Election 2019 ITV debate LIVE: Boris and Corbyn to collide in first head-to-head contest

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The hour-long contest promises to be a fiery affair, with the Prime Minister and Mr Corbyn having the opportunity to scrutinise each other’s policy pledges and promises, while being grilled by a studio audience. They will also likely take the opportunity to scrutinise each other’s positions on Brexit ahead of the UK’s proposed departure from the European Union on January 31, 2020. Mr Johnson has received a huge boost ahead of the debate after a new leading poll saw his Conservative Party surge into a huge 18-point lead over Labour.

The opinion poll from Kantar of 1,176 people online between November 14-18 has seen support for the Tories jump eight percent to 45 percent from the last poll from the first six days ago.

The Labour Party remains unchanged on 28 percent but is seeing the distance to its fierce rival growing all the time.

The Prime Minister has written to Mr Corbyn demanding he answer four crucial questions during the debate.

Mr Johnson has challenged the Labour leader to say if he would vote to leave or remain in a second referendum, back party conference policy to extend freedom of movement, reveal how much more he would pay the EU for market access, and guarantee every Labour candidate would back his clouded Brexit policy.

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7.20pm update: Tories surge into huge 18-point lead at ‘expense’ of Brexit Party – poll

The Conservative Party has surged into a huge 18-point lead over Labour in a new poll ahead of the general election on December 12 at the expense of plummeting support for the Brexit Party.

The opinion poll from Kantar of 1,176 people online between November 14-18 revealed support for the Tories has ballooned over recent days.

This has increased eight percent to 45 percent from the last Kantar poll published six days ago. The Labour Party remains unchanged on 27 percent but is now a massive 18-points behind the ruling party just three weeks before the general election.

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