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Catherine Bearder challenge’s UKIP’s Janice Atkinson to IN-OUT debate

Local Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has challenged UKIP to a public debate in the run up to May's European Parliament elections.



key_europhile.pngUKIP leader Nigel Farage has already agreed to debate the issues with Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister.

Catherine Bearder wants to see this national exchange matched by debates between the rival candidates in towns and cities across the South East.

So Catherine is challenging UKIP's second placed candidate, Janice Atkinson, to a debate.

Catherine is asking businesses and voluntary groups in the region to volunteer to organise the events which she claims will highlight the key issues of the campaign.

The MEP says she is waiting to hear Janice Atkinson's response to the challenge but is sure that this contest could inject more interest into the election battle.

She said: "The Lib Dems are the party of IN and UKIP are the party of OUT, so I believe the people of the South East should hear both sides of the story before they make their decision in May.

"The contrast between the views of the two parties could hardly be greater and we are at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to our attitude towards Britain and Europe. 

"I believe that UKIP will put jobs at risk, reduce Britain's influence over decisions that will affect us and help to put our planet at risk by opposing measures to mitigate climate change. Local people need to know that. 

"I'm offering Janice the challenge and have invited her to take it up. Let's see if her views can stand the test of public scrutiny."

Janice, who is the second placed candidate for UKIP in the South East, has been invited to debate with Catherine as their first placed candidate is Nigel Farage, who will be debating Nick Clegg.

Catherine added: "I'm happy to leave the leaders to debate. I look forward to a lively debate with Janice where people can really hear the arguments for IN versus OUT."

Catherine said she would welcome invitations from local groups who are prepared to host a debate between the MEPs. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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