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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 2 June 2017
  2. Black-winged stilt chicks 'eaten'
  3. 8,000 cyclists expected on Tour of Cambridgeshire this weekend
  4. Hills road gearing up for roadworks
  5. Bernie Sanders talks at Cambridge Union
  6. Increased police numbers at Strawberry Fair
  7. Internet speeds increased across Cambs and Newmarket

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for live updates today, and for this week. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

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Have a great weekend.

And finally - it's that three-legged cat again

Helen Burchell

BBC News

You might remember we've told you before about Jasper, the three-legged cat who's become a favourite with Cambridge University students?

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He's become the ultimate stress-reliever for students at the Marshall Library of Economics, where they've just run their latest "tea with Jasper" afternoon.

Taking tea with a three-legged bundle of fluff has proved a hit again, with students posting their favourite pictures on the library's Twitter feed.

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Isn't he adorable?

Jasper
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Woman found guilty of disposing of a body using a mobility scooter

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A woman, who moved the body of a man who died in her home to a nearby park, pleaded guilty to disposing of a corpse to obstruct a coroner at Cambridge Crown Court today.

Kelly Ann Almond, 34, of Fairview, Peterborough, used a mobility scooter to move the body of Stuart Wilkinson, 53, who died in her home on Sunday, 4 April, to a nearby park where it was later discovered.

A further charge of perverting the course of justice was dropped.

Mr Wilkinson’s cause of death has yet to be determined, however it is not believed to be suspicious.

The case has been adjourned for sentencing until the week of 7 August.

Almond will remain on remand in custody.

Increased police numbers at Strawberry Fair

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police say there will be a slight increase in presence at this year's Strawberry Fair in Cambridge, in light of the recent attacks in Manchester.

Some 43 years on from its debut on Midsummer Common, the festival returns tomorrow.

Strawberry Fair
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It's expected around 40,000 visitors will attend the festival across the day.

The annual event has seen the police numbers reduced over the years, with the force saying they "recognise the organiser’s responsibility to deliver a safe event".

Supt Laura Hunt said: "Following recent events in Manchester all events in the country have been reviewed and our response has been modified appropriately.

"With regards to Strawberry Fair, appropriate adjustments have been made to policing numbers, but there has been no intelligence to suggest there is any threat associated to this event."

Bernie Sanders talks at Cambridge Union

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

You may have seen in other local press that US politician Bernie Sanders was a guest speaker at Cambridge Union today.

Mr Sanders, who lost out to Hillary Clinton to become the Democrats' candidate in last year's presidential election, spoke for about an hour in front of a sell-out crowd, with the Cambridge News reporting that tickets for the event sold out in just 38 seconds.

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Mr Sanders joins a long list of high-profile speakers at the union, including most recently Piers Morgan, Mary Berry and Stephen Fry.

Dr Niki Sol, a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin who was at the event, said that she "loved the fact that he was able to bring about a lot of different points that mobilised the audience".

"I thought he was a very dynamic speaker," she said.

"Bernie Sanders said that Donald Trump's idea to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was a stupid decision, which the audience agreed with."

On whether she thought it was important Mr Sanders came to the union, Ms Sol said she was "not sure".

"I thought it was an interesting choice. I don't know if it was important to him from a political perspective simply because he is a senator," she said.

"But I think that part of his job working for social justice is that he knows he needs to mobilise as many people beyond himself, which I think he saw as a great way to talk to a lot of influential people that may be in power in the future."

Two vehicle crash in Wisbech

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Take care if you're travelling around Queens Road in Wisbech.

There's been a two-vehicle collision at the junction with King's Road, which police are currently dealing with.

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Police say there have been injuries, but they're not thought to be life-threatening.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Churches in Walpole and North Runcton raise money

Two historic Norfolk churches are fundraising this weekend to pay for urgent repairs to their buildings.

At St Peter's Church (pictured below) in Walpole St Peter, in the Fens, the annual flower festival (pictured) hopes to raise thousands of pounds towards the £130,000 needed to mend the roof of the north aisle.

