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Nicky Morgan replaces Rutland MP in tonight's Any Questions? from Stamford

Nicky Morgan, a close associate of constituency MP Nick Boles, has replaced Rutland MP Sir Alan Duncan in tonight's Radio 4 broadcast of Any Questions, which takes place in Stamford Methodist Church.

A spokesperson for Sir Alan blamed "last minute diary pressures" for the Europe Minister pulling out of the show.

Ms Morgan, the Conservative MP for Loughborough, has worked with Stamford MP Nick Boles in his efforts to stop a 'No Deal' Brexit, including co-sponsoring a bill of his on the issue.

The former Secretary of State for Education during David Cameron's government also took to social media to say she was 'sorry' when Mr Boles quit the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association last month.

Tonight's panel also also includes UKIP leader Gerard Batten, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, and the President of the Liberal Democrats Baroness Sal Brinton.

The topical debate, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will be broadcast live shortly after the 8pm news.

Any Questions? is repeated on Saturday lunchtimes at 1.10pm and is followed at 2pm by the Any Answers? phone-in which gives listeners a chance to join in the debate.

The Radio 4 show, first broadcast in 1938, claims 1.5 million listeners a week.

Tickets for the programme were free and available from the Well, Stamford Methodist Church's coffee shop from 10am to 3pm. But all available tickets have now been taken.

Those with them are asked to arrive from 6.45pm and to take their seats by 7.15pm in time for the 7.30pm warm-up.


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