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.
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"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.