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30Apr/100

The fourth debate: party leaders respond to civil society

On Monday afternoon Citizens UK is staging the “fourth debate” – the biggest event of the election campaign.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and a senior Labour representative will tell 2,500 people why their Government would be the best for civil society – and specifically address six issues in our “People’s Manifesto”.

Although they won’t debate with each other on stage, it will be the last time before the polls that all three leaders address the nation from the same stage.

And unlike the prime ministerial televised debates which millions tuned into but which involved almost nobody, at the Citizens UK assembly the candidates will be responding to an agenda which reflects the priorities of ordinary people.

There will be music, powerful testimonies and political negotiation. This is a people's assembly – of the sort many thought no longer existed.

Three days before the nation goes to the polls, the leaders will be quizzed on their commitments to specific policy pledges – on wages, housing, immigration and the recognition of civil society.

Excited? You bet.