St Peter's Church, North Runcton
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Flower displays at St Peter's in Walpole
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At All Saints church (pictured below) in North Runcton, near King's Lynn, the only Georgian church in use in Norfolk, the roof repair bill is expected to be at least £100,000. They are also holding a flower festival to raise funds.

At All Saints church in North Runcton
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8,000 cyclists expected on Tour of Cambridgeshire this weekend

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Thousand of cyclists are set to descend upon the East of England Showground over the weekend, for the Tour of Cambridgeshire.

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The mass cycling event is now in its third year, and takes in parts of Peterborough, Huntingdonshire and Fenland.

The tour first came to Peterborough in 2015 and has been a roaring success, drawing in cyclists from across the world.

Cyclists
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The action starts tonight, with an Electric Bike Time Trial and a Folding Bike Fondo.

Tomorrow, 800 riders take part in a time trial, before the mass participation race on Sunday, with some 8,000 competitors.

Road closures and diversions are in operation around Sawtry, Ramsey and Whittlesey.

Hills road gearing up for roadworks

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Hills Road in Cambridge is gearing up for another period of roadworks, as the council looks to add to its growing portfolio of cycle lanes, with an extension of the Hills Road cycleway.

The work will add two 350m (1148ft) cycle paths to each side of the road at the junction of Long Road and Queen Edith's Way. It will join the existing path which starts at the Cambridge Leisure Park, and currently runs for 1km (0.6 miles).

The road will be closed southbound for more than three months between Long Road and the Addenbrooke's Hospital roundabout.

Roadworks on Hills Road.
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The existing cycle lane which starts at Cambridge Leisure Park, stops just short of the Long Road junction. When finished, the path will connect the leisure park to Addenbrooke's.

Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council, says the length of closure "is a balance".

"The key thing here is that we've come up with a scheme that is going to be far less inconvenient than the 21 months that the earlier scheme took - which allows for continued northbound flow," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"The earlier discussions were whether or not to shut it completely.

"So for 14 weeks, during the summer where traffic is quieter, we're going to have one way shut."

Your pictures: Rain?

BBC Weather Watchers

No sign of today's forecast of torrential rain yet, although there are definitely some signs across Cambridgeshire.

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about capturing the sights... before they get drenched!

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Ramsey St Mary's
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A1 fully reopened after fatal crash

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The A1(M) through Hertfordshire is slowly returning to normal after a crash this morning in which a motorcyclist died.

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Motorcylist dead after crash on A1 - dash-cam appeal

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Police have confirmed that a man died in a crash which closed part of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire this morning.

They received reports that a motorcyclist had collided with the central reservation on the northbound carriageway close to junction six for Welwyn just before 07:30

The air ambulance was called, but the rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both carriageways were closed, but it is gradually being reopened.

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PC Andy Ralph from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Forensic Collision Investigation team, said: "It is very important that we fully investigate the incident to try to establish the circumstances that led to the collision.

"In order to do this I am asking anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to it to contact me.

"Additionally, a lot of motorists have dash-cams installed in their vehicles now and it’s possible the incident may have been captured on video.

"If this is the case, again please contact me."

Deegan 'will be a leader' for Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Ben Strang, head of football operations at Cambridge United, believes their new signing Gary Deegan will be a leader "on and off the pitch".

The Us signed the experienced midfielder on a two-year deal, after the 29-year-old former Hibernian and Southend man left Shrewsbury on Wednesday by mutual consent.

Ben Strang
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He's the fourth summer signing for the Us after David Amoo, Jabo Iberhe and Emmanuel Osadebe.

"It was a prerequisite to that position, to bring in someone who can not only control the game, but also control the dressing room and be a big character in there," Mr Strang said.

"What you see on the pitch is what he is off the pitch.

"He's a real competitor and a winner."

WWT confirms 'very sad' stilt chick deaths

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Sad news for bird lovers. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) has just confirmed the little black-winged stilt chicks which hatched at Welney Wetland Centre have indeed been taken by a predator.

Earlier we heard from a bird watcher who believed they'd been eaten, and Mark Simpson, from the WWT's Slimbridge HQ in Gloucestershire, has now said "it appears the chicks are no more".

