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Newton Dunn challenges Helmer to debate on Europe in the East Midlands

February 27, 2014 11:30 AM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

The East Midland's Liberal Democrat MEP calls on his UKIP opposite number to a series of public debates across the region in the run up to May's European parliament elections.

Bill Newton Dunn
Bill Newton Dunn calls on UKIP MEP Roger Helmer to join with him in giving local people the chance to hear their different views about Britain's membership of the European Union before they cast their votes.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has already agreed to debate the issues with Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister.

Bill says that the national exchange should be matched by debates between the rival candidates in towns and cities across the East Midlands, and is waiting to hear Roger Helmer's response to his challenge.

Bill said:

"The Lib Dems are the party of IN and UKIP are the party of OUT, so I believe the people of the East Midlands should hear both sides of the story before they make their decision in May. The contrast between the views of the 2 parties could hardly be greater and we are at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to our attitude towards Britain in Europe."

"I believe that UKIP will put jobs at risk, reduce Britain's influence over decisions that will affect us, weaken our ability to promote the values we hold dear, and help to put our planet at risk by opposing measures to mitigate climate change. I want local people to know that."

"Helmer gets away with talking nonsense about the EU all of the time and now he needs to be held to account."

"I want to give him the opportunity to explain to the East Midlands voters why he holds these views and where his information comes from, because once he does it will be evident that he talks absolute rubbish and is putting our country's future at risk"

"I'm offering him the challenge and inviting him to take it up. Let's see if his views can stand the test of public scrutiny."

Mr Newton Dunn would welcome invitations from local groups who are prepared to host a debate between the MEPs. He can be contacted at