Thelma Walker, the former Labour MP and now Northern Independence Party candidate in the Hartlepool by-election, tonight accepted an invitation to debate Labour candidate Paul Williams live on Socialist Telly.
Walker accepted less than 15 minutes after Socialist Telly extended the invitation:
Paul Williams has not yet responded. He will be represented by an empty chair in the debate if he fails to take up the challenge. A date will be set for the debate as soon as possible, depending on the response or lack of it from the Labour candidate.
Viewers will be able to submit questions via social media during the broadcast that will be put to both candidates, assuming both participate.
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