Black-winged stilt
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He said: "We understand two chicks hatched at the fenland centre, but earlier this week the parents were spotted flying away to the other side of the reserve, alerting staff to the fact 'something was wrong'.

"There are predator-proof fences which would protect the ground-nesting wader birds from attack by foxes or badgers, but a bird predator or stoat could have possibly been responsible.

"It's very sad, but we're hopeful the adults will come back next year and try again."

In 2014, the RSPB reported that black-winged stilts had hatched in Britain for the first time in 27 years.

Internet speeds increased across Cambs and Newmarket

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More than 20,000 households and businesses can now get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.

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Openreach has begun switching on pilot areas in Cherry Hinton, Huntingdon and Newmarket for a partial fibre service called G.fast.

It's claimed the technology can boost speeds to more than 10 times the UK average - allowing a two-hour film in high definition to be downloaded in just 90 seconds.

Works under way on Cambridge car parks

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As you can see from the picture, work to improve the Grand Arcade car park in Cambridge is well under way, with new flooring being laid on the top level.

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The work, which began on 15 May, is part of a £1.2m scheme to improve three car parks in the city, and also includes Grafton East and the Queen Anne.

All three will have a reduced number of spaces available while the work is carried out, through until 24 September.

A1 partially reopened after serious accident

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

There's some good news for drivers delayed by the A1(M) closure in Hertfordshire this morning but it looks like disruption will continue for some time.

The air ambulance was called to reports of a motorcyclist colliding with the central reservation at junction 6 for Welwyn at about 07:30.

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Met Office warning for... torrential rain!

BBC Weather

After the scorching weather we had across the region yesterday, the Met Office is now issuing a yellow weather warning for rain.

They say there is the risk of torrential downpours between 13:00 and 23:00

It's all because a patch of very warm, humid air is on its way from France, which brings the threat of thunderstorms.

"Whilst most places will miss the worst, it could lead to localised surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions. Frequent lightning and perhaps hail could be additional hazards," says the Met Office website.

However, if you've got hay fever, look away now...

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Air ambulance called to A1 crash

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hertfordshire Police has told us more about this morning's serious collision on the A1(M), which has closed a section of the road in both directions.

Officers were called to reports that a motorcyclist had collided with the central reservation near junction six for Welwyn just before 07:30.

Emergency services including the air ambulance are at the scene.

Highways England said that the road is likely to remain closed for several hours - northbound between junctions four and six and southbound at junction six.

Junction 6 of the A1M
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Black-winged stilt chicks 'eaten'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier in the week we brought you news that a pair of black-winged stilts had chosen to breed on the reserve at the Welney Wetland Centre.

Well, it appears nature may have taken its course, and we've had reports that the newly-hatched chicks have been eaten.

Black-winged stilts
WWT Welney

Bird watcher Gary Rawling, from St Neots, said it was likely they hadn't survived.

"I don't know how long they'd exactly been there, but it'd only been for a week or so," he said.

"I got a message saying that they were there, and then the next day - they were gone, which I thought was odd.

"It's likely that if the water levels were so low, a stoat, weasel or badger may have got across the fen and taken them.

"You've also got gulls, sparrowhawk or peregrine that may have got them."

We've contacted the centre at Welney to find out more.

Part of the A1 closed after 'serious collision'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Part of the A1M through Hertfordshire has been closed after a serious collision and it looks like there could be disruption all morning.

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Weather: Hot and humid with threat of thunderstorms

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Hot and humid conditions will trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon in many places.

Not all areas will get them but where they do it could lead to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions.

Heavy showers will ease during the evening but more are possible during the early hours near to the coast.

Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 2 June.

We'll be with you until 18:00 to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens around the county.

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Coming up, more on the black-winged stilts at Welney, plus a Met Office weather warning for... rain!

You can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

They think it's all over...

And just as quick as it began, it's all over here at the Møller Centre in Cambridge.

It's been fiery (and that's not just the temperature in the room), with lots of topics discussed. You can scroll back through the feed to read what the candidates had to say on all topics.

