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Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke and ex-government special adviser Dominic Cummings are set to go head-to-head at a debate on the European referendum.

The event, due to be held in Stamford on Friday, April 22, will see Mr Clarke speak in favour of the motion ‘This house believes that the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union’, while Mr Cummings will speak against.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union will be held on Thursday, June 23.

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals living abroad who have been on the electoral register in the UK in the past 15 years will be eligible to vote.

The debate has been organised by Stamford Welland Conservatives to give the people of Stamford and surrounding areas the chance to hear both sides of the argument.

Organiser Katherine Brown said: “The general public have a very big decision to make on June 23 and because it’s such a complex subject we thought it would be a good idea to organise a debate at which both arguments can be heard and put to the test.

“It’s not a party-political event, everyone is welcome to attend to listen and contribute. We are delighted to have secured the participation of two high-profile figures from both sides of the Brexit debate.

“Personally, I’m undecided on how to vote in the referendum and I hope the debate will help me make up my mind.”

The debate will be held at Stamford Welland Academy, in Green Lane, Stamford, between 7pm and 9pm.

After a brief introduction, Mr Clarke will speak for 30 minutes, followed by Mr Cummings. There will then be rebuttals, followed by a question and answer session.

Members of the audience will be asked to vote at the start and end of the event to see if and how opinion changes after hearing all of the speeches.

Mr Clarke, MP for Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, since 1970, has held a number of government posts including Chancellor of the Exchequer and Justice Secretary.

Mr Cummings, a leading anti-EU campaigner, was a special adviser to Michael Gove between 2007 and 2014.

Tickets cost £5 each and can be purchased by sending a cheque payable to ‘Stamford Welland branch GSCA’ to Andrew Moore at 15 Ryhall Road, Stamford, PE9 1UB. Please include names of attendees and a return address for tickets.



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