13th September 2002




Members of the public are being invited to participate in a European Question Time at the University of Lincoln on Thursday evening (19th September).


The event aims to debate the future of the European Union and the public are being encouraged to attend to pose questions and discuss key issues with the panel of experts.


Three East Midlands MEPs - Roger Helmer MEP (Conservative), Bill Newton-Dunn MEP (Liberal Democrat) and Phillip Whitehead MEP (Labour) – will be joined on the panel by Ian Barnes, Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Integration at the university.


Chaired by Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the university, the event is being jointly staged by the university and  UK Office of the European Parliament.


The Question Time will take place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus commencing at 6.00 pm. 


The invitation is open to all who are interested, whether it is to participate or just observe.  Admission is free and refreshments will be available.


“This is a crucial period both for the European Union and for the role of the United Kingdom within it,” said a university spokesperson.


“If all goes to plan we are about to see a major expansion of the union which could increase its membership from 15 to 25 and its population by 70 million.


“A referendum on membership of the single currency is also coming closer in the UK.  All these issues and others besides will be open for discussion at our event, which is designed to allow ordinary people to meet their MEPs and have their say.”


For further details please call the university on 01522 886042.




For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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