ITV hosts live Election TV debate tonight - but who will show up?

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ITV tonight will host an Election TV debate, although its not clear who will actually turn up.

The ITV Leaders’ Debate will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm on Thursday May 18th.

Moderated by ITV News anchor Julie Etchingham, the primetime broadcast will offer viewers the opportunity to see leaders engaging directly in debate on significant election questions, put to them by members of the audience.

Invited are the leaders of the seven parties that were represented in the 2015 ITV Leaders’ Debate – the Conservatives, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.

However right now, the two main party leaders - Conservatives' Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn - aren't set to attend.

Set to appear are Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, UKIP's Paul Nuttall, SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and Green's Caroline Lucas.

The invitation remains open to all seven party leaders until the debate goes on air. The stage will have the right number of podiums for leaders who attend on the night.

The leaders will be able to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate.

During the live debate, leaders will address questions posed by the studio audience as well as viewers at home.

The format will allow each leader to give an uninterrupted answer to each question, before the debate is opened to moderated discussion between the leaders.

The debate will address substantial election questions with enough time allocated for a proper free flowing debate between the leaders.

The ITV Leaders’ Debate airs tonight on ITV at 8pm on Thursday May 18th.

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