You are here: UNA Warwick District: General Election - Question Time On International Issues
23 November 2019 12:00pm - 2:15pm
Leamington Spa Baptist Church
Chandos Street Leamington Spa
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates representing
Warwick & Leamington Spa constituency have agreed to a Debate
Matt Western – Labour Party
Jack Rankin – Conservative Party
Louis Adam – Lib-Dem Party
Jonathan Chilvers – The Green Party
Now that General Election is well and truly underway the local UN Association have invited the Candidates representing our local constituency to come and join in a debate from an invited audience to answer questions from the floor relating to the many issues which are outlined below.
Please note the time of meeting is at 12:30 pm prompt.
Set of questions will be invited from the floor covering international issues and these would be made known to the prospective Parliamentary Candidates prior to the event. This would give the Candidates an opportunity to "do their homework" on the questions and not be put on the spot during the debate.
We would appreciate if you are able to submit a question for debate to the Candidates and perhaps let me have a question asap and at the same time indicate if you are able to attend /participate in the debate in person.
Please note also that this debate will not be about Brexit but equally some of the questions may have impact on Brexit.
The UK will hold a General Election on 12 December 2019. Clearly, the debates around the UK`s decision to leave the European Union will play a significant part in the national conversation. However, this poll, which will decide what policies the United Kingdom pursues for the foreseeable future, is far too important to be limited to any one issue. It is vital that parties and candidates address the range of - increasingly global - issues that impact on day-to-day lives; from our international network of trade and diplomacy, to climate change; surely the defining issues of our time.
We have been advocating longstanding policy positions on many issues which merit significant attention in the national debate including climate change, gender equality, human rights issues, prevention of atrocities, weapons of mass destruction, SDGs and cyber warfare. We also feel that 2020 is a make or break year for the international system. It will see the 75th anniversary of the UN, crucial summit on nuclear disarmament and climate change, and further debates between populists and their critics over the many value of multilateralism. 75 years ago the UK, then a very different kind of power, made a strong case for the creation of the United Nations. Similar bold leadership to reform our global system, and truly make it deliver for all, is called for once again. To this end we will be writing to the leaders of all parliamentary political parties and asking them to outline their strategy for international cooperation and bolstering the UN`s capacity to act.
Unfortunately we will NOT be able to provide Ploughman`s Lunch on this occasion.
However, there will be soft drinks and nibbles available for those who will feel peckish.