MediaCityUK to host ITV showdown between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt
ITV has confirmed that the first televised head-to-head debate between Conservative Party leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will take place in Salford.
Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm tonight, hosted by Julie Etchingham.
It will be held at dock10 studios at MediaCityUK, which also hosted leaders' debates during the election campaigns of 2015 and 2017.
Johnson and Hunt will both have the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme, and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate, which will be held in front of a studio audience of around 200 people.
Lots have been drawn to decide the speaking order for the opening and closing statements, with Johnson going first in the opening statement and Hunt first with the closing statement.
After making their opening statements, each candidate will answer questions submitted by ITV viewers and debate directly with each other.