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Watch Norwich North and Norwich South political candidates go head to head on key general election issues in newsroom hustings

PUBLISHED: 20:48 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 20:48 02 June 2017

Norwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick Butcher

Norwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Politicians hoping to win over Norwich constituencies faced their voters as they were quizzed on key election talking points.

Candidates for Norwich North and Norwich South took part in a hustings at our newsroom in the city on Friday evening.

Questions from both the audience and social media users, who were watching live, covered Brexit talks, the NHS, climate change, zero-hour contracts and food banks.

In the first of the two debates, those vying for Norwich North - Chloe Smith (Conservative), Chris Jones (Labour), Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrat) and Adrian Holmes (Green) - were asked to round-up why voters should choose them on polling day.

Mr Lanham: “You’ve got to vote Liberal Democrat to stand any chance it seems of saving the single market. You’ve also got to vote for openness and tolerance and compassion.”

Norwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick ButcherNorwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Jones said a vote for him would be one for a “fairer, more equal society where everyone is taken care of”, while Ms Smith said the Conservatives offered the “leadership requirement to get us through Brexit”.

Mr Holmes said: “We have to create a society where everybody wants to work together and everybody has a stake in it.”

During the debate, talked turned to zero-hour contracts, which Ms Smith said were a small fraction of overall jobs and did “work for some”.

Later on, Mr Lanham said the rise in food bank usage was “an indictment of a society that is not working”.

Members of the public put questions to Norwich North candidates. Picutre: Nick ButcherMembers of the public put questions to Norwich North candidates. Picutre: Nick Butcher

Up next were the Norwich South candidates, Clive Lewis (Labour), Lana Hempsall (Conservative), Richard Bearman (Green) and James Wright (Liberal Democrat).

Debate first turned to American president Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate change agreement

Mrs Hempsall said she would have encouraged to president to “sleep on it and think again in the morning”, while Mr Lewis said it was an “existential crisis”.

Grammar schools were next up - with Mr Bearman saying the funds put aside for them was a “total waste of money”, and that a more “holistic approach to education was needed”.

Norwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick ButcherNorwich North prospective parliamentary candidates Adrian Holmes (Green), Chloe Smith (Con), Chris Jones (Lab) and Hugh Lanham (Lib Dem) in debate at Archant headquarters. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Wright said there was a “nostalgic view of grammar schools”, but said the “evidence suggests social mobility is not improved”.

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