When is the first Sunak-Starmer election debate?

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With the clock ticking down to the general election 4 July, the major parties are facing a race to win over voters before poling day.

The Conservatives and Labour have been battling it out on issues such as the economy, immigration and national security so far and the parties’ leaders, Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer, are also set to square off in debate.

It is expected that the pair will take part in at least two debates during the campaign. The first of these will take place on Tuesday, 4 June and be broadcast by ITV.

The broadcaster has not yet confirmed what time the event will get underway.

During the last election, in 2019, ITV televised a live debate between former party leaders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn that took place at 8pm.

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Sunak and Starmer will take part in two televised debates (PA)

Mr Sunak had been hoping to debate his opposite number on a weekly basis in the hope that he could narrow Labour’s double-digit lead in the polls.

The Conservatives believe Mr Sunak will perform well in a televised showdown with the Labour leader.

And No 10 was also keen to try to turn the focus on to Labour’s policies during this election campaign.

Broadcasters are currently scrambling to organised the second of the debates,  which have been a key fixture of election campaigns after former Conservative prime minister David Cameron agreed to the first one in 2010.

However, they face the added challenge of trying to avoid a deluge of international football matches with 8pm kick-offs as the Euros football tournament gets underway in the middle of next month.

One senior source at a national broadcaster told The Independent it was “tricky – but we will make it work”.

Key days to avoid will be June 16, 20 and 25 – England’s group matches - and 14, 19 and 23, when Scotland plays its group matches.

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