Tonight's Question Time Special could be the defining moment in general election campaign

Friday 22nd November 2019

Tonight Fiona Bruce will host a Question Time Special in which  the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrats will each take questions from the audience for 30 minutes.

It is the second occasion that Johnson and Corbyn will confront each other head to head , after ITV’s televised debate earlier in the week, but the inclusion of Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon promises to make it a more rounded affair.

The sparks are sure to fly and the proceedings are sure to rely on Bruce’s ability to maintain some semblance of order.

Time management will be imperative,  as will the nature of the questions chosen for debate.

The judgement of the first Johnson/ Corbyn clash was that neither emerged victorious, however now that Labour and the Lib Dems have published their manifestos, there are sure to be claims and counter claims about their contents.

Johnson will want to appear as the senior statesman, with the gravitas that the role of prime minister dictates, but in this company he could well appear to be full of hot air and bluster and the least suitable for the position.

While he is sure to concentrate on his Brexit message, the NHS has taken precedence in the electioneering headlines and he will have to bring more to the table to be convincing.

Interestingly, Johnson is still ahead in the polls, but the gap is closing which indicates among other things that the eventual outcome will be another hung parliament.

Given that the Sturgeon and Swinson are both ardent remainers in the European debate, and would find it impossible to merge in any way with the Tories, there could well be three people on stage tonight who could represent the make up of the next government.

Inevitably this issue will arise tonight and dependent on Johnson’s ability to rein himself in. this could well act in favour of all the opposition parties.

Two further Question Time Special are planned in the run up to December 12, which will give the Green Party and the Brexit Party their moment in the spotlight, but it certainly looks on paper as if tonight’s bun fight could be the most important main event.

UK Government After 2019 Election

Conservative Majority 1/3
Labour Minority 6/1
Conservative Minority 11/1
Labour – Snp Coalition 12/1
Conservative – Dup Coalition 18/1
Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition 22/1
Labour – Lib Dem Coalition 25/1
Labour Majority 25/1
Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition 33/1
Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition 66/1
Lib Dem – Snp Coalition 200/1
Lib Dem Minority 200/1
Conservative – Labour Coalition 300/1
Lib Dem Majority 400/1
Brexit Party Minority 750/1

UK Government After 2019 Election

5. Conservative – Dup Coalition
6. Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition
7. Labour – Lib Dem Coalition
9. Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition
10. Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition
11. Lib Dem – Snp Coalition
13. Conservative – Labour Coalition
Odds correct as of 12th Dec, 09:35 . Odds are subject to change.
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