Derbyshire Debates Its Present..And Future

21 November 2011

Professor John Coyne

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, Professor John Coyne, is one of the panel members of The Derbyshire Debate hosted by the University.

This will be a great opportunity to debate what the current economic, social and political context means for our county.

Professor John Coyne

Politics, law and order, the economy and the media will all be up for discussion as Derbyshire stages its very own Question Time style debate.

'The Derbyshire Debate' will borrow from the format of the long running BBC TV series but add its own county flavour; providing a panel of experts with significant local influence in the areas of education, law, politics, religion, business and the media.

Audience questions will be put to them during The Derbyshire Debate event in The Courtroom, at the University of  Derby's Kedleston Road site in Derby, from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday 30 November.

The event is free but those wishing to attend are asked to book a place via website - where they can also submit a question which may be chosen as a topic for the evening - or phone Angela Drinkwater at the University on 01332 591046.

The panel on the night will consist of:

  • Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby
  • Mick Creedon, Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary
  • Steve Hall, Editor of the Derby Telegraph
  • Councillor Philip Hickson, Justice of the Peace, Chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority and Leader of Derby City Council
  • The Rt. Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, the Bishop of Derby.

The panel chairman for the evening will be Ben Jackson, presenter of BBC Radio Leicester's weekday Breakfast Show.

Professor Coyne said: "This will be a great opportunity to debate what the current economic, social and political context means for our county.

"It is also an opportunity to hear first-hand from people leading some of the key pillars of our community. I am looking forward to it but I know that we can all expect a challenge, which is a healthy position to be in."

For further information about The Derbyshire Debate see website:

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