In so many of the Free Speech debates we’ve had over the last eight months, whether live on BBC Three, Facebook, Twitter or on this blog, a lot of people’s arguments come back to one thing: immigration.
Whether you are in favour of the British immigration system or not, it affects all of our lives in many different ways. Jobs, housing, further education – all of these things are both positively and negatively impacted by the number of people coming into the UK.
And as economic times change, attitudes towards immigrants also change, with the majority of the population stating they would like to see less immigrants coming in to the UK.
This month’s show is live from Reading, a city which has twice the number of immigrants compared to the national average. And to debate the issues surrounding immigration, we have selected a panel who we think will do the debate proud:
Conservative MP for Reading West, Alok was born in India and moved to Reading with his family as a child. He is Vice Chairman of the Conservative party, and campaigned to allow Gurkhas to settle in the UK.
Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Luciana is a Labour party high flyer who’s previously campaigned against anti-Semitism.
Head of Online Engagement for the UK Independence Party, Michael has strong views on immigration.
As the panel get down with the debate, you can get down with the Power Bar – TV’s only Twitter controlled opinion tracker that lets YOU tell the panellists exactly what you’re thinking.
Tweet #YesName if you like what they’re saying and tweet #NoName if you don't.
The Power Bar moves in real time, meaning you no longer have to shout at the TV – now you can change it.
Here are the #hashtags you need to know:
Alok Sharma - #YesAlok #NoAlok
Luciana Berger - #YesLuciana #NoLuciana
Michael Heaver - #YesMichael #NoMichael
Stacey Dooley - #YesStacey #NoStacey
If Twitter's not your bag then get involved on Facebook where all of the questions will be debated live along with the show. Or simply leave your comments in the space below where they could be selected and read out by this month’s social media jockey. Speaking of which, all hail…
Sam is heading up this month’s Free Speech social-media-sphere, bringing the online debate to the studio floor. You might know Sam from BBC Three’s 60 Seconds where she presents micro round-ups of the big issues of the world – so she’s well practiced for our micro round ups of the big issues of the debate.
Let the debate begin...
• Free Speech is on tonight, Wednesday 3rd October, at 8pm, live on BBC Three.