So it's goodbye from this lot...

John Hayward (Con)
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Julian Huppert
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Stuart Tuckwood (Green)
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Daniel Zeichner (Lab)
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A reminder that Keith Garrett (Rebooting Democracy) is also standing in the Cambridge seat and is vying for your votes on 8 June.

You can also listen to the debate in full on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, tomorrow night from 19:00.

You can also see how our friends at the Cambridge News reported on tonight's debate here.

But from us, that's it. See you soon.

So there we have it

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

In such a tight seat we expected a lively debate in Cambridge this evening and it didn't disappoint. It was the audience that made the debate, with great questions that challenged the candidates on everything from inequality to air quality.

One of the most insightful moments of the evening was when Dotty McLeod, who was presenting the debate, asked the audience who thought Brexit was the most important issue of the election - less than half agreed.

With just a week to go, every vote counts in Cambridge. We started the debate speaking to undecided voters, and at the end they'd made their decision. If you're still not sure I hope we've helped you as well!

Cambridge: A city of contrasts

So, that's it. Before we go, let's take a quick look at the seat our candidates have been fighting over...

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Political commentators predict the Cambridge seat will be one of the most bitter election campaigns, as it wrestles with the fallout from Brexit.

Labour's Daniel Zeichner won the seat from the Lib Dem's Julian Huppert by a mere 599 votes in 2015, earning 36% of the vote.

Huppert served between 2010 and 2015 – ousted largely because of his party's U-turn on tuition fees and the coalition.

One big thing that could swing it one way or another will be whether the city's very vocal 34,000 university students have all registered to vote - their voice may now be crucial.

The constituency is top of the list of seats the Lib Dems most want to win back, but the recent local elections didn't reflect that. Labour has seven county council seats – Lib Dems have five.

Cambridge has a population of 114,740. Fewer than half - 51,774 - ticked the box in 2015.

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The crisis in social care

We've now reached the final question in tonight's debate.

Mary Nathan asked the panel who they thought was responsible for caring for the most vulnerable in society - and who should bear the cost?

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - There's a humanitarian crisis in our NHS system. We need to make sure the money goes to the right places by abolishing the internal NHS market.

What I'm pledging to do is back the NHS reinstatement bill. I think the Tories' plans for a 'dementia tax' are disgraceful.

We need to pool our resources together.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) -All of us should bear the brunt of social care. We need to pay nurses more. Let's not drive them out of the county. We need them. We can't have nurses going to food banks.

We need to get more cash in. We would put £2bn into social care and £4bn into the NHS. That would make a real difference.

BBC Cambridge debate: Funding and staffing the NHS

Audience member Giovanna Mead is a community nurse. "As a nurse passionate about the NHS," she asked, "I want to know how you will increase the funding for the NHS and make sure there are enough staff?"

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) - We would pay people properly to transform morale. Stop the privatisation of our public services. The NHS is treasured. Direct provision needs to be funded properly.

John Hayward (Con) - The NHS should always be free at the point of delivery - I use the NHS a lot myself and am aware of what staff do. The parties all agree about the pressures on the NHS - an ageing population, plus a million people access it every day. We are committing to £8bn in real terms increase over the next Parliament. But we cannot put more money into it without a strong economy.

Improving 'intolerable' air quality in the city

On to health now...

A former Lib Dem councillor in Cambridge, Sarah Brown, put this to the panel: "I'm asthmatic and the air quality in Cambridge is getting intolerable. What do the candidates propose to do about this?"

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) -It's a really important question. We have to transition people off of diesel. There's also loads to do with electric vehicles.

We need more sustainable transport and renewable energy - from sustainable sources.

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - It's massively important and a disgrace it's taken so long. It costs us something like 250 lives a year.

We would like to make sure car manufacturers are fined and use that money to invest back into public transport and cycling.

We want to take the diesel buses off the road.

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) -One of the first things I will do if I become transport minister is to retrofit old buses [in effect, adding new tech to old kit].

It's cheap to do and will stop people getting ill.

