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Bernard Jenkin MP joins debate

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The Free Press’ EU referendum debate on June 3, will now have two MP’s taking part after Vote Leave campaigner Bernard Jenkin joined the panel.

Mr Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, takes his place alongside Steven Whalley in trying to convince voters that Britain is better off leaving the European Union.

A final panellist will be confirmed shortly.

On the panel supporting the UK staying in the EU, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is joined by Liberal Democrat Babergh district councillor Sue Carpendale and Green Party member Robert Lindsay.

The evening will be chaired by Sudbury Chamber of Commerce chairman Chris Storey.

Mr Cartlidge said the debate was important for the town and the wider area.

“The most common question I have received from constituents on the referendum since the start of the campaign is not ‘where do you stand?’ Rather, it has been, ‘where are the facts?’,” he said.

“There are many genuinely undecided voters who want to understand more about the issues at stake and so I believe it is important that those of us in democratic positions of responsibility come together to debate the issues in an open and respectful manner.

“Of course, there will be sharp differences of opinion but the aim here is about public participation in this historic debate and I am delighted that the Free Press is taking the time to pull this event together.”

To attend the debate, which takes place at St Peter’s, Sudbury from 7pm, you must write to, or email, the Free Press.

Entry will be on a reservation-only policy. There are up to 400 seats available, given on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply to be in the audience on Friday, June 3, please email a maximum of two names, including addresses, to ian.parker@suffolkfreepress.co.uk or write to Suffolk Free Press, Borehamgate, Sudbury, CO10 2EE.

Children under 16 may attend but must be accompanied by an adult. You can also send your questions for the panel to the same addresses.

The deadline for reservations and questions is Friday, May 27.

These will be asked at the organiser’s and chairman’s discretion. Please state whether you will be attending on the night along with your question.

Although free to attend, the evening will support the Friends of St Peter’s, Sudbury, which is looking to raise funds for a £1.2 million revamp of the former church.

Refreshments will be on offer before, after and during a short intermission.

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