders or senior figures from the seven major GB political parties". Boris Johnson could be replaced in scheduled televised leaders' debate The prime minister looks set to get Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, to represent him in one of the election campaign's most major television debates.
The 39-year-old former Goldman Sachs banker was an early backer of Boris Johnson in the party's leadership campaign, and is the frontrunner to represent the Tories in a seven-way debate hosted by the BBC on November 29. According to the Financial Times, Conservative campaign insiders said that while the decision of who the party would put forward for the BBC debate was not "100% confirmed", Sunak was the clear favourite to stand in for the prime minister, who is unlikely to participate. Johnson is still set to appear in a head-to-head debate with Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday night, as well as one further debate in the future and a Question Time special.