Written by Åsmund Austenå Løvdal.

In a bid to help young voters make up their minds Siren FM are hosting a live debate on Friday 9 May at 7.30 pm in association with The Lincolnite. The radio station now look for people to be part of the audience and ask the candidates questions.

From 22nd to the 25th May votes will be cast across the European Union’s 28 member states to elect representatives to the European Parliament. Thursday 22nd May will be voting day in Great Britain.

Candidates include Bill Newton Dunn MEP (Liberal Democrats),  Bredan Clarke-Smith (Conservatives), Roger Helmer MEP (UKIP) and Kartharina Boettge (Green Party). Labour will also have a candidate on the panel, but the member is yet to be confirmed.

Siren FM’s targeted audience is teenagers and young adults in Lincoln, and they hope the debate will help first time voters make a decision. Siren FM Managing Editor Andrew David said:

“As East Midlands station of the year, it’s only natural that we give everyone a chance, especially those who’ve just turned 18, to make a balanced judgement on who to vote for.”

If you would like to be part of the audience and/or ask questions submit your application at www.sirenonline.co.uk/europedebate

In 2009 the Conservatives become the clear winner of the East Midlands constituency with 30.2% of the vote with Labour on second with 16.9%  and UKIP on third with 16.4%. The Tories won two seats while Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats won one each. The turnout was 37.1% of the electorate.