BBC Question Time Cut Short After Woman Collapses

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BBC Question Time Cut Short After Woman Collapses

The BBC was forced to cut short this week’s episode of Question Time after an audience member was taken ill.

The BBC was forced to cut short this week’s episode of Question Time after an audience member was taken ill.

The broadcaster reported that it had to suspend recording from Colchester town hall, Essex, while a woman was given first aid after she appeared to collapse in the front row.

Host David Dimbleby said the woman “could not be safely moved” and halted the show after 40 minutes.

As @BBCNews report, we have a shorter edition of Question Time for you tonight. 10:45pm, BBC One #bbcqt https://t.co/lKsh8cEXYB

Further to our earlier statement, an audience member on tonight’s QT was taken ill. Our first priority was to make sure that she was looked after by medical staff who attended. As a consequence tonight’s Question Time was slightly shorter than billed.

November 23, 2017

Simon Crow, 52, who was in the second row, told HuffPost UK: “It was a great debate with a fantastic atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, after a heated discussion about new homes development which had total audience support about the problems Colchester faces due to over-development, a lady seemed to fall from her seat in the front row and collapsed on the floor.

“An ambulance was called, paramedics attended but then Dimbleby announced it would be an hour before she could be moved, so the filming was abandoned.”

According to the BBC, the panel, which featured business secretary Greg Clark and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, had already been asked “what is the point of capitalism?” and whether the Budget could fix the broken housing market.

The episode was broadcast in a shortened form at its usual time on Thursday evening.

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