Audiences tuning in to BBC1 Question Time will be enjoying lively debate hosted by Theatre Severn tonight (January 13th, 10.35pm)
BBC1 Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce is set to present an hour of topical debate from Shrewsbury this evening. We can expect to see on the panel: Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales (Conservative) and Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding (Labour).
They are joined by Daisy Cooper MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and the party’s spokesperson on Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.
Plus the Chief Executive of Oxfam Danny Sriskandarajah and GB News presenter and commentator Isabel Oakeshott.
The flagship political debate programme is making a return to Shrewsbury for the first time in almost a decade, after a planned return for March 2020 was delayed by the first lockdown.
Shrewsbury food writer Anna Christoforou succeeded in securing a place in the audience after applying online and is hoping to ask the panel some tough questions about the cost of living and support for those feeling the squeeze, care for expectant and new mothers and problems in the NHS.
She said: "We had to submit three questions and then, when we get there, we have to write another question based on the most recent news. They will let us know once we're there if we're going to get to ask a question or not."
Anna said there that audience guests will have all been 'vetted' first: "I got a phone call and had to send my social media links before they told me I had a place. We're not allowed our phones in there."
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, welcomed the programmed to Theatre Severn: "We are delighted to welcome Question Time back to the county and to share the fabulous facilities we have at Theatre Severn. I hope they enjoy a lively debate and will be inspired to return," she said.