Great Yarmouth residents invited to debate migration and inequality

A meeting is taking place in the town hall. Picture: James Bass

A meeting is taking place in the town hall. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

A debate is taking place at the town hall to discuss the effects of migration, austerity and inequality have on British politics.

Great Yarmouth residents are being invited to take part in an open event at the Town Hall next week on Tuesday, discussing the effects that migration, austerity measures and inequalities have on political developments in the UK.

It is called 'An Age of Uncertainty? Political Effects of Migration, Austerity and Inequalities in the UK', and is the fourth in a series of public events organised by the University of East Anglia (UEA) to explore public perceptions.

Academics from UEA will host the discussion, involving the local community and specialists with expertise on the key issues, from 5.30-7.30pm, in the Council Chamber of Great Yarmouth Town Hall.

The event chair Prof Alan Finlayson from UEA's School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies said: 'This event offers an opportunity for the people of Great Yarmouth to talk about their hopes and concerns about current political developments and the effects they are having on society in the UK.'

'They will be able to discuss and debate these views alongside invited guests from a wide variety of academic and practical backgrounds. To make sure it's a real conversation – with everybody learning from each other – there won't be experts presenting from a podium. Everybody will be in the audience and everyone will have a chance to speak.'

Invited guests who will attend the debate include, amongst others, Dr Mike Brock (Lecturer in Microeconomics, UEA), Dr Shona Hunter (RCUK Academic Fellow, University of Leeds), Professor Ruth Pearson (Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, University of Leeds), Dr Becky Taylor (Reader in Modern History, UEA), Daniel Hastings, Julie Woods and Louise Tully (Neighbourhood Managers, Great Yarmouth), and Jason Smith (Senior Skills Connector, Voluntary Norfolk)

All audience members are encouraged to submit the questions or topics they would like to discuss during the debate in advance via this link:

The event is free to attend although online registration is encouraged via