Ahmad to debate with O’Connell on eve of London elections

“After eight years of Boris, London needs a Labour Mayor.”

Marina Ahmad campaigning in Croydon earlier this month with Labour's candidate for Mayor, Sadiq Khan

Marina Ahmad campaigning in Croydon earlier this month with Labour’s candidate for Mayor, Sadiq Khan

As a motion for debate, it suggests only one answer, though given it is the topic up for discussion in true blue Old Coulsdon, at the Purley and Coulsdon Debating Society’s monthly meeting, the outcome is far from a foregone conclusion.

The organisers have done well, though, to secure for their event just 10 days before London goes to the polls for the Mayoral and Assembly elections Steve O’Connell, the Tory councillor for Kenley who for the past eight years has also been pocketing a healthy wedge of public money for being the AM for Sutton and Croydon (not that anyone will have noticed), and Marina Ahmad, Labour’s candidate for City Hall.

The debate, on April 25, is, like all Purley and Coulsdon Debating Society events, to be held at Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired, Grange Park, Coulsdon Road CR5 1EH from 8pm. The venue is served by buses 466 and 60 from Croydon.

And those in the audience will be able to have their say, too: “Attendees welcome to give short speeches after the tea, snacks and wine interval,” the organisers say.

The next debate, at the same venue on Monday, March 7, is on the motion “No trees, no bees, no us”, to be proposed by Peggy Brown, while Pauline Payne, in opposing, will presumably be arguing for global destruction…

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