Posted on 23 May 2016.
Speakers for and against Britain remaining in the EU have been confirmed for a debate at Leeds Trinity University on Friday 3 June, ahead of the EU referendum next month.
Ilkley-based former Labour MP for Selby John Grogan from Britain Stronger in Europe will be speaking in favour of remaining within the EU, after consistently voting for more EU integration while serving as an MP.
With a strong voting record on issues such as for equal gay rights, against university tuition fees and the Iraq war, he gained national press coverage for his campaigns while in office.
“The British referendum about Europe is exciting interest across the world,” said John. “I am looking forward to putting a positive case for the European Union at Leeds Trinity University as I believe that Britain is stronger in Europe when it comes to our economy, our security, our environment and our ability to exert real influence.”
He will be up against Yorkshire Chairman of Business for Britain, Carl Chambers, who will speak on behalf of the Vote Leave Campaign.
“Voting to leave the EU will allow the UK to take back control of its own destiny and restore its position as a self-governing democracy” said Carl. “The EU has failed to serve the UK’s economic interests in the way it should; the future growth in economic activity comes from outside the EU and our membership holds us back from fully participating in that growth.”
Qualified as both a barrister and a chartered accountant, Chambers is a strong believer in giving a voice to Yorkshire businesses in the referendum debates, and had already taken part in an open forum for small business owners in Yorkshire on the topic.
The debate at Leeds Trinity is open to anyone interested in the EU referendum – students, staff, alumni, prospective students, MP’s, business partners, members of the local community etc. and forms part of the University’s commitment to ensuring everyone can make an informed decision before casting their vote.
The debate will be supported by student speakers who will share why they are supporting each respective campaign. There will also be a paper ballot before and after the debate.
It will be held in the auditorium at Leeds Trinity from 10.00am – 12.00pm and has been organised in partnership with Leeds Trinity Student’s Union (LTSU).
To attend the event, please register your interest with Leeds Trinity. Tickets are free, and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited availability.
Updates from the event can be followed using #EUdebateLeeds.