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Hear both sides of the EU story at free debate

St Peter's, Sudbury.
St Peter's, Sudbury.

A free debate on the EU referendum is to be held in St Peter’s, Sudbury, on Friday, June 3, and the Free Press is inviting readers to send in questions they would like to ask the panel.

The panel includes South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge who is backing the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.

He will support calls to remain in the European Union alongside Liberal Democrat Babergh district councillor Sue Carpendale and Babergh Green Party member Robert Lindsay.

On the other side, South Suffolk Labour Party member and Sudbury town councillor Luke Cresswell, will join UKIP South Suffolk chairman Steven Whalley backing the campaign to leave the EU.

There is still a position on the panel supporting the ‘Brexit’. Anybody interested in joining the panel should contact ian.parker@suffolkfreepress.co.uk, explaining which organisation they will represent.

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

Mr Storey said it was important residents were given a chance to hear the potential positives and negatives of either decision.

“The outcome of the decision on the future of Britain in Europe will have important implications for businesses and residents of Sudbury.

“Interest rates, import and export costs, confidence in the economy and certainty on which to base both personal and business decisions are likely to be influenced by the outcome of the decision.

“Exactly how this will impact and how this will be costed and what is left in our pockets are important along with issues of sovereignty.

“In the run up to the vote, debates help to draw out the key issues on which we can base a decision. This debate will allow questions to be raised on issues of concern to those in Sudbury and I look forward to what should be a lively and enlightening evening.”

To attend the debate you must write to, or email, the Free Press. Entry will be on a reservation-only policy. There up to 400 seats available, given on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply to be in the audience, please email a maximum of two names, including addresses, to ian.parker@suffolk freepress.co.uk or write to Suffolk Free Press, Borehamgate, Sudbury, CO10 2EE. Children 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 as well as running the building, is also looking to raise funds for a £1.2 million revamp of the former church.

Refreshments will be on offer before and after the debate, which takes place from 7pm, as well during a short intermission. There will be collection buckets available for donations to the group. The evening is organised by the Free Press with support from the Friends of St Peter’s and volunteers from Sudbury Town Council.

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