SOUTHAMPTON will host a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the general election.

The two political leaders will face off live in Southampton on December 6 - less than a week before votes are cast.

In a recent social media post Mr Johnson said he was looking forward to the debate, adding that he could not wait to share the Conservative Party's positive vision for Britain.

According to a Labour spokesman, the party would consider all opportunities to explain its plans to voters, which are touted as the most radical, people-focused this country has ever seen.

However, Lib Dem candidate Chuka Umunna has criticised the debate, saying it was wrong an undemocratic not to include his party in the head-to-head debate to represent those who "want to stop Brexit".

The BBC were unable to provide any more information about the debate or its location.

The Daily Echo has contacted Southampton University, Solent University, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the Mayflower Theatre - all of which confirmed they would not be hosting the debate.