Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are heading the Salfords MediaCityUK to take part in the first televised head to head leadership debate as they posture themselves to become the UK's next PM.
The show will be hosted by Julie Etchingham this evening (9th July) at 8pm and can be watched live on ITV.
The pair will battle it out in front of a 200 strong studio audience and after giving their initial opening statements they will be pressed on questions and issues raised by the ITV audience, debating directly with each other with Julie acting as moderator.
Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson 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 were drawn to decide the speaking order for the opening and closing statements.
The name drawn had the choice of whether to go first or second for their opening statement. The name not chosen had the choice of going first or second for their closing statement.
Jeremy Hunt's name was drawn, therefore he had first choice whether to speak first or second in the opening statements. Boris Johnson’s name was not drawn, therefore he could decide whether to speak first or second in the closing statements.
Jeremy Hunt chose to speak second in the opening statements, while Boris Johnson chose to speak second in the closing statements.
ITV viewers have submitted their questions, and those selected will appear in the studio audience to put their question direct to the leadership candidates.
Edited by KARL