Party leaders to join UK's first live streamed Q&A with young voters

Leaders Live kicks off on Wednesday 26th November Credit:

Political leaders have agreed to take part in the nation's first series of live streamed Q&A's in a bid to engage directly with young voters.

Each of the leaders will be grilled by a panel of celebrities including entrepreneur Jamal Edwards and singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle as well as YouTubers like Hannah Witton and Harry Hitchens.

Panellists will raise the issues their online followers want to hear about, but you can ask your own question using the #LeadersLive hashtag.

Leaders Live aims to drop the Westminster spin, political jargon and suits and open a new space for young people to engage directly with politics.

The live streams kick off at 6pm next Wednesday (26th November) with the leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett.

She will be followed by Ukip's Nigel Farage, Labour's Ed Miliband, the Conservative Party's David Cameron and Nick Clegg for the Liberal Democrats.

Leaders Live is being hosted by Bite the Ballot, in association with ITV News and Bite News, to encourage the national political parties to engage more with young people.

It follows a poll showing that six in ten Britons (59%) think the views and opinions of young people are ignored by politicians in Westminster.

Just one in three people aged 18 to 24 say they are interested in politics, according to the ComRes/ITV News Index survey.

The leaders will talk about three topics of their choice, but you will be able to vote on what the fourth topic should be from Sunday.

You can also put your own #LeadersLive questions to the politicians on Facebook and Twitter as the action unfolds, with the best ones being picked up by host Rick Edwards.

Leaders Live marks the first time the political leaders will be held to account by politicians on the social media channels they use.

TV Presenter and Leaders Live chair, Rick Edwards, said: