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  1. The London debate on 30 May 2017

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London Debate: Goodbye and thanks for watching

Claire Timms

BBC London News

That's the end of the London Debate. Thanks for watching and getting involved on the #GE2017London hashtag on Twitter.

The full show is available now on YouTube and will be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly.

'I'm disappointed by the Tory party on care'

Abbott: 'So-called dementia tax penalising people'

Parties disagree on who pays for care

Garvin Barwell says there should be a cap on the amount of money people have to contribute to any care costs however he couldn't say what that cap will be.

UKIP would put £1.2bn purely into social care, says Peter Whittle, while Sian Berry says care should be taxed according to the wealth of the person who will inherit any property, rather than the person who needs the care.

Diane Abbott says tax will be raised on those earning £80,000 or more to pay for social care while Vince Cable says his party would charge an extra penny in every pound to go towards paying for the NHS and social care.

Barwell: 'People won't lose their home'

Whittle: 'Take foreign aid to pay for social care'

Who pays for care?

Question on care payment
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Negotiate for Londoners on Brexit

Vince Cable says taking Britain out of the single market is particularly damaging to London and that many businesses are set to leave the city while Peter Whittle disagrees, saying there is no such thing as a hard or soft Brexit, but that there is just Brexit and it's becoming "project fear".

Gavin Barswell says it's important to address the issues which led people to vote leave while preserving what people who voted remain liked about the European Union.

More than a million EU nationals that live in London "should not be used as a bargaining chip in the negotiations", says Diane Abbott. A stance Sian Berry agrees with while adding that more should have been achieved by now in the negotiations.

Barwell: 'We want EU nationals to stay'

Whittle on Brexit: 'People are not stupid'

Londoners and Brexit

Brexit facts in London
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Brexit - what can be done for London?

Question on Brexit
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Housing woes

London is building 1000's of homes every year. Foreign untaxable investors are buying most and renting them to councils #GE2017London

Berry: We need the power to do rent controls in London

Housing: Foreign investors and councils building more homes

Housing stock shot
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Garvin Barwell, the current housing minister, says the problem of expensive house prices has been brewing for the last 30 years and that both parties - Labour and Conservatives - have failed to build enough homes.

He accepts the Tories hadn't built enough homes while they were in power - in London, "the figures are up, but they're not good enough".

Vince Cable says the private sector cannot be relied on to build homes and that councils have to build more homes to buy and rent.

Dianne Abbott says people shouldn't be able to buy from overseas and then leave the properties empty so the government should work with developers to prevent this, while Sian Berry says councils should focus on social rented flats and that brownfield sites should be used.

Cable: We need a penal council tax on properties that are not used

Barwell: I wake up everyday thinking what I can do to help people like you

London's housing crisis has been decades in the making and both main parties haven't done enough, says Gavin Barwell

Housing in London

Housing in London
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Will younger generations be able to buy a home in London?

Question on housing
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Berry: We're fighting something that's really terrifying

Instability in certain regions has created room for jihadists, says Sian Berry

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Cable: There's no justification for resorting to terrorism

The panel was asked about the impact of British foreign policy and terror threats at home

Barwell: We'll protect the police budget

Police officers numbers and intelligence sharing

Diane Abbott says Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers, but she can't say how many of those would go to London while Garvin Barwell says the Conservatives will protect the policing budget and are putting extra officers into MI5.

Vince Cable, for the Lib Dems, says the sharing of intelligence with Europe is important and must continue, while UKIP's Peter Whittle says Brexit wouldn't have any impact on this and intelligence information was always shared..

Sian Berry for the Green Party says community policing is vital in the fight against terror.

Abbott: Our policy is to recruit 10,000 more police officers

Diane Abbott wasn't sure how many of the proposed 10,000 would be for the capital

London police

Police in London
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How can London and the UK be kept safe?

The London Debate is underway on BBC One and the first question comes from:

Security question
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Londoners' top concerns

Issues for Londoners
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London's political make-up

Politics in London
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Watch: What do the parties' manifestos mean for London?

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BBC London

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Election panel: UKIP's Peter Whittle

Peter Whittle
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Peter Whittle is the deputy leader of the UK Independence Party and leader of the UKIP Group on the London Assembly.

He grew up in Shooters Hill, south east London, and had a 15-year career in the media, as aTV producer and director of factual programmes in the UK and the USA.

He stood for Parliament in the 2015 general election in Eltham, coming third with 15% of the vote.

In September 2015 he was selected as UKIP's candidate for Mayor of London.

UKIP is campaigning for:

  • Reducing net migration to zero within five years
  • A ban on the wearing of face coverings in public places
  • Six Brexit tests
  • An extra £11bn every year for the NHS and social care by 2022
  • Provide 100,000 new homes for younger people every year

Election panel: Liberal Democrat's Vince Cable

Vince Cable
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Vince Cable was MP for Twickenham for 18 years when he lost his seat in the 2015 general election.

He is contesting the seat once again for the Liberal Democrats on 8 June.

He was formerly Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and was deputy leader of the party between 2006 and 2010.

The Liberal Democrats are campaigning for:

  • Second EU referendum on Brexit deal
  • End the 1% public sector pay cap
  • Invest nearly £7bn extra in education
  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools
  • Reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students

Election panel: Green Party's Sian Berry

Sian Berry
Green Party

Sian Berry is the Green party group leader on the London Assembly, Camden Councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate for Holborn and St Pancras.

She twice unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of London, coming third in 2016 behind Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith.

The Greens are campaigning for:

  • A referendum on the final deal with the EU, with the option to remain in the EU
  • Rent controls to create a “living rent” and banning letting fees
  • Closing the NHS spending cap and “roll back privatisation” of health services
  • A phased-in four-day working week

Election panel: Conservative Party's Gavin Barwell

Gavin Barwell
Conservative Party

Gavin Barwell is the prospective parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central after first being elected to that seat in 2010.

He was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London in July 2016.

The Conservatives are campaigning for:

  • Real terms increases in NHS spending reaching £8bn extra per year by 2022/23
  • Means test winter fuel payments, taking away £300 from wealthier pensioners
  • Net migration cut to below 100,000
  • Pump an extra £4bn into schools by 2022
  • Raising cost of care threshold from £23,000 to £100,000 - but include value of home in calculation of assets for home care as well as residential care

Election panel: Labour Party's Diane Abbott

Diana Abbott
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Diane Abbott is the parliamentary candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington - a seat she has represented since 1987.

She is currently Shadow Home Secretary and has previously been Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

The Labour Party is campaigning for:

  • Scrapping student tuition fees
  • Nationalisation of England's nine water companies
  • End to zero hours contracts
  • Income tax rate 45p on £80,000 and above
  • Hire 10,000 new police officers, 3,000 new firefighters

Welcome to BBC London's election 2017 debate

Rebecca Cafe

BBC News, London

London Debate
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Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the BBC London election 2017 debate recorded earlier this evening at studios on the South Bank.

It is being broadcast at 22:45 on BBC One and features five London politicians from across the political divide answering Londoners' questions.

The panel consists of (in alphabetical order):

  • Diane Abbott (Lab)
  • Gavin Barwell (Con)
  • Sian Berry (Green)
  • Vince Cable (Lib Dem)
  • Peter Whittle (UKIP)

We'd love to hear you views on what the panel is saying and pledging. Use #GE2017London on Twitter and we'll try to publish some of your reaction here during the debate.

Firstly, let's find out a bit more about the panel with these mini biographies.