Herald’s EU debate cancelled

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The Stratford Herald has taken the difficult decision to postpone tonight’s rescheduled EU debate at the ArtsHouse following a further suspension of any EU campaigning.

Editor Amanda Chalmers said: “Last night we took the view that the depth of feeling experienced by a significant number of those who were due to attend meant it would have been disrespectful to continue with the EU debate.

“It had been hoped 24 hours would put some separation from the tragedy and allow the debate to resume. However, as the true awfulness of events became clear this morning, the Herald became firmly of the opinion that to debate would have been to potentially offend deeply some who now believe the rhetoric has gone too far.

“It was an extremely difficult conclusion to draw, many hours had gone into the production of this important debate – but in the end it came down to making a thankless decision between causing irritation to the few who felt we should carry on, or offending the vast majority who would rather join in showing their respects to Jo Cox’s family at this most terrible of times.”

“We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience caused by this decision, which we hope you appreciate has not been taken lightly. We were looking forward to the curtain going up on an energetic and informative EU debate in the run-up to voting day. Unfortunately the campaign has now adopted a very different tone and it is with regret we must take this course of action. I am 100% satisfied it is the right thing to do.

“Apologies once again.”

MPs pay tribute to Jo cox: http://www.stratford-herald.com/54034-mps-pay-tributes-to-jo-cox.html