The latest Tory leadership debate on July 26 between candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss was canceled after host Kate McCann fainted during the live broadcast.
“For viewers of tonight’s The Sun Showdown, there has been a medical issue. It’s not a security issue and the candidates are okay,” TalkTV said shortly after the televised debate abruptly halted halfway through.
TalkTV later said that McCann, its political editor, was “fine” but the channel received medical advice to not continue with the debate.
“We apologize to our viewers and listeners,” TalkTV added.
The channel started broadcasting again shortly afterward, but it cut to a different studio with presenter Ian Collins.
“Everyone is okay so that is the good news. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are still currently in the studio chatting with readers and answering those questions,” Collins said.
Sunak said on Twitter that it was “good news” that McCann was “already recovering.”
“It was a great debate and I look forward to getting grilled by you again shortly!” Sunak added.
Truss said she was “relieved to hear Kate McCann is fine.”
“Really sorry that such a good debate had to end. Look forward to catching up with Kate and the rest of The Sun [and] TalkTV team again soon,” Truss added.
The debate had been covering taxes, funding for the National Health Service (NHS), and rising living costs.
The pair took questions from the Sun readers, including a cancer patient who said he had not received proper support from the NHS.
“Why is the NHS broken?” the cancer patient asked.
Sunak said that he was “brave” to introduce a £12 billion ($14 billion) tax increase to pay for health social care, but Truss called raising taxes amid a cost of living crisis “morally wrong.”
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