Alternative vote’ debate takes centre stage

CALDER Valley MP Coun Craig Whittaker and Liberal Democrat Coun Nader Fekri (Calder) will appear in opposing sides in a public debate on the Alternative Vote referendum.

The debate is being organised by Churches Together in Hipperholme and District and will take place at Christ Church at Hipperholme crossroads on April 15 at 8pm. Admission is free.

Coun Whittaker (Con, Rastrick) will urge people to vote ‘no’ in the referendum on changing Britain’s voting system from First Past the Post to the Alternative Vote while Coun Fekri will support calls for a ‘yes’ vote.

Representing the all-party campaigns will be Alex Story for ‘No to AV’ and James Baker for ‘Yes to fairer votes’.

The main part of the debate will be taken up with questions and comments from the audience.

Charles Brickdale, secretary of Churches Together in Hipperholme and District, said: “There are few issues more important than how we vote. This debate will be an opportunity for voters to hear the case for each side in the referendum, to ask questions and to voice their opinions.

“Whether you’re unsure how to vote or you’ve already decided, come along and contribute to this vital discussion; you never know, your mind might be changed or you might change someone else’s.”