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Euro-MPs to debate issues

April 21, 2014 2:36 PM
In Newark Advertiser
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

George Smid, Bill Newton Dunn MEP and Phil Knowles at Liberal Democrat Conference in YorkA public hustings will be held in Newark ahead of May's European parliamentary elections.

It is hoped candidates from all four main political parties contesting the Euro-elections will attend.

Prospective Euro-MPs Mr Rupert Matthews (Conservative) Mr Bill Newton Dunn (Liberal Democrat) and Mr Roger Helmer (UKIP) have all confirmed attendance with Labour's Glenis Willmott yet to do so.

The hustings will take place in the main hall at the Magnus Church of England Academy, Earp Avenue, Newark, from 7pm on Saturday, May 3.

Audience members will have the opportunity to hear what the issues are, how each candidate would represent the East Midlands, what they believe in and what they can achieve.

Key topics such as immigration, the Euro, human rights legislation, EU membership, import and export, funding, subsidies, trade, and the proposed UK referendum on whether Britain should be a part of the EU, are all possible subjects for discussion, as are issues the European Parliament has a say on, or has tried to affect, such as whole-life jail sentences.

The Advertiser will chair the meeting and is inviting readers to submit questions with their name and email address online at by email to news@newark or in writing to its offices at Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JX, in advance of the meeting.

A cross-section of the questions will be put to the panel for them to respond.

Only one question per person will be permitted. The author can ask the question in person if they attend on the night. If they cannot attend or do not wish to ask a question themselves, it will be put by Advertiser reporter Nicholas Carding.

Follow-up questions from the floor, but not comment, will be allowed but the chairman will move the debate on when appropriate.

There will be an opportunity for general questions from the floor at the end of the hustings.

The venue holds a maximum of 250 people. Entry is free and there is no need to pre-book.

Students from local secondary school sixth-forms have been invited to attend to generate interest among the next generation of voters.