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Britain’s Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate - watch live the head-to-head between Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

Britain’s Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate saw Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson take each other on, head-to-head, as part of the Tory leadership race.

The live television programme was followed by a special online programme with analysis and reaction to the debate.

The two contenders aiming to take become the next prime minister have taken part in a live head-to-head debate on ITV.

Britain’s Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate was held in front of a studio audience in Salford.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson engaged directly in debate on the big issues including Brexit, the economy and their potential leadership styles, with questions put to them by ITV viewers.

The debate was moderated by Julie Etchingham.

Instant analysis and reaction to the head-to-head was available in a special online programme, Britain’s Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate - Unspun, hosted by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand.

You can also watch that on this page, or on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson will answer questions from ITV viewers.
  • What was the format of the debate?
Julie Etchingham will moderate the debate, live from Salford. Credit: ITV

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson both had the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme, and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate, which was held in front of a studio audience of around 200 people.

Lots were drawn to decide the speaking order for the opening and closing statements.

The name drawn had the choice of whether to go first or second for their opening statement.

The name not chosen had the choice of going first or second for their closing statement.

Jeremy Hunt's name was drawn, therefore he had first choice whether to speak first or second in the opening statements.

Boris Johnson’s name was not drawn, therefore he could decide whether to speak first or second in the closing statements.

Mr Hunt chose to speak second in the opening statements, while Boris Johnson chose to speak second in the closing statements.

ITV viewers had submitted their questions, and those selected were in the studio audience and put their question direct to the leadership candidates.

After making their opening statements, each candidate answered viewers’ questions and debated directly with each other, with Julie Etchingham moderating.