Question time for politicians

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall

Political big-hitters will descend on Wigan for leading current affairs programme Question Time tonight.

A high-profile panel, including two party leaders, Government and shadow ministers and a top businessman, has been announced for the broadcast at a town centre location this evening.

Brexit minister David Davis, Labour shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall (pictured), the leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood and CEO of Siemens UK Juergen Maier will take questions on the popular BBC show presented by David Dimbleby.

Wiganers will be in the audience to quiz the panel on the most pressing issues on the day Greater Manchester goes to the polls to elect its first mayor.

The programme being filmed in Wigan could also have been given extra impetus since it was first announced by prime minister Theresa May’s decision to call a general election for next month, with voters potentially tuning in to gain an idea of which way to cast their ballot on June 8.

Audience members were picked to watch the show after applying through a process which asked them to write down the questions they would put to the panel.

The arrival of Question Time, one of the BBC’s flagship politics shows, is a major coup for the borough.

Wigan has previously hosted two episodes of the show’s BBC Radio 4 counterpart Any Questions?

Question Time from Wigan will be broadcast tonight at 10.45pm on BBC One.