Television debate makes for noisy viewing
Tensions ran high as BBC’s Question Time was filmed in Folkestone last week, with host David Dimbleby telling the panel to “quieten down” in a debate centred on Britain’s membership of the EU.
The Quarterhouse, in Tontine Street, was the venue for the hour-long programme, broadcast last Thursday.
The line-up included Ukip leader Nigel Farage, Tory MP Chris Grayling, shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, comedian Eddie Izzard and columnist for The Telegraph, Allison Pearson.
The first topic to come up on the night was immigration, where Mr Farage reiterated his view that an Australian-style point system was needed as a way to filter immigrants into the country.
“Whichever way you look at it, immigration is the number one issue in British politics,” Mr Farage said.
“There is an impact on local schools, GP services… that’s why it is the number one issue.”
But Mr Izzard argued that migrants living and working in the country contributed more than £20 billion to the European economy.
Mr Grayling said the upcoming referendum was about “the future of our democracy and our trade relationships around the world”.
At one point Mr Dimbleby, warned that “the audience might Brexit” if the panelists kept interrupting each other.
Members of the audience were also heard shouting “shut up” as Mr Izzard questioned Mr Farage over his views on immigration.
Question Time was filmed in Folkestone last week