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|Leaders will not sit side-by-side |
(about 20 hours later)
The leaders of Britain's three main political parties will not now appear side-by-side in a televised question-and-answer session with MPs.
It had been stated that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg would sit together on Tuesday for a discussion of parliamentary reform.
But they will now appear one after the other, in a format described as the "most effective" way to hear evidence.
The leaders will each get 20 minutes to answer MPs' questions.
Labour leader Mr Brown will start, followed by Conservative Mr Cameron and Liberal Democrat Mr Clegg.
They are taking part in a "Speaker's Conference", looking at how to increase the representation of ethnic minorities, women and disabled people at Westminster.
A parliamentary spokeswoman said: "The Speaker's Conference has concluded that the most effective way to interview the three party leaders is to call them to the table individually."
It had been stated last week that the leaders would be "sitting side-by-side, in the same way as they would when facing a parliamentary select committee".
The conference, chaired by Speaker John Bercow, was set up by his predecessor Michael Martin.
• You will be able to watch the whole event live on BBC Parliament and the BBC News website from 1030 BST on Tuesday 20 October