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Rupert Wyman 3rd Mar 2010 - 21:36

Let the election debates begin

Back in December the three main political parties and broadcasters agreed to a deal for the country's first ever live prime ministerial debates in the run-up to this year's General Election.

The parties have now agreed on rules for the debates. There will be three debates with each of them lasting 90 minutes.

The first will be broadcast on ITV and the subject that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will be discussing is domestic affairs. It will be held in the north west of England.

In the second debate, broadcast live on Sky, the three leaders will discuss global affairs where one would have thought that the war in Afghanistan would be the most prominent issue.

The BBC will broadcast the final debate and here the leaders will talk about the economy and how they plan to rescue the country from recession and help reduce the massive national debt.

The debates are based on those that occur during a US Presidential election campaign. They are seen as key in reaching out to voters and a bad performance could all but end a party's hopes of forming the next government.

The debates will take place in the final three full weeks of the election campaign, although of course the date of the General Election is as of yet unknown, however it is widely expected to take place on Thursday 6 May.

The Conservatives are the current favourites in the betting at 4/7 to form a majority in the House of Commons and 1/7 to gain the most seats.

David Cameron will have to use the debates as a way of getting his message across as despite a deeply unpopular incumbent government the Tory leader has struggled to connect with the general public.

Gordon Brown's Labour Party will be seeking a historic fourth consecutive term in office, but look up against securing a majority. 8/1 is the price that they manage to secure a majority and it is 4/1 they win the most seats.

The Liberal Democrats in being the third party have little to no chance of winning a majority nor of winning the most seats (80/1).

However the Lib Dems could form a crucial role after the election as there is a very real prospect of there being a hung parliament and in this instance a coalition government would be required and they are the most likely coalition partners for both the Conservatives and Labour. It is 6/4 for there to be a hung parliament.

William Hill are also offering betting on a multitude of the constituencies so you can get involved in things locally as well as nationally.



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