A year ago St Paul’s Cathedral found itself embroiled in debate with the Occupy movement, and now the cathedral looks set to engage in debate again when it hosts Question Time this month.
It will be the first time Question Time has been broadcast from St Paul’s, and will be chaired by David Dimbleby directly under the Cathedral’s iconic dome on Thursday 21 February.
Among the panel of guests facing questions from the live audience will be Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and Business Secretary; Dianne Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Lord Heseltine, Conservative politician and former Deputy Prime Minister.
St Paul’s was one of the country’s ‘original’ places for debate, with assemblies from Paul’s Cross dating back to the 13th century.
The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, said: “St Paul's Cathedral has for centuries been a place of debate, committed to the quest for truth with courtesy. So we're delighted to be hosting the programme here, and we're hoping it will look at the burning issues of the day with some of the perspective of the wisdom of the ages.”
St Paul's marks another iconic venue for the programme, which aside from regional churches and city halls has been filmed in Westminster Hall, Easterhouse in Glasgow, Winchester Cathedral and Wormwood Scrubs.