THERE is still time to book your place in the audience for Croydon Decides - the Advertiser's election debate on May 13. The event gives our readers the chance to question candidates from the five main parties ahead of the council elections on May 22. The debate, to be held at Fairfield Halls, will give members of the public the opportunity to quiz the people hoping to shape the town's future. Council leader Mike Fisher, who held off Labour four years ago, will represent the Conservatives at the debate. Cllr Tony Newman will hope a strong showing at Croydon Decides will help Labour reconnect with voters following back-to-back defeats in 2006 and 2010. The UK Independence Party (Ukip) will also be present on the panel, with Peter Staveley, branch chairman for Croydon Central and South, planning to stress the need for change. Tracey Hague, a trustee at Croydon Voluntary Action, will be representing the Green Party at the debate, which is little more than a week before the elections. Qualified architect John Jefkins will represent the Liberal Democrats, who lost their last councillor in Croydon in the 2006 election. Croydon Decides follows successful Advertiser debates ahead of the last general and London Assembly elections, as well as the Croydon North by-election in December 2012. Doors for this year's event open at 6.30pm with the debate getting underway at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. The Fairfield Halls bar will be open beforehand for refreshments. To book a place in the audience email 'Croydon Decides' at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. If you would like to ask a question of the panel, please list it in the email. A selection will be chosen and put to the candidates during the event.
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