VIDEO: MP James Heappey hosts EU referendum debate

PUBLISHED: 13:32 10 June 2016

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Wells MP James Heappey hosted a lively debate about the upcoming EU referendum last night (Thursday).

Mr Heappey welcomed guest speakers Ben Bradshaw and Tim Hegarty to the community hall in Highbridge where questions were taken from the floor.

Ben Bradshaw is Labour MP for Exeter and supports the Vote Remain campaign, while businessman and campaigner Tim Hegarty firmly sits in the Vote Leave camp.

Mr Heappey divided the debate into five sections which were: tourism and agriculture, immigration, sovereignty, security and the economy.

Ben Bradshaw’s opening statement said: “My father fought in World War Two and pledged that we would never have conflict like that in Europe again. We shouldn’t take peace for granted.”

Tim Hegarty said: “Every minute I talk will cost the British taxpayer £19,000. It is not Europe, it is the EU. I love Europe but I do not like the EU because it is undemocratic.”

Close to 100 people attended the event.

*For a full report on the debate, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Mercury.

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