The Great Debate UK

Winner Clegg dodges fray of battle in debate


Tim Clark- Timothy Clark and David Greatbatch are professors at Durham Business School. The opinions expressed are their own. -

The debate is finished and the polls are in.  They consistently show that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was rated the best performer on the night.  Some instant polls put him over twenty percent ahead of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron.

Running up to the debate tonight most commentators agreed that Clegg had the most to gain given his general lack of exposure and profile with the electorate when compared to other two party leaders.

For the first time he was treated the same as the other party leaders.  His success tonight partly emanates from a much increased profile with many viewers, but his positive poll ratings also benefited from a number of features from the debate itself.