Meet our 2015 election panel
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Over the coming months we shall be asking our election panel what they think of the manifesto promises and election campaigns run by the various parties. From a first-time voter to retired readers, our election panel will be giving their views. Here is a brief introduction to our savvy seven who will tell us if they think policies are a priority and will work in reality.
• Adam Gedge, 28, and his wife Aimee, 25, are young professionals living in the north of the Norwich with their cats.
Adam is a legal assistant and Aimee is a youth and community worker.
They currently rent a two bedroom terraced house, but have aspirations to one day own their own home.
They met the summer after the last election.
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• Katherine Poll, 22, graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in English Literature last year.
She is currently working on weekdays as a clerical assistant at an academy-status high school in King's Lynn, and weekends as a waitress.
She has recently moved back to her family home to live with my mother and younger sister. She said the last five years had been spent primarily as a student, living away from home and being completely financially independent for the first time. She took a gap year before university working full time to pay for her degree, working as a retail assistant in a bookshop, waitress, barmaid, and as a carer.
• Michael Holmes, 69, is a retired grandparent who lives in Sheringham with his wife. He has a son an daughter, both in their 40s, and four grandchildren aged between two and 21.
He said life had been 'comfortable' since the last election. They own their own bungalow in Sheringham and enjoy a 'delicate balance' of a busy retired lifestyle along with good holiday breaks both at home and abroad. They fill their time with volunteer work in North Norfolk, including for the National Trust at Felbrigg Hall, the North Norfolk Railway, the Sheringham Little Theatre, the Sheringham Ramblers walking group and Riding for the Disabled. Mr Holmes is also a referee at senior football level throughout the county.
• Gary Parkins, 47, lives in Norwich with his wife Michelle and his two children, Sophie, 10 and Jack, 6.
He is a train guard, mainly on the Norwich to London line.
He said that he feels fortunate to still be in a job, but said he has found the cost of living has 'gone through the roof' since the last election.
He said that he is particularly concerned about his children's education and is worried about the politicising of education, especially Ofsted.
• Rory Sexton, 34, was born in Norfolk and lives in Mileham with his wife and three young children.
He runs an internet-based holiday car hire business from an office in Dereham, which employs 19 people.
He said that while he has seen the economy stabilise, he thinks the economy still seemed very fragile, and believes it is one of the most important things for now. He said he is concerned that many parts of East Anglia still do not have internet or mobile network coverage.
• Jacob Stirling, 18, is currently doing A-levels in politics, law and psychology at the City of Norwich School (CNS). He hopes to do a politics degree at the University of Essex, starting in September.
It will be his first opportunity to vote.
Since the 2010 general election he has grown to love politics and would one day like to work in a politics-based profession.
He has done seasonal work at Next, after spending two-and-a-half years searching for part time work, without success.
He lives with his parents and younger brother in Mulbarton.
• Janet Cutting, 63, lives with her 56-year-old husband Tony, and her 22-year-old daughter in Long Stratton. She retired in 2010.
Her husband was medically retired from his job at Norfolk County Council in December 2009 and receives a council pension, while she receives a state pension. She said her 22-year-old daughter, who is currently training to be a primary teacher, and her husband, live with them because they cannot afford to rent accommodation elsewhere. Her elderly parents also live in Long Stratton, and, while they live on their own, she and her husband provide some care, helping with cleaning and shopping.