Sky News has announced it will host the first televised debate with the Tory leadership candidates vying to replace Boris Johnson.

The live debate is scheduled for July 18 and will be hosted by Kay Burley.

Convened at the Sky News studios in West London, the contestants will face questions from a virtual studio audience.

John Riley, head of Sky News, said: “There has never been a more important time to restore voters’ confidence in the Prime Minister.

“These televised debates live on Sky News give the candidates the chance to reconnect with millions of people by discussing the key issues facing Britain.

“It provides a unique opportunity to re-engage a disillusioned electorate.”

So far, nine candidates have announced their bids for the Tory leadership – and a 10th.

They are:

  • Kemi Badenoch, former Minister for Equality
  • Suella Braverman, Attorney General
  • Jeremy Hunt, former Foreign Secretary
  • Sajid Javid, former Health Secretary
  • Penny Mordaunt, Minister for International Trade
  • Grant Shapps, Secretary of Transportation
  • Rishi Sunak, former chancellor
  • Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Nadhim Zahavi, the new chancellor

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to announce her bid shortly.

Mr Zahavi told Sky News he would stand in the debate.

On Sunday, the new chancellor faced scrutiny of his tax affairs.

He told Sky News he was “obviously gets dirty” amid allegations that officials raised a “flag” before he became chancellor on Tuesday – as reported by The Observer.

The debate will be broadcast free-to-air live on Sky News 501, on Sky News’ digital channels, streamed on YouTube and simulcast by our partner IRN Commercial Radio.

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