George Alagiah Stokes up the debate in N16

Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church Street N16 0JR © ∂å

HOW REALISTIC is it to expect consumers to pay more for ethically produced items — or is there no need anyway for such products to cost more than less ethical items?

These are among the issue to be discussed in a Question Time-style debate at Stoke Newington Town Hall. BBC newsreader-journalist George Alagiah will chair a panel including Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott, Kate Bull, People’s Supermarket founder, and Julie Brown, of Growing Communities.

BBC newsreader-journalist  George Alagiah
BBC journalist Alagiah

* Is it necessary for shoppers to pay more to spend ethically?
* Does supporting overseas producers harm local producers?
* What difference does it make where and how we shop?

And no doubt Sainsbury’s. To the distress of some local businesses and residents, the supermarket chain has applied to Hackney council to build a superstore in Wilmer Place, vacant land behind the corner of Church and High streets. At a recent protest meeting, Abbott made it clear she was fence-sitting.

As in the BBC1 programme, the public will be able to put questions to panellists.

* Can Your Shopping Basket Change the World?, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church Street N16 0JR, Wednesday 26 September, 8pm-10pm, free. Contact: Khosi Mabena, 0208 356 4656,

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