EDP online debate series starts

EDP readers and website users are being given the chance to question some of those responsible for the decisions that affect their everyday lives with a series of live online debates kicking off on Wednesday.

EDP readers and website users are being given the chance to question some of those responsible for the decisions that affect their everyday lives with a series of live online debates kicking off on Wednesday.

Chief constable Ian McPherson is first on the EDP24 cyber stage for the On the Spot debates, which aim to give the public a chance to hold the most influential figures in Norfolk to account for their decisions and actions.

It is an opportunity to quiz Mr McPherson on key issues such as community policing, call-out times, home office funding and council tax, measures to deal with anti-social behaviour and time-consuming paperwork that officers have to deal with.

And it will be the first in about 10 regular debates all featuring the prime movers and shakers in Norfolk life including health chiefs, MPs, Norfolk County Council chief executive David White and chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal Peter Wilson who will answer questions on Norfolk's entertainment and culture industry as well as on his own theatre.

Paul Durrant, assistant editor of the EDP, said the idea came about from the increasingly interactive nature of website use, particularly with EDP24.

“It seemed an ideal way to make use of this. The EDP sees it as great opportunity to hold the people who make decisions on our behalf accountable and give our readers direct access to them.”

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On the Spot with Ian McPherson takes place from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday so be ready to go online then and follow the link on www.EDP24.co.uk to ask the questions which will be answered live by Mr McPherson.

For those who cannot get online at that time questions can be emailed to webdesk@edp24.co.uk by 4pm although we do anticipate a high volume of interest in the debates so can not guarantee that all questions will be answered.

Further information regarding future debates will follow in due course.

www.EDP24.co.uk