Paul Murray Live in Tamworth: Barnaby Joyce v Tony Windsor

Pic in Tamworth by @Barnaby_Joyce on Twitter

Pic in Tamworth by @Barnaby_Joyce on Twitter

NEW England MP Barnaby Joyce and his political rival Tony Windsor went head-to-head on Sky News' Paul Murray Live, from the Tamworth Hotel on Thursday night.

It's the first time the pair have squared off since Mr Windsor announced he would stand as an independent candidate for the seat of New England.

Mr Murray said New England was shaping up as one of hottest races of the election.

Here is how reporter Jamieson Murphy tweeted the night's event