Foreign aid on agenda at Thornton Heath debate, Jan 15

The charity Child Aid Lanka is staging a Question Time event in Thornton Heath next Thursday, January 15, with an impressive panel of guests, including Dominic Grieve MP, the Tories’ former attorney general, Suzanne Evans, the deputy chairman of UKIP, the LibDem’s Tom Brake MP, Tom Drake of charity WaterAid, and the MP for Lambeth South, Steve Reed OBE.

UK AidJust like the leaders’ debates planned for national television, there’s no Green Party member on the panel.

The focus of the debate – being held at St Paul’s Church Hall, St Paul’s Road, in an area of Croydon with an active Tamil community – will be foreign aid, and how it may be affected by any changes to government policy by the General Election outcome.

“Child Aid Lanka is a small charity which has already been affected by changes to Government policy, so we are very interested in what each party has to say on their foreign aid policies,” the organisers said.

“But our theme will have a wider response from the panelists given the government cuts to the benefits system and government spending which has particularly affected the poor in the UK.”

UKIP's deputy chair, Suzanne Evans, to debate her party's policy on foreign aid in Thornton Heath

UKIP’s deputy chair, Suzanne Evans, to debate her party’s policy on foreign aid in Thornton Heath

They expect to have a very full house, so please book your tickets promptly to avoid disappointment.

The event will be recorded for broadcasting; by attending, you accept being included in the broadcast.

There is no charge for attending the event, but the organisers will be asking for donations to their work in Sri Lanka. “Just £2 will buy a brick to help us give fresh clean water to more families and if everyone donates just £10 each, this will enable us to fund a complete additional well.”

Guests must arrive by 7.30pm for a 7.40pm prompt start.

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