WATCH: Who is standing in the General Election 2017 in Norwich South and why do they think you should vote for them?
PUBLISHED: 18:46 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:46 06 June 2017
We asked the general election candidates in Norwich South to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:
Richard Bearman (Green)
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Lana Hempsall (Conservative)
“I first became politically active in 2007 when I became a parish councillor; in 2011, I was elected to Broadland on the toss of a coin.
“Winning an election in this way taught me that elected office is a precious gift of trust that requires 100% commitment. And this is what I pledge to Norwich South - 100pc commitment.
“Soon after being elected, I tackled a persistent anti-social behaviour problem that was dividing our community and co-ordinated the re-building of a tired play area and a brand new skate-park.
“I also led on an economic masterplan - to combat effects of the recession locally - and a neighbourhood plan, which is in place so that all development in the area is community-led.
“Getting the job done is a team effort, and I want to work as part of the wider Norfolk team to get results for Norwich South.
“I’m registered blind and depend almost completely on public transport. It’s incredible how different your perspective is when you can’t drive, and this is something I share not just with other disabled people, but with the elderly and young.
“My promise to Norwich South is that I will: be the most hard working, local MP you could ever wish for; stand up for our NHS; help drive up standards in our schools; ensure that Norwich South gets the best deal out of Brexit; prove to you that the Conservative Party is a party that works for everyone and not just the privileged few.”
Clive Lewis (Labour) “In Norwich South your choice on June 8 is stark. You’ll either get a Labour MP with a track record of putting Norwich first and whose party has the policies to improve our city.
“Or you’ll end up with a Tory who doesn’t even live in Norwich and, if they win the election, will just rubber stamp whatever decisions get handed down by Theresa May in London.
“UKIP have stood down here to help the Tories. Recent local polling analysis shows it’s now neck and neck here between Labour and the Tories with the other parties trailing. It’s clear here - voting Lib Dem or Green will help the Tories.
“I’ve lived in Norwich since 2001 so I know we’re a city that’s proud of doing things differently. While Norfolk is a sea of blue, there’s not a single Tory councillor in the city.
“But above all, we’re united by our sense of fairness and truly value our public services - from our NHS through our fantastic local police and fire service to the hundreds of wonderful staff who care for our city’s older people.
“As your MP I’ve taken action for Norwich on all of these issues and many more.
“People in this city are fed up with career politicians seemingly only in it for themselves. I’ve lived in the real world is and will never forget where I came from.
“My first job was in a food factory, I was the first in my family to go to university and I’ve served in combat with the British Army. And because I know that so many in our city are working hard and struggling to make ends meet, I am donating almost all of the whopping MP 10pc pay rise to local charities (keeping only the 1pc that other public servants get.)
“Please support me at the General Election so I can do even more to stand up for Norwich.”
James Wright (Liberal Democrat)
“Born in Norwich, I am passionate about our city and am up for the challenge of representing my friends, neighbours and colleagues in Parliament.
“As a city councillor for the last seven years, I know just how much potential there is in Norwich, and with the right person in Westminster speaking up for our city this can be realised and have 3 main priorities for our city.
“The first is ensuring that schools in Norwich are given the necessary support to prosper. The Lib Dems will invest an extra £7bn in our children’s education, increasing school budgets and the Pupil Premium.
“Secondly, we must do more to build the homes that we need. I will continue to campaign for the building of houses on ‘brown field sites’ – with the government stepping in if developers fail to act and continue to landbank.
“This is something that I have campaigned for over the last few years, given the number of undeveloped sites that exist throughout the city.
“Lastly, to champion Norwich’s digital economy. The Lib Dems will create a ‘start-up’ allowance to help businesses in their early stages.
“We have huge talent here in Norwich, but the infrastructure is lagging behind and there are real risks from the impact of a ‘hard Brexit’.
“The Lib Dems want to the people to be able to have a say on the final Brexit deal – not to just leave it to politicians.”