BBC Midlands Today anchor man Nick Owen is to chair a live regional election television debate focusing on key issues that matter to voters in the West Midlands.
The debate which broadcasts at 10.40 pm, BBC One, on Tuesday 27th April takes place in Birmingham?s Town Hall. It offers members of the hundred-strong invited audience a chance to put their questions to a panel of local parliamentary candidates including John Hemming (Lib Dem), Liam Byrne (Lab) and Caroline Spelman (Cons).
Nick Owen, who has been covering General Elections since 1976, stresses the importance of this forty minute regional TV debate; ?It gives a decent length platform for us to tackle regional issues such as the economy, job prospects and immigration without having to cut things up for sound bites.?
He adds: ?The Town Hall historically provided citizens of the city with a forum for political debate so it is great opportunity to carry on this tradition.?
The debate will give the public the opportunity to examine proposed policies and manifestos, and explore the issues that matter most in the West Midlands.
This coverage is in addition to national output including the Prime Ministerial Debate, Question Time and comprehensive election night coverage.