Norwich South candidates join our online debate

Norwich South candidates get together for a live Q&A. Left to right, Steve Emmens, Lesley Grahame, C

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

Mr Lewis claimed Labour councillors had been working to stop the process, while Mr Emmens said he was a supporter of the return of grammar schools in the UK. Mr Wright said the local democratically elected education authority - Norfolk County Council - should determine the approach taken in relation to the future of our local schools. While Ms Townsend said parents, pupils and teachers should have their say in the consultation process, and it must be taken into account, before any final decision was made. Join the Mid-Norfolk candidates on Monday from 7pm and read a full transcript of the debate at

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