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UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews in event billed as campaign kickoff

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to get in a car as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to get in a car as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, right, during a live televised interview, in west London, Thursday March 26, 2015. Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Miliband, the Labour Party leader, was set to follow, they weren't expected to share a stage at the studio. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau, Pool)

    Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, right, during a live televised interview, in west London, Thursday March 26, 2015. Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Miliband, the Labour Party leader, was set to follow, they weren't expected to share a stage at the studio. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, center, stands with Jeremy Paxman, right, and Kay Burley ahead of the TV interview in west London, Thursday March 26, 2015. Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Miliband, the Labour Party leader, was set to follow, they weren't expected to share a stage at the studio. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau, Pool)

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, center, stands with Jeremy Paxman, right, and Kay Burley ahead of the TV interview in west London, Thursday March 26, 2015. Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Miliband, the Labour Party leader, was set to follow, they weren't expected to share a stage at the studio. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

It's not a debate, but live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband are being billed as a campaign kickoff less than two months before Britain's general election.

Conservative leader Cameron went first in the show Thursday night, facing harsh questions from prominent TV journalist Jeremy Paxman. Cameron said Britain's economy is growing and the deficit cut.

Miliband, the Labour Party leader, was set to follow, with each expected to face 45 minutes of questioning from Paxman and a studio audience. They weren't expected to share a stage at the studio.

They are leading contenders in the May 7 general election, but other parties are expected to play a major role. A more formal debate is set for next week with other party leaders participating.