Thursday 21 November 2019

Ukip leader Nigel Farage to appear on BBC poll show

Ukip leader Nigel Farage
Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Tim Sculthorpe

Nigel Farage will take part in a Question Time-style special on BBC One shortly after David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are quizzed in the final pre-election TV showdown.

The Ukip leader will take audience questions in a 30 minute programme, to be broadcast in England only, called Election 2015: Ask Nigel Farage. The discussion will be chaired by Jo Coburn.

The programme, which will take place in Birmingham, will air after the News at 10 on the same night as a Question Time special featuring the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders. They will take 30 minute turns facing questions from the same audience in Leeds.

A Ukip spokesman said: "Nigel Farage is delighted to accept the BBC's invitation to once again engage with the British public."

In Scotland, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will face a similar programme in Glasgow, chaired by Glen Campbell.

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Meanwhile Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader, will do the same in Cardiff.

In Scotland, the programme will air at 9.30pm on BBC One. In Wales, the programme will go out at the same time as the one featuring Mr Farage.

The nationwide programme will be shown between 8pm and 9.30pm on BBC One, moderated by David Dimbleby.

All of the programmes will be broadcast on Thursday April 30 - exactly one week before polling day.

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Earlier, Mr Farage insisted he did not "lose my rag" when he attacked the audience in last night's live televised General Election debate for what he perceived as their left-wing bias.

The Ukip leader indicated that he would not be raising a formal complaint over the make-up of the audience with the debate's BBC hosts, saying he was too busy fighting the election.

Mr Farage was booed when he complained of what he said was "a remarkable audience even by the left-wing standards of the BBC" at the five-way "Challenger's Debate" in Westminster's Central Hall.

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