The success of the ITV1 Leaders Debate has inspired The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian to host their own versions.
So we have invited the candidates for the Morecambe and Lunesdale, and the Lancaster and Fleetwood seats to attend a video debate of local issues at our office.
The first ‘Great Debate’, with the Morecambe and Lunesdale candidates, will be held on Friday, April 17.
The debate with the Lancaster and Fleetwood candidates will be on Thursday, April 23.
We will be filming the Great Debate to air on our website www.thevisitor.co.uk and will also be broadcast live online.
The Great Debate is not open to the public due to space restrictions but, as a digital event, will still be interactive.
We have been asking you, our readers, to supply the questions for us to ask the candidates.
If you have a question, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy in email@example.com for Morecambe and Lunesdale or firstname.lastname@example.org for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Or you can tweet us your questions to @the_visitor or @guardiandigital or message us at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thevisitornewspaper or www.facebook.com/lancasterguardian
Questions must be phrased so all candidates can answer and should not be targeted at specific individuals, as we will have limited time for the debate and want to give all candidates equal opportunity to comment.
Serious questions only please.
We will also be live tweeting and blogging during The Great Debate. Get involved in the Morecambe and Lunesdale debate on April 17 at our twitter @the_visitor using the hashtag #MLDebate
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q - What will be the format of the Great Debate?
A - Each candidate will give a brief opening statement. Questions provided by the public will then be asked to the candidates by host, The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian content editor Greg Lambert.
Q - How long will the debate last?
A - We envisage the debate will last between an hour and 90 minutes.
Q - Is the debate open to the public?
A - No. This debate is a digital event, accessible to the public through the internet. It will be filmed and streamed live online. Readers can send us questions to ask the candidates. People can also get involved during the debate by tweeting The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian twitter. Our reporting team will be live tweeting and blogging during the debate. There will also be a full report of proceedings in our newspapers. We intend to ask as many questions as possible during the debate in the time we have. Answers by the candidates to supplementary questions will be available on our websites and in our newspapers in the coming weeks.
Q - How can we follow the debate online?
A - See our ‘How to follow The Great Debate online’ section on our website. Our coverage will begin at 11am on Friday, April 17. Stay tuned to www.thevisitor.co.uk for more details.
Q - What is the political stance of The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian?
A - The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian are politically neutral. The debates will be run fairly and without bias.
Q - Have all candidates for Morecambe and Lunesdale been invited?
A- All candidates for Morecambe and Lunesdale were invited to the debate. We gave four alternative dates for the debate in an attempt to ensure all candidates could attend. However it was not possible to find a date where all candidates were available, so we chose the date where most candidates could attend. Candidates who are unable to attend have been invited to provide an opening statement covering their policies, for the host to read out at the start of the debate.