FREE PRESS DEBATE: Doncaster Central candidates to go head to head

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As the countdown to the most unpredictable General Election in decades gets underway Parliamentary candidates in the Doncaster Central constituency are set to go head-to-head in an exclusive debate, backed by the Free Press.

And we want to offer you, our readers, the opportunity to be at the forefront of the hustings by putting YOUR questions on what matters to YOU at the debate on April 25.

Labour candidate Rosie Winterton, who has represented the ward since 1997, will be placed in the hot seat along with fellow election hopefuls, David Burnett of the English Democrats, UKIP candidate, Chris Hodgson, and Mev Akram of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition who have all signed up to attend the debate. 
Liberal Democrat candidate, John Brown, and Conservative Party candidate Zoe Metcalfe have also been invited to the debate but have not yet confirmed their attendance.

The debate, held at Doncaster’s Little Theatre, has been arranged by event co-ordinator Nadeem Murtuja in partnership with South Yorkshire Newspapers and community groups including the Migrant Rights Network, Yorkshire Tax Payers and Fairness Forum and the Just human rights organisation.

We want to give our readers a voice to ask questions on election hot topics including: education, health, housing, immigration, the European Union, the economy, poverty, elderly, children, equality and fairness, crime and safety, taxes and the NHS.

Free Press content editor, Chris Page, urged people to sign up to attend the exclusive hustings.

He said: “We’re excited to be able to give our readers the chance to put their questions to the Doncaster Central candidates.

“We want you to get involved, and let the election hopefuls know what matters to you.

“Make sure you don’t miss out.”

The event will be held between 6pm and 9pm, and around 50 readers will be invited to the debate.

To register to attend the event please send your question along with your name, address, and contact number to by no later than midday on Wednesday, April 22.

Selected readers will be contacted in due course on the number provided.

The debate will be available to watch at, and readers will also be able to keep up to date with the debate on Twitter by using the #DoncasterCentralHustings hashtag, or by following @DonnyFreePress and @SarahM_SYN