Capital punishment polarises opinion among North Norfolk’s would be MPs in online question and answer session

Candidates at the North Norfolk online hustings: left to right Mike McCartney-Filgate (Green), Denis

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 - Credit: Archant

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

The five - Michael Baker (UKIP), Denise Burke (Labour), Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat), Mike Macartney-Filgate (Green) and Ann Steward (Conservative) - answered a range of questions from local voters. For 90 minutes they typed their answers to questions including: Why should well-paid banking chiefs get bonuses? Why people should have the right to buy their social housing homes subsidised by tax payers? and why they should be the area's next MP? A question on the death penalty provoked polarised responses. Jane Crossen asked whether any of the parties foresaw a situation where there would be a referendum for the return of capital punishment. Mrs Steward did not make her views known, but said her party only planned to hold one referendum, on whether to stay in, or get out of the European Union. Labour's Denise Burke was more forthright, saying she was totally opposed to capital punishment and hoped there would not be a referendum. Her opposition to the death penalty was shared by Mr Lamb and Mr Macartney-Filgate. But Michael Baker said a substantial proportion of the population would like to see a return to capital punishment and he asked: 'I wonder how those who are vehemently against capital punishment would speak to those people whose loved one has been killed by a murderer who has served time and been released?' Click here to read the whole debate.

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