Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn? This is who you think was better in the first leaders' TV debate

More than six million people watched the first live leaders' debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, which aired on ITV on Tuesday, November 19.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 11:57 am
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:27 pm

Following the Conservative and Labour leaders’ appearance, we asked you who you thought came off better.

In a Facebook poll, which saw around 2,600 Gazette readers take part, the votes were in favour of Mr Corbyn.

The Conservative leader took 30% of your votes, with Labour leader Mr Corbyn in the lead with 70%.

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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn took part in the first leaders' TV debate of this General Election campaign on Tuesday, November 19.

Some readers called for a change in the leadership of both parties.

After the programme, ITV said that Johnson v Corbyn: The ITV Debate, hosted by newsreader Julie Etchingham, was watched by a peak of 1.1 million 16-34 year olds.

The debate was up against Holby City on BBC One and MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two, which both aired during the same time slot.

The leader of the Conservatives clashed with the Labour leader over their rival plans for Brexit during the heated debate, with Mr Corbyn describing the Prime Minister's pledge to "get Brexit done" by the end of January as "nonsense", while Mr Johnson suggested his rival was "not fit to lead our country".

Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn also contested issues concerning the NHS and a further referendum on Scottish independence in the first televised debate of the General Election campaign.

There are further leaders' events planned ahead of the election, with the BBC hosting a Question Time special on Friday.