A BBC Question Time special saw leaders from all seven political parties go head to head in front of an audience of under 30s. Up for debate were climate change, Brexit and trusting politicians. Hosted by Emma Barnett, the debate featured Nigel Farage for the Brexit Party.
Also attending was secretary of state for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick for the Conservatives and shadow education secretary Angela Raynor for Labour.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson also faced the debate, the SNPs were represented by justice secretary in the Scottish government Humza Yousaf, Plaid Cymru by their leader Adam Price, and for the Green Party, co-leader Jonathan Bartley.
Express.co.uk asked readers to vote on who they thought came across the best in the debate on Monday night, and there was a clear winner.
In total 2,901 people voted in a poll which spanned 11 hours.
BBC QT debate results: Nigel Farage topped Express readers poll in Monday’s debate
The winner of the debate according to Express.co.uk readers was Nigel Farage, who achieved 1,249 votes or 44 percent.
In second place was Conservative Party representative Robert Jenrick, with 778 votes or 27 percent.
Angela Raynor for Labour came in third with 359 votes or 13 percent, in fourth was the SNP’s Humza Yousaf with 68 votes – three percent.
Jo Swinson for the Lib Dems, Jonathan Bartley for the Green Party and Adam Price for Plaid Cymru all tied for fifth place with just one percent of the vote.
A staggering 10 percent – 287 people – said they did not know who won.
BBC QT debate results: Robert Jenrick got 27 percent of the vote for the Tories
Express.co.uk poll results
- Nigel Farage, Brexit Party – 1,249 (44 percent)
- Robert Jenrick, Conservative Party – 778 (27 percent)
- Angela Rayner, Labour Party – 359 (13 percent)
- Humza Yousaf, SNP – 68 (3 percent)
- Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrats – 55 (1 percent)
- Jonathan Bartley, Green Party – 55 (1 percent)
- Adam Price, Plaid Cymru – 50 (1 percent)
- Don’t know – 287 (10 percent)
Express readers believed Mr Farage came across as the most honest of the seven politicians.
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One Express reader commented: “Nigel Farage – he tells it like it is, doesn’t lie and is resented by all other politicians because of his honesty – something they don’t understand the meaning of”.
Another said: “Of course Nigel won, he is the only one who tells the truth, doesn’t try to score cheap political points and is completely honest!
“All the rest were grandstanding on the lies they have consistently told to try to win the election.”
A third wrote: “Nigel by a mile… I had to switch off as i couldn’t stand the bickering by all the parties who have ruined this country over the last five decades.
BBC QT debate results: Labour’s Angela Raynor achieved 13 percent of the vote
BBC QT debate results: Nigel Farage came out on top with 44 percent
“At least the Brexit party have never been guilty of that crime… Nigel just sits there and watches them tear lumps out of each other. LOL”.
However, some believed there were no winners in Monday night’s debate, as the bickering got in the way of the debate.
One reader wrote: “It was so, so , funny, seven different parties represented and not one of them could agree on what’s best for the UK.
“All at each others throats to score a election point, but all they did was cancel each other out.
“Glad we are having a election to sweep all this dross out and maybe get some real politicians in.”
In the latest opinion polls on voting intention in Thursday’s election, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party are in the lead with 42 percent of the vote.
However, ICM poll – taken between December 6 and December 9 – showed the gap between Labour and the Tories narrow slightly.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party had been behind the Tories by between eight and 15 points in the six most recent polls, but in the ICM poll, the gap is just six points.
The Labour Party had 36 percent, while pro-European Union Liberal Democrats were down one point at 12 percent.
And despite the enthusiasm for Mr Farage, the Brexit Party’s position was unchanged at three percent.
BBC QT debate results: Liberal Democrats got only one percent of the vote
The poll also found 36 percent of respondents thought a majority in parliament for the Conservative Party would be the best outcome for the country.
This was a big gap over the 23 percent who felt a majority for Labour would be best.
When looking at the favourite, a Conservative majority still remains the most likely scenario, according to bookmakers comparison site Oddchecker, with odds currently sitting at 1/3.
Oddschecker political analyst Ali Thrupp said: “Taking the odds as fact, the Tory majority has a stranglehold on the general election markets, but the behaviour of punters on the week of the vote is notable.
“Could it reflect a shift in the feeling of the electorate too?
“Just days before the country goes to the polls, we’re seeing a sharp increase in bets on the ‘No Overall Majority’ outcome and specifically on a Labour minority government.”
Overall Majority Betfair Exchange Odds
Tory Majority – 1/3
No overall Majority – 3/1
Labour Majority – 41/1
Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “Boris Johnson’s reaction yesterday to questions over the NHS have not impressed a lot of people and it seems punters on the Betfair Exchange might be among them with the Tories odds of an overall majority lengthening over night from 1/4 to 1/3, while no overall majority is now at 3/1 from 4/1 this time yesterday.
“While the Tories are still heavily favoured for the win, their advisors will know that any further gaffes from the PM could have an impact even with just 48 hours to go.”