BBC Newsreader debates in De Beauvoir

George Alagiah addresses whether international aid is working

BBC newsreader and Stoke Newington local, George Alagiah, was full of praise for Hackney residents who attended the controversial debate at St. Peter De Beauvoir Church on Friday evening (October 30).

George Alagiah was joined by Gideon Rabinowitz, coordinator for lobbying group UK Aid Network and Giles Bolton, head of ethical trading policy at supermarket giant Tesco, for the event in De Beauvoir Rd, which addressed whether international aid is working.

Alagiah, famous for reading the BBC Six O’Clock News, said how impressed he was with the turn out of around 300 people.

“It’s extremely important for multicultural places like Hackney to have this kind of discussion about issues that affect us all in the broader sense. Hackney does us proud,” he said.

The event raised around �150 towards re-building the church’s crypt to accommodate disabled visitors.