This debate at the King’s Lynn Academy has been cancelled in light of the tragic death of MP Jo Cox.
A debate aimed at helping those still undecided on whether Britain should leave or stay in the European Union is being held in King’s Lynn next week.
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and Toby Coke, the UKIP’s group leader in Norfolk, will champion their cases for Brexit at the King’s Lynn Academy next Friday.
Peter Smith, chairman of the Norfolk Labour Party and parliamentary candidate for South West Norfolk in the 2010 and 2015 elections, and West Norfolk Green Party spokesperson Michael de Whalley will explain why they think people should vote to remain.
The 90-minute debate, which has been organised by journalist David Blackmore with the support of the Queen Mary Road-based academy, the College of West Anglia, and the Church in the Woottons, will start at 6pm. Mr Blackmore will chair the debate.
“I’ve chaired similar debates in London in recent weeks where we’ve polled people coming in and leaving, and we’ve seen a huge number make up their minds having heard the speakers.
“Helping people make up their minds one way or another has been my sole focus in organising this debate for King’s Lynn. But, unlike the other debates, I’ve invited four speakers – two from each side – because even though Sir Henry and Toby want the UK to leave the EU, they have differing views as to why and I think people would benefit from hearing these arguments. The same can be said for Peter and Michael.
Each speaker will give opening and closing remarks and will each be allocated the same amount of time to answer each question.
Mr Blackmore added: “We are asking for people to submit questions in advance and we hope they will be happy to ask their question to the panel on the night. We will also invite questions from the audience towards the end of the debate.”
Mr Blackmore has asked that those submitted questions include their full name and indicate whether they will be happy to ask their question on the evening.
Questions need to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon next Thursday.