The leaders of the 5 main political parties in Wales will all be in Penarth tonight to take part in a live tv election debate to be broadcast from 20:00 to 22:00 on ITV Wales .
The ITV Wales Election Debate is an “all-ticket – invitation-only” event and is NOT open to members of the public at large.
The audience will comprise 250 pre-vetted ticket-holders who have all been specially selected to form a politically-balanced audience.
Because it’s not open to the public, the actual venue of the live programme is also being kept strictly under wraps.The debate will be the first time all 5 Wales party leaders have locked horns on live tv in the current General Election campaign .
The line up will be Andrew R T Davies (Conservative), Carwyn Jones (Labour), Mark Williams (Welsh Liberal Democrats); Neil Hamilton (UKIP Wales); Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru).
The speakers will make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate. They will also address questions posed by members of the audience.
The format will allow each speaker to give an uninterrupted brief answer to each question, before the debate is opened to moderated discussion between the speakers, for about 15 minutes on each question.
The debate will address four substantial election questions with “enough time allocated for a free-flowing debate between the speakers”.
The debate will be moderated by ITV Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters.