FORMER Chronicle reporter now TV anchor Lucy Meacock was the leading lady when it came to choosing questions for wannabe prime ministers in the first televised leaders debate.
Lucy who developed her journalism skills at the Chronicle in the 1980s and now fronts Granada Reports took part in the difficult process of selecting questions the party leaders should answer during the ITV special.
Chester resident Lucy sat alongside the head of ITV news, the programmes producer, presenter Alistair Stewart, and ITV lawyers to sift through the questions sent in by potential audience members.
She said: “It all had to been done under a veil of secrecy, because obviously we couldn’t have anybody knowing the questions before hand.”
“I was very proud to be chosen to be making this important decision on this historic occasion and be part of this process with some really very important people.”
She added: “I thought it was very important as a woman to be part of this process.
“Women often have control of the remote in a household so I thought it was important that a female view was taken into consideration.”
On the evening of the debate Lucy hosted the build-up programme while during it she sat in the “impartiality suite”.
Lucy said: “This was where each of the political parties had a phone line and if they had any problems with the debate, felt any of the rules were being broken, they could ring through. Luckily we didn’t have the problems apart from those that have been widely publicised, that the SNP and Plaid Cymru thought they should have been more involved.”