Tele­vi­sion de­bate makes for noisy view­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins -

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

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