Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
4 August 2016

Jeremy Corbyn vs Owen Smith: How to watch the Labour leadership debates

Some of the debates are yet to be announced. 

By Julia Rampen

If you’re not already a Corbynista or a confirmed Smithite, and you want to shape the future of the Labour party, you could find the Labour leadership debates pretty handy. 

Labour has promised to hold nine official debates around the country – all available to watch live on the party’s website

But there’s one problem. So far, only six of the nine Labour leadership debates have been confirmed. 

According to LabourList, a dispute has broken out between the rival campaigns about availability for a debate – which never happened – on 1 August.  

Smith, a relative unknown, has the most to gain from televised debates. Corbyn, on the other hand, is already packing out halls around the country. 

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.

You can submit questions for the debates on the Labour website here.

The first debate will be hosted by Catrin Haf Jones, from ITV Cymru Wales, on Thursday 4 August. It will be held at in the main hall of the All Nations Centre, Cardiff for Labour members. The audience is made up of party members who applied and were selected by ballot.

The debates so far:

  • Cardiff: 7pm to 9.30pm Thursday 4 August
  • Gateshead: 7pm to 9.30pm Thursday 11 August
  • Nottinghamshire: Wednesday 17 August – BBC
  • Birmingham: Thursday 18 August
  • Glasgow: Thursday 25 August
  • London: Thursday 1 September 



Topics in this article :