Debates at Lichfield Cathedral ahead of the EU referendum

Two debates on Britain’s future membership of the European Union will take place at Lichfield Cathedral.

The events will take place ahead of the EU referendum in June.

The first session – Reimagining Europe – is at 7.15pm on May 11 and will focus on ethical and historical factors which have shaped the European Union. Lord Richard Newby, member of the House of Lords and Liberal Democrat Chief Whip will discuss the broader aims of bringing people together and maintaining peace and freedom.

Among the issues he will discuss are equality and freedom of the individual, the influence the EU holds over fair democracy, common standards of working conditions and protection for vulnerable people.

Adrian Dorber

Adrian Dorber

The second event, the European Referendum Debate, will take place at 7.30pm on June 3 and will see the Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, chair a debate between two of Staffordshire’s MPs – Tristram Hunt seconded by Paul Ray, and Michael Fabricant seconded by Mike Horridge – on the case for and against Britain remaining within the European Union.

The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said: “These are important occasion to bring the community together and discuss a vital issue which will affect the country in the coming years.

“They will also provide opportunities to hear arguments on both sides, and to challenge our preconceptions. All are welcome to join us.”

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