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Campaigners are set to fight their corners when Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds a top-level EU referendum debate.

DCCI – the voice of business in Dorset – is staging the event with a panel of politicians, business executives and campaigners on Friday May 27 at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth.

The latest in DCCI’s successful series of Business Leaders Forums, the Dorset EU Referendum is being held to help people in the business community make an informed decision when it comes to vote on June 23.

Richard Dimbleby, who is a former DCCI president and an educational consultant, will independently chair the debate, which will focus on key economic arguments.

Members of the Stay Panel will be: Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood; Sir Graham Watson, who is a Lib Dem and former MEP; and AlfaTronix Ltd Managing Director Keith Reilly.

Members of the Leave Panel will be: Christchurch MP Chris Chope; Caroline Stephens, who is Activist Support Manager of the Brexit Campaign; and Simon Boyd, contracts director of REIDsteel. The debate is being held from 8am to 10am with senior business figures invited, including directors, owners, partners and leaders of its affiliated chambers of commerce.


DCCI chief executive Ian Girling said: “As a chamber we are a non-partisan organisation.

“Our role is to help give our members the information they need to make an informed decision.

“We’re looking forward to a lively debate with a vibrant mix of opinions. As the latest in our highly successful series of Business Leaders Forums, this event will give some of the senior business figures in Dorset the opportunity to come together to debate, discuss and have a voice about one of the most important decisions for a generation.”

DCCI – which has about 800 members representing 37,000 staff – is the only chamber accredited with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in Dorset.

Its eight affiliated chambers are Weymouth and Portland, Broadstone, Dorchester, Poole, Bridport, Ferndown, Shaftesbury and Swanage.

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