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Lord Hurd chairs Euro debate

Lord Hurd
Lord Hurd wants more people to vote in the European election

Former foreign secretary Lord Hurd is chairing a debate with Oxfordshire's European election candidates to try and increase interest in the vote.

Douglas Hurd was Conservative MP for Witney and is known for his pro-European views.

The election for the European Parliament is on 5 June. Turnout in the 2004 vote in the UK was under 40%.

"We have a vote in the European parliament and we ought to use it," said Lord Hurd.

"The European Parliament has increasing power on the detail of EU decisions.

"There's lots to criticise about the EU, and it's right to criticise, and the European Parliament's a place where our representatives can criticise."

The debate is at Maison Francaise, Norham Road in North Oxford at 1930 GMT.

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