Mayor to chair Crawley election debate

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The mayor will chair an election debate at Crawley Town Football Club which will centre on cuts to public services.

Brenda Smith will take the chair during the debate – organised by anti-cuts campaigners Don’t Cut Us Out – on Monday April 20 from 7-9pm.

The Question Time style debate, The Choice, The Future for Public Services, will feature parliamentary candidates Henry Smith (Conservatives) and Chris Oxlade (Labour), the Bishop of Horsham and Margaret Guest, chair of Don’t Cut Us Out.

Further guests are to be confirmed.

Mrs Guest said the north of the county face “particularly difficult choices” when it came to delivering services such as hospitals, schools, fire and rescue and home care services while also making the savings required to balance its budget.

She added: “Of course there will be different views, and rightly so, about how to best achieve accessible, accountable and affordable quality public services; and how much responsibility for our health care – when needed – and our safety, is an individual, community or government matter?

“To what extent should the private and voluntary sectors be involved in delivering public services?”

The debate will be held in the executive suite at the Checkatrade.com stadium.

Questions can be sent in advance to thechoiceqt@hotmail.com .