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Left to right: Norwich South candidates Simon Wright (Liberal Democrat), Clive Lewis (Labour), Lesley Grahame (Green), Steve Emmens (UKIP) and  Lisa Townsend (Conservative) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Norwich South hopefuls answer your questions.

A European Union flag. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Through all the TV debates, the hustings and the doorstep discussions, the issue of Europe is a recurring General Election theme – and it is one which has split the main parties.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

A joke Boris Johnson made about children being brought to London to “inhale the sweet air of Hyde Park Corner” has been described as “outrageous” and “inexcusable” by an air quality campaigner.

David Cameron with Waveney Conservative candidate Peter Aldous overlooking the Bascule Bridge

The Norwich to London rail link is “unfinished business”, David Cameron said, claiming his visits to the region since becoming Prime Minister had highlighted the importance of infrastructure.

Norwich South candidates get together for a live Q&A. Left to right, Steve Emmens, Lesley Grahame, Clive Lewis and Simon Wright.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Five candidates for Norwich South were united in their support for the legalisation of assisted dying. All voice support for a law change, but made it clear that there must be many safeguards. It was one of few issues where candidates agreed. On the NHS, the nuclear deterrent and social work Labour’s Clive Lewis, Lib Dem Simon Wright, Green Lesley Grahame, Conservative Lisa Townsend and UK Independence Party candidate Steve Emmens traded blows at our online hustings. Local issues such as the future of St Mary’s House, where work capability assessments are being held, yet cannot be accessed by people with physical disabilities, were also addressed by the candidates. They also answered a question about plans to turn The Hewett School into an academy.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Attleborough Academy Sixth Form presidents give their opinions on the election 2015 and chat with Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News political correspondent Annabelle Dickson, front centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drive down most roads in Norwich and almost alternate houses are adorned with signs of varying shades.

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Left to right: Norwich South candidates Simon Wright (Liberal Democrat), Clive Lewis (Labour), Lesley Grahame (Green), Steve Emmens (UKIP) and  Lisa Townsend (Conservative) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Norwich South hopefuls answer your questions.

A European Union flag. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Through all the TV debates, the hustings and the doorstep discussions, the issue of Europe is a recurring General Election theme – and it is one which has split the main parties.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

A joke Boris Johnson made about children being brought to London to “inhale the sweet air of Hyde Park Corner” has been described as “outrageous” and “inexcusable” by an air quality campaigner.

David Cameron with Waveney Conservative candidate Peter Aldous overlooking the Bascule Bridge

The Norwich to London rail link is “unfinished business”, David Cameron said, claiming his visits to the region since becoming Prime Minister had highlighted the importance of infrastructure.

Norwich South candidates get together for a live Q&A. Left to right, Steve Emmens, Lesley Grahame, Clive Lewis and Simon Wright.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Five candidates for Norwich South were united in their support for the legalisation of assisted dying. All voice support for a law change, but made it clear that there must be many safeguards. It was one of few issues where candidates agreed. On the NHS, the nuclear deterrent and social work Labour’s Clive Lewis, Lib Dem Simon Wright, Green Lesley Grahame, Conservative Lisa Townsend and UK Independence Party candidate Steve Emmens traded blows at our online hustings. Local issues such as the future of St Mary’s House, where work capability assessments are being held, yet cannot be accessed by people with physical disabilities, were also addressed by the candidates. They also answered a question about plans to turn The Hewett School into an academy.

The haul of cigarettes and tobacco bought by the undercover team in Great Yarmouth

The tide of illicit cigarettes and tobacco that is flooding Great Yarmouth’s streets was uncovered in a sting operation.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Attleborough Academy Sixth Form presidents give their opinions on the election 2015 and chat with Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News political correspondent Annabelle Dickson, front centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drive down most roads in Norwich and almost alternate houses are adorned with signs of varying shades.

The proposed site of a controversial planning application on the edge of Blakeney village for a two-and-a-half storey house in the countryside called 3 Owls which local residents think will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Planners have refused a second bid to build a new family home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in north Norfolk.

The Bread and Cheese pub on Adelaide St in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Another Norwich pub looks to have pulled its last pint, after plans were lodged to turn it into homes.

South West Norfolk election candidates (l-r) Sandra Walmsley (Green Party), Peter Smith (Labour), Rupert Moss-Eccardt (Liberal Democrats), Paul Smyth (UKIP)

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the South West Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

Liam Byrne, Labours shadow minister for universities, skills and training and Jess Asato, Labours parliamentary candidate for Norwich North talk to St Edmunds Society student Matthew Jones during their visit to the Norwich based training centre. On Thursday Liam Byrne Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich North is in “outstanding shape” for the general election, Labour’s universities minister has said - but it will rely on people getting out to vote.

