Nigel Farage has been invited to take part in the televised party leader debates ahead of next year’s General Election.
The Ukip leader has been offered a position alongside Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in one of three political debates that will be held in 2015.
The proposals suggest the party leader debates will take a different format to that used during the 2010 election. They outline one head-to-head debate between the Prime Minister and Ed Miliband, one debate between the three main party leaders, and one debate featuring the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Ukip leaders.
Ukip won its first seat in the House of Commons in last week’s by-election, and the party says its target is to win 25 seats in next year’s General Election. This will be the first time that Nigel Farage has had a chance to share a platform with all three party leaders in a televised debate.
Under the current proposals, Sky News and Channel 4 will broadcast the head-to-head debate between Cameron and Miliband, which will be chaired by former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman.
David Dimbleby will present the debate between the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dem leaders on BBC. And ITV will show the debate featuring Nigel Farage, chaired by ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham.
The broadcasters involved have written to the four party leaders outlining the proposals. The three debates are scheduled to take place on 2nd April, 16th April and 30th April ahead of the election itself on 7th May 2015.