A member of the NFU’s national livestock board will be among those putting the questions to George Osborne and Ed Balls, as Sky News kicks off its election coverage proper today.
Tanya Robbins will help scrutinise the parties’ economic credentials in a live ‘Ask the Chancellors’ Q&A special between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The Gloucestershire farmer will also feature in a preview interview at midday.
Tanya joins an invite-only audience of entrepreneurs, opinion formers and business people.
She lambs 480 ewes on a tenanted farm at Stow-on-the-Wold with husband Tom, and is likely to put Britain’s declining self-sufficiency and the prospects for policies backing British farming to the politicians.
The event is being held at the Facebook offices in central London. As well as being live on the TV, it will be live streamed on the Sky News Facebook page and YouTube channel.
On Twitter, viewers are being encouraged to get involved using #AskTheChancellors.
Mr Osborne’s track record will be scrutinised from 2.30pm, with Mr Balls facing the questions from 3.30pm. A similar session featuring the two party leaders follows on Thursday at 9pm, in a joint Sky and Channel 4 production. Again, the participants will face separate questioning.
The only full debate will be on 2 April, and hosted by ITV, involving seven party leaders including those from UKIP, the Greens, theSNP and Plaid Cymru.