STV has announced that the first televised leaders’ debate of the 2024 General Election will air on STV and STV Player at 9pm on Monday 3 June.

John Swinney (leader of the Scottish National Party), Douglas Ross (leader of the Scottish Conservatives), Anas Sarwar (leader of Scottish Labour) and Alex Cole-Hamilton (leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats) will debate the key issues facing the country ahead of the General Election on 4 July.

The 90-minute programme will be hosted by STV’s Political Editor, Colin Mackay, from the broadcaster’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow. Mackay will first question the leaders before they cross-examine each other.

Following the debate, Scotland Tonight presenter Rona Dougall will be joined by a panel of guests to provide instant reaction and analysis.

The STV Leaders’ Debate is the first of two televised debates airing on STV next week. A head-to-head between Rishi Sunak, leader of the Conservative Party, and Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, will follow at 9pm on Tuesday 4 June.

Blockquote open Ahead of major votes like the forthcoming General Election, we know many viewers value having the opportunity to hear political leaders set out their plans for the country and debate the issues that matter most to the electorate.

STV is pleased to be broadcasting the first leaders’ debate of the election campaign. An in-depth and robust head-to-head, it will likely set the agenda for the coming weeks in Scotland. Blockquote close

Linda Grimes Douglas Head of News & Current Affairs at STV

The STV Leaders’ Debate airs on Monday 3 June at 9pm on STV and STV Player.

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