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UK PM election debate between Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak compromised after TV show host faints on air

UK PM Election race: McCann, Talk TV’s political editor, had been scheduled to co-host alongside The Sun’s Harry Cole, but he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier Tuesday.

AP Reported By: AP London Published on: July 27, 2022 14:37 IST
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Image Source : AP Liz Truss, right, and Rishi Sunak during The Sun's Showdown: The Fight for No10, the latest head-to-head debate for the Conservative Party leader candidates, at TalkTV's Ealing Studios, west London, Tuesday July 26, 2022.

Highlights

  • A televised debate between the candidates to become next UK PM was compromised.
  • Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, who are running to replace Boris Johnson, were debating.
  • The camera was on Truss, who flinched and said “Oh my God” before the transmission was cut.

UK PM election race: A televised debate between the candidates to become Britain’s next prime minister had to be abandoned on Tuesday after the host fainted on air. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, who are running to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, were debating on the Talk TV channel when a crashing sound was heard.

The camera was on Truss, who flinched and said “Oh my God” before the transmission was cut. TalkTV later said in a statement that moderator Kate McCann “fainted on air tonight and although she is fine, the medical advice was that we shouldn’t continue with the debate.”

The debate was sponsored by The Sun tabloid and Talk TV, both owned by Rupert Murdoch. McCann, Talk TV’s political editor, had been scheduled to co-host alongside The Sun’s Harry Cole, but he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier Tuesday.

The incident happened about half an hour into the hour-long debate, as Truss and Sunak sparred over taxes, how to help families struggling with the soaring cost of living and the best way to fund the National Health Service.

The pair are battling to succeed Johnson, who quit as leader of the governing Conservative Party on July 7 after months of ethics scandals triggered a mass exodus of ministers from his government.

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