WELCOME to the build up and live coverage of Croydon Decides, the Advertiser's debate ahead of the council elections on May 22. Leaders and prominent members of the five main parties - Conservative, Labour, Ukip, Green and Liberal Democrat - will be taking your questions at Fairfield Halls from 7pm this evening. Council leader Mike Fisher, who held off Labour four years ago, is representing 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 and qualified architect John Jefkins speaks for the Liberal Democrats, who lost their last councillor in Croydon in the 2006 election.The panellists Audience members have submitted questions, a selection of which will be put to the panel. They cover issues from Croydon's two-party politics and fly-tipping to the flooding earlier this year and recovery since the riots in 2011. You can follow the debate on the live blog below, on our Facebook page and on Twitter via #croydondecides. An audio recording of the event will be uploaded later this evening. Questions put to the panel are available to candidates from other parties not represented at the debate, as well as independents, following the event, with the answers published on our website. Please email email@example.com for the list.
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