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BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ broadcasts live from Truro High School

The snap general election, Cornwall’s Brexit vote and Truro's application to be EU Capital of Culture were all up for debate last Friday as one of the most prestigious political radio programmes in the UK broadcast live from Truro High School for Girls.

Over 200 people packed out the school’s main hall to weigh in on the week’s hot topics with broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’.

The flagship political panel programme, which is heard by more than 1.5 million listeners from across the country each week, goes out live on Friday evenings at 8pm on BBC Radio 4. It is repeated on Saturday afternoons at 1.10pm.

It was the programme’s first broadcast since the Prime Minister, Theresa May, called a snap General Election last week and proved a lively affair with much heated debate between the panel of high-profile guests.

Panel members included the President of the European Movement and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Ashdown, Labour Whip Thangam Debbonaire MP, Farming and Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP and the Express columnist and former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe.

The panel, chaired by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, fielded six different questions from audience members concerning the snap general election, progressive alliance in centre left politics, the triple lock pension, John McDonnell the Shadow Chancellor’s call for higher tax rates for those earning £70,000+, the Cornish Brexit vote and whether there will be ongoing government support for the region to make up the shortfall from the loss of EU subsidies, and lastly Truro’s application to be EU Capital of Culture in 2023.

Headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie said: “Tonight’s broadcast has been an absolutely fantastic evening with an animated and diverse audience really joining in the full spirit of debate. At Truro High, we encourage our girls to think critically, formulate opinions and question the status quo so the opportunity to engage in debates of national importance is truly inspirational. We very much hope the programme will join us again.”

Each week ‘Any Questions?’ visits a different part of the country with a diverse panel of four speakers who answer questions from the audience. The programme provides the opportunity for people to challenge leading politicians, policy makers, writers and thinkers.

The broadcast is currently available to listen to BBC Radio IPlayer.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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