John Hayward (Con) -I'll do what I've already been doing which is meeting with other locally-elected representatives, including the newly-elected Mayor of Cambridge, to help them deliver on their plans for a metro scheme for Cambridge, and get cars off the road by creating a world-class transport system.

Stopping 'cuts' to schools

The next question is from Tony Davies, the head of St Matthew's Primary in Cambridge.

"Schools are having to make huge cuts," he said. "Children will have less resources, school buildings will deteriorate, what will your party do to stop this happening?"

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - Schools in Cambridge have been underfunded for a long time now - at this time when they are struggling, the government concentrating on grammar schools is wrong. The teacher workload is too much - we want them to be able to concentrate on teaching and without the stress of over-testing.

John Hayward (Con) - I come from a family of teachers and have been trying to empower the lives of others in education all my life. Let's put this current snapshot into perspective - small decreases lately seem huge. Funding has not been fair for some time, I agree. No school will lose out. This government is putting record amounts into schools.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) - Schools have been grossly underfunded since the '80s - £500 per pupil is less than an average school. We got £23.2m extra for schools. The Tories have caused huge harm - we must protect the pupils - support teachers with better pay - this obsession with grammar schools and free schools is causing harm.

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) - Tories have been lying about this - there are more pupils. It's an education election for me - parents and teachers who know there is a crisis in their schools - they're getting begging letters. Every school will get extra teachers with Labour.

Education and the thorny subject of tuition fees

The mood has changed and we're on to education now. A member of the audience - called Alistair - hopes to go to university in September. Can the panel win him over on the subject of tuition fees?

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) - Tuition fees are something I've always been opposed to. In 1997, Labour said they didn't want to put up tuition fees, and then they did.

I would love to see an abolishment of tuition fees. If there was a vote to get rid of them, I'd vote for it.

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) -It's not right that fees are now the highest in the world. I don't consider £21,000 to be a high enough wage to start paying back fees. You shouldn't have to get a lifetime of debt just to get education.

The Greens have consistently said we would get rid of tuition fees.

An audience member then asks about funding for schools, as well as universities...

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) -This has been a hugely controversial issue. This is a huge opportunity for young people.

We're a rich society. The question is, should we keep that money locked up in businesses? Wouldn't it be good to put an end to the blame of school cuts and just get on with funding them again.

John Hayward (Con) -It's right that we continue to help the people that are the most disadvantaged people in society.

I'm proud of the Conservatives for increasing maintenance loans and introducing apprenticeships which will transform young children's education routes.

Brexit and a city at the heart of disease research

Dr Jon Clarke of Alzheimer’s Research UK said Brexit will have a big impact on the biomedical research community in Cambridge. "How would the panel support efforts to find treatments for challenging diseases?"

John Hayward (Conservative) - I have a background in science so I'm passionate about it. I'm proud of the record in dementia research and want to see it taken forward. I am sure that a smart Brexit will enable our universities to keep these partnerships. There will be no doors slamming closed on this.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) said he was terrified that controls will make it harder. "We are already seeing students stopping coming here. I don't see a good answer rather than keeping free movement."

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) said huge numbers of people have come from the EU but the Labour party said free movement was over. "We need to invest more in encouraging the science community here."

Daniel Zeichner (Labour) - It's crucial to the city's future. It is key that we are part of regulatory systems so we cannot slow down access to new innovations.

The big issue on everyone's minds - Brexit

Cambridge was one of the most pro-Europe parts of the country in last year's referendum. Almost 74% voted to Remain.

Cambridge entrepreneur David Cleevely asked: "What do the candidates propose to do to prevent the Remainers being blamed for the disaster that we will face in two years' time?"

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John Hayward (Con) - I'm an internationalist, I'm an optimist and I'm positive about the future of this city.

I think we will be able to secure a good deal leaving the EU. It's about making sure the UK and Cambridge remain the best place for science. I'm positive about this country and city.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) - The best way to avoid it is to not to have that disaster. It will threaten the county.

We have to protect EU citizens. They are our friends, neighbours and colleagues. We have to stay in the single market and protect freedom of movement.

