BBC radio show in live broadcast from city
HEATED discussions took place on Friday when BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? was broadcast from Canterbury Christ Church University.
As many as 300 people went along to Augustine House to watch the weekly news and politics debate show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby.
Among the panellists fielding questions from the audience were Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan-Smith, Labour peer and former cabinet minister Lord Adonis, Nobel prize-winning biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society Sir John Sulston, and public policy editor of The Economist magazine Anne McElvoy.
Kicking off the questions was city councillor for Westgate and Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman James Flanagan, who asked the panel if Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt should face an inquiry into his ministerial conduct.
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This follows allegations that Mr Hunt broke the ministerial code by supporting News Corporation's bid to take over BSkyB, when he was supposed to be impartial.
Next up was Canterbury's Lib Dem leader Alex Perkins, who prompted applause from the audience when he asked: "Can people really feel safe when the economy is in the hands of two arrogant posh boys who don't know the price of a pint of milk?"
Mr Perkins was referring to comments made by Tory MP Nadine Dorries, who earlier that week had accused David Cameron and George Osborne of being out of touch.
Other questions involved issues surrounding poverty and population, before Timothy Less cheekily asked the panel: "Having made the pilgrimage down to Canterbury, what sins will you be seeking atonement for?"
Mr Adonis responded by admitting to spending too much time in London and vowing to visit cathedral cities like Canterbury more often, which prompted Mr Dimbleby to accuse him of "buttering up the people of Canterbury".
The programme, which is broadcast live from a different location each week, was invited to Canterbury Christ Church by university bosses.