UK General Election 2019: BBC-Chatham House Foreign Policy Debate

Thes event gives Chatham House audiences the opportunity to put their foreign policy questions to a panel of senior UK politicians.

Members event Recording
28 November 2019 — 10:30AM TO 11:30AM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

As the United Kingdom prepares to go to the polls on 12 December 2019, this event, organized in conjunction with the BBC show, The World Tonight, will give a Chatham House audience the opportunity to put their foreign policy questions to a panel of senior UK politicians.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the BBC. It will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 – The World Tonight. Given the BBC’s commitment to due impartiality during the election period, questions will be asked to be pre-submitted via email by audience members the day before the event. The BBC will then select a balanced and diverse range of questions from those submitted. The panellists will not receive the questions in advance of the event.

Due to the expected popularity of this event, this event will be balloted. Please register your interest for the event by 11:59pm on Monday 25 November. Successful registrants – selected at random – will be notified on Tuesday 26 November and then invited to submit their questions. The BBC will contact directly those audience members whose questions they select.

As priority will be given to members, we are unable to register members’ guests for this event.


Stephen Gethins, Candidate for Fife North East and Shadow Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2018-19), Scottish National Party (remote)
Dominic Raab, Candidate for Esher & Walton, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State (2019), Conservative Party
Emily Thornberry, Candidate for Islington South & Finsbury and Shadow Foreign Secretary (2016-19), Labour Party
Chuka Umunna, Candidate for Cities of London & Westminster and Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2019), Liberal Democrat Party
Chair: Ritula Shah, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4

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