BBC to screen North East election debate

Picture: PA Wire
Picture: PA Wire

The BBC is to screen a special North East and Cumbria election debate tonight featuring voters putting questions to a panel of the region’s politicians.

The debate will be shown on BBC1 at 10.50pm tonight. It will be an opportunity for voters to quiz candidates from the major political parties on their policies and priorities for the North East and Cumbria.

The panel will feature Guy Opperman (Conservative), Julie Elliott (Labour), Helen Flynn (Liberal Democrats), Phillip Broughton (Ukip), Jill Perry (Green) – none of whom are standing in the Berwick constituency. The debate will be chaired by the BBC’s Carol Malia and Richard Moss and is being filmed at Gateshead College.

Phil Roberts, BBC head of regional and local programming in the North East and Cumbria, said: “Voters will be asking questions on all the big issues facing the region including the NHS, jobs, immigration and welfare.”

The BBC is broadcasting 12 regional TV debates simultaneously on Wednesday across England. In addition, BBC local radio in England is hosting more than 160 debates during the election campaign.

The Gazette is publishing video interviews with the six candidates standing in the Berwick constituency across this week. The first two are on energy and the environment and public services and spending.