Rural Life - Aylsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

With UKIP putting forward a record number of candidates in Broadland this year, the district has all to play for. All 47 seats at the Conservative-controlled authority are for the taking on May 7.

Mary Lamb the wife of Lib Dem candidate for North Norfolk Norman Lamb.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

For Mary Lamb, the campaign trail has become part of her life.

Basil Abbott. Picture: Denise Bradley

The future of a group that promoted and gave funding boosts to Diss is in grave doubt after it was left with just one person to run it.

City Councillor for Mancroft Ward Photo: Norwich Green Party

It’s wonderful that so many football stars are community-minded enough to seek election to our Norfolk parliamentary, district, town and parish seats.

Terry Jermy, Labour leader on Breckland Council

Canvassing politicians are used to hearing some strange gripes on the doorstep.

Work last weekend on the new bridge across the A47 at Postwick. Drivers face further disruption this weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drivers have been reminded the A47 on the edge of Norwich will be closed in both directions at Postwick this weekend, as work to create a new bridge across the road continues.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband in Ipswich.

Ed Miliband will be back, officials have said after his battle bus failed to make it to Norwich on a visit to the region.

Dogs in Fulmondestone are standing for election - The villages dogs walk the streets on the campaign trail, from left, Alan Heath with Dora, Eddie Goodridge with Teal and Nick Barnes with Trilby. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Up to 15pc of voters thought Nick Clegg was a bit of a poodle in a poll a couple of years back.

Simon Tobin

A parliamentary candidate whose firm went into liquidation owing almost £500,000 has today described the experience as one of the worst moments of his life.

Candidates at the North Norfolk online hustings: left to right Mike McCartney-Filgate (Green), Denise Burke (Labour), Michael Baker (UKIP), Ann Steward (Conservative) and Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat). Picture; RICHARD BATSON

North Norfolk’s would-be MPs gathered in the EDP’s Cromer office earlier tonight for their first online debate.

North Norfolk election candidates (l-r) Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrats), Ann Steward (Conservative), Michael Macartney-Filgate (Green), Denise Burke (Labour), Michael Baker (UKIP)

Our third Election debate with your local candidates saw the North Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

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Leading sports coaches and friends of a former world squash champion have spoken of their disbelief that immigration rules mean she cannot come home to her native Norfolk from Australia without splitting her family.

Anglia Square, Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre has been handed a boost, after two of the biggest names in the complex committed to new leases.

Some of the audience for the Stalham hustings in Stalham Baptist Church. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

A first-time voter extracted a promise to resign from all but one of North Norfolk’s would-be MPs tonight.

South Norfolk election candidates (l-r) Richard Bacon (Conservative), Catherine Rowett (Green Party), Deborah Sacks (Labour), Barry Cameron (UKIP), Jacky Howe (Liberal Democrats)

Our second Election debate with your local candidates saw the South Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

South Norfolk candidates get together for a live Q&A.
 Left to right, Deborah Sacks, Jacky Howe, Catherine Rowett, Richard Bacon and Barry Cameron. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Health care, education, housing, transport and the hunting ban came under the spotlight tonight, as South Norfolk politicians gathered in Norwich for the second EDP online debate.

CLA election hustings at Wingfield Barns. From left: Jack Abbott, Lab; Rhodri Griffiths, Green; Barry Cameron, UKIP; Richard Bacon, Cons; Steve Gordon, Lib Dem; Julian Flood, UKIP.

A shortage of affordable housing was one of the key topics at a rural debate which also discussed EU farm subsidy reforms, transport and broadband.

Completion of the roadworks on Magdalen Street, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A city centre street which has been shut since the end of January has finally re-opened, with cyclists delighted by the improvements made.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major. Photo: (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Former prime minister Sir John Major is to enter the General Election fray with a stark warning that a minority Labour government propped up by SNP votes would be a “recipe for mayhem”.

National Politics

Cengiz Ceker is standing as an independent for Norwich South in the general election

As a taxi driver, Cengiz Ceker is used to his passengers sounding off about what’s wrong with the country and the problem with politicians.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Slow moving traffic on the A47 at Honingham after a multiple vehicle accident. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Tories have denied Liberal Democrat claims that they were planning to charge £10 a month for drivers to use the A47.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a news conference in London where he announced his party's plans for the public sector. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millions of teachers, nurses, police officers and other public sector workers will be spared further pay cuts under Liberal Democrat plans set out by Nick Clegg as he promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” after years of austerity.

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Labour will accuse David Cameron of “ducking” the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges as his rivals prepare to square up for another televised debate.

New exhibtion of political cartoons at 133 Gallery in Great Yarmouth . Gallery manager Liam Murphy with some of the work by Brian Adcock.

