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General Election debate tonight: Latest news as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn go head-to-head on ITV

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HEAD TO HEAD

TONIGHT'S General Election debate on ITV will kick off at 8pm.

As Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn go head-to-head, the PM is expected to grill the opposition leader on Brexit.

Follow our live blog below for all the latest General Election 2019 news and Brexit updates.

  • Brittany Vonow 's avatarBrittany Vonow2 minutes agoNovember 19, 2019

    KEEPING ORDER

    Julie Etchingham is ready to go for tonight's debate.

    She's a go-to journalist for big political debate shows and will certainly show her mettle tonight.

    You might recognise her face from the multiple specials she has done – and she has previously chaired a televised debate between David Cameron and Nigel Farage.

  • Brittany Vonow 's avatarBrittany Vonow8 minutes agoNovember 19, 2019

    CORBYNQUISITION

    BORIS Johnson has demanded Jeremy Corbyn answer four big questions on Brexit during their first TV clash tonight.

    The PM has called on Corbyn to say…

  • Brittany Vonow 's avatarBrittany Vonow16 minutes agoNovember 19, 2019

    READY TO RUMBLE

    Corbyn's here!

    The Labour leader waved as he arrived at Media City ready for the TV showdown with BoJo.

  • Natasha Clark 's avatarNatasha Clark22 minutes agoNovember 19, 2019

    CATCH PHRASE BINGO

    Elsewhere, ‘nationalisation’ is 1/3 to get a call-out, as is ‘coalition of chaos’. While popular topics such as ‘university fees’ (5/4), ‘working class voter’ (6/4) and ‘for the many not the few’ (2/1) are also tipped for a mention.

    Controversial topics such as ‘Jennifer Arcuri’, who has been linked with the PM and ‘For the many not the Jew’, which was recently said to Corbyn from an audience member, are rated 2/1 and 20/1 respectively to be said by either speaker.

    Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Johnson and Corbyn take to the podiums tonight in their first televised debate of the general election campaign – and if you’re sick of hearing the word ‘Brexit’, you might want to put your telly on mute.

    “Corbyn is currently our favourite to win, and with the Tories ahead in the polls, this could be his chance to change the narrative of the campaign so far and pull Labour into the game.”

    ITV LEADERS DEBATE WINNER (SETTLED ON YOUGOV POLL)

    4/5        Jeremy Corbyn

    EVS       Boris Johnson

    CATCHPHRASE BINGO: WHAT WILL CORBYN OR JOHNSON MENTION?

    1/10     Get Brexit done

    1/8        Broadband

    1/7        Dither and delay

    1/3        Coalition of chaos

    1/3        Nationalisation

    5/4        University fees

    6/4        Working class voter

    2/1        For the many, not the few

    2/1        Jennifer Arcuri

    2/1        Margaret Thatcher

    3/1        Propped up by billionaires

    5/1        Forty new hospitals

    5/1        Fairytale

    8/1        Bus

    10/1     New Labour

    10/1     Workington Man

    20/1     For the many not the Jew

  • Natasha Clark 's avatarNatasha Clark22 minutes agoNovember 19, 2019

    CORB ON TRACK FOR WIN?

    Paddy Power make the Labour leader 4/5 to win the ITV debate – which is settled by a snap YouGov poll – which puts him just ahead of Boris Johnson who is evens.

    And, the bookies have priced up a catchphrase bingo of what each politician may mention on the evening, and it’s no surprise that Brexit features heavily.

    It’s rated odds-on 1/2 that the word ‘Brexit’ is mentioned over 20 times in the one-hour debate, 2/1 for between 10-20, and 7/1 to be uttered any less than that.

    It’s no surprise, then, that Conservative slogan ‘Get Brexit done’ is rated the most likely to be said at 1/10, shortly followed by the word ‘broadband’ at 1/8, related to a recent campaign pledge from Corbyn.

    At odds-on 1/7, ‘dither and delay’ is well-fancied to feature, which is a term the Prime Minister previously used to describe Corbyn’s Brexit plan.

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