Party leader debate - in English

The parliament's first party leader debate after the summer recess is translated into English by the parliament's official interpreters. You can follow it live here.

With less than a year to the next election, it may be time to brush up on where the parties stand on issues close to your heart.

This is the first time the new party leader of the conservative Moderates, Ulf Kristersson, will go head to head with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats in a debate in parliament.

It is also a debate that comes after all the parties have presented their budget proposals for next year, and after the MPs have had a chance to send in their individual proposals, known as private member's bills. A total of 3,851 such bills have been proposed this year, and some may find their way into the party leader debate.

But this is a chance for the party leaders to choose the topics they want to debate, and to argue in favour of the policies they represent. First, the party leaders have 5-7 minutes each to address parliament, and they do so in the order of their party's size in parliament. After that, each speaker will be debating with each other in turn, lasting for up to four minutes per ‘duel’.

The party leader debate is normally held in parliament three times per year, in January, June and October.

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