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - It's a hugely worrying situation and we have to get the process right.

However, we need to respect the vote and move forward. However, people need to have their say before we leave.

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) - If we continue going the way we're going, it will be a disaster. If labour wins, the rights of EU nationals will be secured.

The way we avoid disaster is to get rid of the Conservatives from government. Then we're on a different path.

Reversing this 'tale of two cities'

In January the Centre for Cities think-tank labelled Cambridge the most "unequal" city in the UK.

Getting the debate under way is Diana Minns from the city's Dawn Project. She asked: "As someone who works with vulnerable people in Cambridge every day, can the candidates tell me how they are going to reverse this tale of two cities in Cambridge – a place of plenty for some and a place of struggle and just-about-surviving for others?"

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) talked about the comparison between the wealthy and those using food banks. He wanted to end the "sanctions regime" so people at the bottom get the support they need. "Wealth must be shared properly - we need to look at Brexit issues so the effect on the economy is managed effectively".

Daniel Zeichner (Labour) said it was "so shaming to have people sleeping rough - it wasn't the case in 2010". "What we are seeing is consequences of the coalition government - it doesn't have to be like this. Make the people at the top pay more."

BBC Cambridge debate: Affording a home in one of the UK's most expensive cities

Maddie Juniper asked: "What steps would the candidates take to ensure that the many Cambridge residents unable to buy their own place to live are not left to be exploited by investors and landlords?"

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) said: "So many people dread rental coming up for renewal - what we are saying is that we move to three-year tenancies. We need more homes too - the Labour council negotiated for 300 new council homes. It is important that we get building. We should stop new houses being bought up by foreign property investors."

John Hayward (Con): "I'm amazed that friends are paying more rent per month than I pay for a mortgage. The Housing White Paper will help people renting, such as 'right to buy' schemes, but also measure to prevent developers sitting on empty land and measures to stop foreign investors too - and to speed up building of new properties."

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem): "The thing that will stifle Cambridge is the cost of housing - nurses and teachers cannot afford to live here. The creation of an ombudsman, letting agency fees, we have to keep working on this. We need to change the tax system. We have to end the 'right to buy'."

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - "It threatens the future stability of Cambridge. The housing market is broken. Over the last seven years the cost of houses have gone up. We need to build 100,000 affordable houses by the end of Parliament and help those going into the rental sector."

BBC Cambridge debate: Why focus on Brexit when housing is in crisis?

The average cost of a house in Cambridge is more than £501,000 - 16 times the average salary.

Jez George, the chief executive of Cambridge United Football Club, asked the panel why there was a tendency to focus on Brexit instead of local issues, when "Cambridge has unacceptable inequality despite its perception of wealth".

John Hayward (Conservative) - I think the voters of Cambridge have two questions. The national question and the local question. Nationally, do we want to continue with the economic growth seen nationally?

And locally, do we want someone who is pledging to be a strong voice for Cambridge, or do we want an ex-MP who is shouting angrily from opposition benches?

I am passionate about social justice. I've worked with families all over the world.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) - People should look at local MPs and not just look at what's going on nationally.

It's not just financial equality. There's a school inequality and a health inequality. I aspire to more than that in Cambridge. You have to give poorer people more money.

I'm also looking at a living rent which people can afford, not these inflated prices.

Opening statements

Our candidates have all had an opportunity to give their opening statements.

Julian Huppert (Lib Dem) says he is "passionate about Cambridge and its values".

John Hayward (Con) - "I'm not a typical career politician. I bring a wealth of real-world experience to the role."

Stuart Tuckwood (Green) - "I believe in finding a long term solution to the problems Cambridge faces."

Daniel Zeichner (Lab) - "It's important to tackle the big traffic problem Cambridge faces."

We're off!

Health and safety talk over, we're under way...

We have a full house!

Lib Dem Julian Huppert is followed by Conservative John Hayward (top), Green Stuart Tuckwood (middle) and Labour's Daniel Zeichner (bottom).

John Hayward
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Stuart Tuckwood
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Daniel Zeichner
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We're almost ready to go...