Picture: James Bass

From Punch to Charlie Hebdo, political cartoons have mocked, enraged and changed the world.

Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

Norman Lamb has apologised that some of his campaigning letters did not have the correct postage paid.

For many of us, the sight of a Post Office slip can prompt thoughts that there might be an exciting delivery.

Tony Robinson visiting Norwich to show support for the Norwich Labour Candidates Jess Asato and Clive Lewis.

Picture: James Bass

As a trusty sidekick, Baldrick always had Blackadder’s back. Yesterday actor Sir Tony Robinson had the backs of Norwich’s Labour candidates on a visit to the Norwich.

Ballot box

With just over 25 days to go until polling day Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News political editor Annabelle Dickson, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer and investigations editor David Powles reflect on how the election campaign is going.

Peter Collecott with Nigel Farage.

A long-serving independent councillor and council chairman has decided to break his non-party political stance and join the 
UK Independence Party (UKIP), saying: “I think I can influence politics more by being a member of a group.”

Lord Leicester puts his support behind UKIP - Toby Coke. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The custodian of Holkham Hall, the Earl of Leicester is busy ruffling Conservative feathers after publicly giving his backing to the UK Independence Party.

Jessica Asato has admitted making the most unlikely toasts – to a Tory peer.

Ballot Box

The candidates for both the Mid Norfolk constituency and Breckland Council have been named.

Blue skies and sunshine over Great Yarmouth at the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has published the names of all nominated candidates in this year’s tightly contested local and Parliamentary elections.

Nominations have closed for the May 7 General Election, with the largest ever slate of candidates expected to produce record numbers of female and ethnic minority MPs.

Lord Leicester puts his support behind UKIP - From left, Barry Cameron, Toby Coke, Paul Smyth, Michael Baker, Lord Leicester, Steve Emmens, Anna Coke and Stuart Agnew. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A prominent former Norfolk farmer and nobleman who declared for the UK Independence Party today has admitted that he turned to Eastern European workers at his hotel because the calibre of the English looking for jobs was not good enough.

Liberal Democrat campaigners welcome Baroness Shirley Williams to Norwich where she met activists and candidates.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich South will be a tough fight, veteran Liberal Democrat Shirley Williams acknowledged as she rallied activists during a visit to Norfolk.

Annabelle Dickson with the Evening News election team car in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Our survey is proof that in the most uncertain of elections - many people are just that - still uncertain.

Great Yarmouth Conservative Brandon Lewis has called police after his posters have been vandalised. Picture: SUBMITTED

Conservative Brandon Lewis has condemned vandals who have sprayed expletives, slashed or removed more than 50 of his campaign posters.

Norwich City fans Trevor and Lesley Southgate, 61 and 54, from Norwich

The battle for Norwich City promotion and the battle for Number 10 are taking place in tandem. POLITICAL EDITOR Annabelle Dickson took the EDP ‘battle bus’ to Brighton to test the temperature of both campaigns with the yellow and green fans.

Conservative ladies descend on Norwich to support Chloe Smith's campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Woman power was mobilised by Chloe Smith yesterday as she drafted in female cabinet ministers past and present to help her in her bid for re-election.

The Golden Triangle makes up part of the Norwich South constituency. Picture by Mike Page

Norwich South is the 18th most marginal seat in the UK and is one of the most interesting and tightly fought contests in the East of England.

The set for the Leaders' Debate 2015 showing all seven lecterns (left to right: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, followed by Liberal Demorcrats leader Nick Clegg, UKIP's Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Partys Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Conservative leader David Cameron.

Live reaction to tonight’s live TV debate between all seven party leaders ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Sajid Javid during his visit to Norwich University of the Arts, Digital Lab in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The student vote - by all accounts - is going to be crucial in this election, so Conservative culture secretary Sajid Javid was probably hoping to win a few when on his visit to the Norwich University of the Arts.

Lifelong Tory Nicholas Copeland (left) and Labour man Matt Prenter, who claim to have settled their political differences by creating a 'Coalition Cola' fizzy drink. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

I was interested to see former Norwich MP Charles Clarke raise the prospect of a grand coalition between Labour and the Conservatives, and it seems a pair of Norfolk pals are becoming subscribed to this idea too.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin seeing another bus - not the broken down one.

When transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin arrived in Lowestoft last week to open the new £6.5million Northern Spine Road, local dignitaries were all set to head to the site in a vintage bus.

Don't hedge your bets - that's Mid Norfolk Labour candidate Harry Clarke's message

They come in all shapes and sizes - and of course different colours.

Candidates trade blows at Mustard and BBC hustings atThe Hewett School

Norfolk general election candidates traded blows over the future of the NHS last night as the region’s mental health crisis and the need for agency nurses took centre stage.