STV confirms Scottish leaders debate ahead of General Election

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STV has confirmed a live TV debate with the leaders of the four main political parties in Scotland ahead of the General Election in May.

Scotland Debates will feature First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP; leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy MP; Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson MSP; and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP.

The debate will be chaired by STV’s political editor, Bernard Ponsonby, and broadcast live from The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Tuesday 7th April between 2000 and 2200.

Following the debate, a special edition of Scotland Tonight at 2230 will feature highlights and analysis.

Gordon Macmillan, STV’s head of news, said: “STV has an established track record of delivering election debates for viewers in Scotland and this debate will give members of the audience the opportunity to put their questions to the leaders of the four main political parties in Scotland.

“Live TV debates played a key part in STV’s coverage of last year’s referendum on independence and we anticipate a lively and engaging debate for viewers on 7th April.”

Scotland Debates will also air on ITV Border Scotland.

The debate will be streamed live on the STV Player.


For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143