Strong opin­ions aired in EU ref­er­en­dum de­bate

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE econ­omy and farm­ing pol­icy got peo­ple fired up at a de­bate on the EU Ref­er­en­dum.

Around 60 peo­ple at­tended the de­bate hosted by the Hope in North East Cheshire group at Mac­cles­field Methodist church with a panel of rep­re­sen­ta­tives both for and against Bri­tain leav­ing the EU.

Panel mem­bers for re­main­ing in the EU were Karen Bradley, MP for Stafford­shire Moor­lands and El­iz­a­beth Jewkes, chair­man of the Lib­eral Demo­crat Chris­tian Fo­rum. Tony Home­wood, Con­ser­va­tive party mem­ber and con­sul­tant for the Leave cam­paign and UKIP mem­ber Jac­que­line Smith spoke for leav­ing the EU.

Rev Mar­ion Tug­wood chaired the meet­ing and took ques­tions from peo­ple as they ar­rived. The ques­tions were put to the panel and there were com­ments from the floor.

Rev Tug­wood said: “It was a heated de­bate. Things got very lively and I had to keep a tight con­trol of the de­bate. The key top­ics were the econ­omy and agri­cul­tural pol­icy, and con­cerns about ed­u­ca­tion from young peo­ple.

“Some came with their minds made up but some came for in­for­ma­tion. It’s such im­por­tant topic so we felt we should have an open fo­rum for res­i­dents to hear both sides.”

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