Join us at EU referendum debate in Heacham

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Have your say

It’s the biggest political decision we’ll have to make in generations and we want you to join in our EU referendum debate.

The Lynn News has teamed up with the churches in Heacham to stage a debate on Tuesday, June 7, just 16 days before voters go to the polls.

Jo Rust is talking about her positive experience of a gastric band and losing 90 per cent of her stomach following a freak problem. ENGANL00120130520084958

Jo Rust is talking about her positive experience of a gastric band and losing 90 per cent of her stomach following a freak problem. ENGANL00120130520084958

The event will take place at the village’s St Mary’s Church, starting at 7pm.

And it will be jointly chaired by Rev Veronica Wilson, the vicar of St Mary’s, and Rev Steve Oliver, the village’s Methodist minister.

Rev Wilson said: “We all have an important decision to make and we’re very pleased to be able to host an event in which we can hear both sides of the debate and reach our own conclusion.”

Our panel will have two speakers supporting the two sides of the argument

Representating the Remain campaign are Robert Colwell, lead volunteer for the StrongerIN campaign in West Norfolk, and Jo Rust, secretary of the North West Norfolk constituency Labour Party.

Mr Colwell said: “I have never been involved with politics before but I did not want to sit back and watch our great country destroy itself by leaving the EU.

“After the economic downturn of 2007, I saw first hand in my job the emotional and psychological effect that financial strain can put on families and children.

“We can prevent this but we must go and vote remain on June 23.”

Opposing them will be Matthew Hannay, the North West Norfolk constituency co-ordinator for the Vote Leave campaign, and Toby Coke, the UKIP county councillor for the Gayton and Nar Valley division.

Matthew, 17, who is studying politics, law and sociology at the College of West Anglia, said: “I believe that the UK can do so much better than being part of a European Union that is wholly anti-democratic and that seeks to make laws and regulations on practically every aspect of our lives, whilst looking after the interests of big business.

“We should not have to be dictated to by an unelected EU Commission and have our trade deals made for us.

“I believe that an independent UK will thrive outside of the EU by lifting some of the regulatory burden that small and medium size businesses face, by re-engaging with the outside world particularly those in the Commonwealth who we turned our backs on in 1973, and have a Parliament and a Supreme Court which is sovereign.”

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To submit questions for the debate, email heacham.vicar@gmail.com.