Members of the public will have the chance to quiz the city’s General Election candidates at a live hustings event which is being held in the city.
Labour candidate Ben Bradshaw, Lib Dem Vanessa Newcombe, the Green Party’s Joe Levy and Conservative James Taghdissian are confirmed panellists at the event, which will be broadcast live on Facebook by DevonLive.
Attendees will be able to submit questions before the debate begins, and these, with questions posed live by a social media audience, will be put to candidates.
The Boat Shed is Exeter’s newest venue, and is a pop-up venture running for 16 weeks this summer. Based in the former Exeter Maritime Museum on Exeter Quay the theatre, art gallery and bar is hosting a number of cultural events and has been created by the team at the Bike Shed Theatre and Bar on Fore Street, Exeter.
DevonLive editor Patrick Phelvin said: “With a snap election, there hasn’t been a huge amount of time to organise hustings events and we are hugely grateful to the Bike Shed for making this fantastic venue available.
“We’re aiming for a lively and informal discussion about the issues that really matter to people in Exeter, and we hope people engage with us on the night both in person and on social media.
“It’s a great chance to pose a few tricky questions to candidates and for them to get their points across to the public.”
Director of The Bike Shed, David Lockwood, said: “We want the Boat Shed to be a centre of civic debate – much as public buildings were in the 1830s, when these warehouses were built.”
For those who can’t make it in person the event can be followed on the DevonLive Facebook page at www.facebook.com/devonlive or on Twitter using the hashtag #DevonVotes.
Those wishing to attend can buy tickets from the Bike Shed’s website at www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk.
This event takes place at The Boat Shed on Exeter’s quay