30 January 2012
The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage MEP, will be a guest speaker for Canterbury Christ Church University's Making Politics Matter initiative on Friday, 3 February, 2012.
In a year which UKIP believe will be the ‘reckoning for the European Project’, with the Euro unlikely to be able to continue in its current form, Mr Farage will be asking: Should Britain leave the EU and would we be better off in or out?
Dr David Bates, Programme Director of Politics and International Relations at the University, said: “We are delighted that Mr Farage, a national party leader, has agreed to be a guest speaker for our Making Politics Matter series of public debates.
“Mr Farage’s views are well known. He is perhaps one of our most controversial party leaders, and the issue of Europe is often one which divides the political landscape – not least as a result of the current Euro crisis. We aim to host a lively and informative debate in which local people can have their say.”
Mr Farage’s talk is part of a series of Making Politics Matter events in which local and national politicians engage with key political issues to encourage debate and discussion.
The next event in the series will see Barry Sheerman, MP and former Chair of Education Select Committee, speaking on the topic ‘The Houses of Parliament Are Falling Down - can they be rescued by true democrats?’ on Thursday, 1 March.
‘Should Britain leave the EU and would we be better off in or out?’ will take place on Friday, 3 February 2012, 7pm at Canterbury Christ Church University, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury. The event is free and open to the public, no booking required.
Notes to Editor
- Nigel was re-elected Leader of the UK Independence Party in November 2010.
- He was elected the UKIP MEP for the South East of England in 1999.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey