BBC's Daily Politics Announces 'Issues-based' Election Debates

From Monday 20 April at 2pm on BBC Two and 8.30pm on BBC News Channel, Daily Politics will be hosting a series of high profile live debates in the lead up to the election.

Senior figures from across the political parties will go head-to-head on the key issues including the environment, foreign affairs, the economy, education, home affairs, defence, health, welfare and trust in politics.

Andrew Neil will be accompanied by a host of BBC specialist correspondents bringing a wealth of expertise to the table, asking the tough questions and examining the issues in this unpredictable election.

For each debate, Andrew Neil will be joined by:

  • Monday 20 April: Environment: BBC Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin
  • Tuesday 21 April: Foreign Affairs: BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, Bridget Kendall
  • Wednesday 22 April: Economy: BBC Economic Editor, Robert Peston
  • Thursday 23 April: Education: BBC Education Editor, Branwen Jeffreys
  • Monday 27 April: Home Affairs: BBC Home Editor, Mark Easton
  • Tuesday 28 April: Defence: BBC Newsnight Diplomatic Editor, Mark Urban
  • Wednesday 29 April: Health: BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym
  • Tuesday 5 May: Welfare: BBC Social Affairs Correspondent, Alison Holt
  • Wednesday 6 May: Trust in Politics: Daily Politics Presenter, Jo Coburn

Daily Politics Election Debates, from Monday 20 April, live at 2pm on BBC Two and repeated at 8.30pm on BBC News Channel. On the days when the debates discuss health and education separate programmes will be broadcast in Wales and Scotland.