In the final run-up to the general election, Noel Thompson hosts a special debate - in front of a studio audience - featuring representatives from the five larger Northern Ireland parties.
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The NI Leaders' Debate - United Kingdom general election debates, 2015 - Netflix
The term “United Kingdom general election debates” of 2015 refers to a series of four live television programmes featuring the main political party leaders that took place in March/April 2015 in the run-up to the general election. After various prior proposals and arguments over which parties should be represented, there was a single debate between the leaders of seven British parties: David Cameron, Prime Minister (Conservative Party) Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition (Labour Party) Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister (Liberal Democrats) Nigel Farage (UKIP) Natalie Bennett (Green Party of England and Wales) Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland (SNP) Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) There was a second debate involving the “challengers”, those in the above list who were not members of the outgoing coalition government. There were also two programmes - one with Cameron and Miliband; one with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg - in which the leaders answered questions but did not debate head-to-head. Following the result of the election, a survey of 3,019 people, carried out by Panelbase, found that 38% of voters considered the debates to have influenced their voting intention.
The NI Leaders' Debate - BBC Election Debate 2015 (16 April) - Netflix
A debate between five opposition party leaders hosted by David Dimbleby was shown on BBC1 on 16 April. It was also available on the BBC News and Sky News channels. The debate was held at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London. The leaders involved were: Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition (Labour Party) Nigel Farage (UKIP) Natalie Bennett (Green Party of England and Wales) Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland (SNP) Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru) The other parties criticised Cameron's absence from the debate. Clegg, despite wishing to attend, was also omitted from the debate, with reports saying Cameron blocked his presence, but Conservative Party sources said the decision was the broadcasters'.
The NI Leaders' Debate - References - Netflix