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Summary

  1. Monday, 22 May, 2017
  2. BBC Radio Norfolk's general election debate from North Norfolk
  3. Brexit - candidates commit to getting 'the best deal'
  4. Broadband - promises to improve internet coverage
  5. Not all party leaders feature on local election leaflets
  6. Candidates on care of an ageing population

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All times stated are UK

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Listen: BBC Radio Norfolk's general election debate

Scroll down for text updates of what the three candidates from the main parties said. You can listen again to the debate as it was broadcast on Nick Conrad's BBC Radio Norfolk breakfast show:

The debate opened and closed with Brexit

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Brexit was the opening - and also the closing - subject of today's BBC Radio Norfolk general election debate, with each candidate outlining his personal position on Brexit and what they will do as an MP.

Stephen Burke (Labour): The guarantee is to get the best deal for everyone who lives in Britain, for the many not the few. Brexit means Brexit, we have to get the best deal.

Stephen Burke
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Stephen Burke

James Wild (Conservative): The people in North Norfolk and the UK voted to leave the EU last year, we now need to get on and deliver it. I'm absolutely committed to doing that. It's about getting an ambitious free trade agreement with the EU, but also making trade agreements round the world. It's a positive vision.

James Wild
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James Wild

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem): I'm a democrat - I accept the outcome of the referendum, I will do nothing in parliament to seek the frustrate the outcome of the referendum and the job now is to negotiate a deal that is in the interests of our economy, that ensures very strong continuing trading links with the European Union as well as cultural links and academic links, protects jobs and ensures we are able to continue to fund our public services - those are the critical challenges we now face.

Norman Lamb
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Norman Lamb

Are the candidates behind their leaders?

Asked whether the candidates were endorsing the leaders of their parties, this is what they had to say....

Stephen Burke (Labour): If Labour win and I'm elected in North Norfolk I will support Jeremy Corbyn. People find the whole prospect of the Labour manifesto launch really exciting... they really like the ideas about health, education and transport.

But is the Labour leader on Mr Burke's election literature?

He isn't, because it's a local battle - we have three candidates here and people will vote for us. We don't have a presidential system in the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader

The Lib Dem candidate Norman Lamb gave this reponse when asked by Mr Burke where Tim Farron was on his material.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem): I think stuff has gone out from Tim Farron to this constituency... I'm fighting a very, very personal campaign... the choice in North Norfolk is between me continuing as the MP here or yet another Conservative MP in a very large majority [in the House of Commons]. I don't think people want that and I don't think it would be in the interests of this community.

Tim Farron
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Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader

James Wild (Conservative) I'm very happy to be the only candidate who's wholeheartedly endorsing their leader and has them on the literature. She's the best person to take the country forward, the best person to deliver on Brexit and to also deliver the best deal for North Norfolk.

Theresa May
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A boost for broadband coverage?

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

The issue of broadband and poor mobile connectivity was next on the agenda, with many parts of the North Norfolk constituency struggling for a good service.

Stephen Burke (Labour): That's why we need an MP who lives locally, as I do, who understands the problems facing people who live and work here. Mobile coverage and broadband coverage are absolutely disgraceful here, we're almost like a third world nation in North Norfolk and we need an MP who champions the need for much greater investment, works with the regulator and the providers of broadband, to ensure everyone can benefit. That would help families, businesses and everyday life.

Cables for broadband service
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Norman Lamb (Lib Dem): I've spent my life taking up issues about broadband coverage, mobile phone coverage... ultimately it depends on investment. In areas where companies won't make a commercial return it depends on government investment... and that's the case in North Norfolk. We're all facing the re-election of a Conservative government, and it's down to whether they make sufficient investment. They've presided over a failure to invest adequately in broadband and mobile phone coverage in this community.

James Wild (Conservative): Poor mobile coverage and broadband coverage are one of the long term issues facing this constituency... I think I can get a better deal. Last week I was in Mundesley with Matt Hancock, minister responsible for mobile and broadband coverage, and our commitment is to have 95% of the UK land mass covered and I'm making sure that includes North Norfolk. We're committing that every business and home will have superfast broadband access by 2020.

The care and care system

North Norfolk is expected to be one of the country's most closely-contested constituencies in next month's general election.

All three candidates have been taking part in a debate on BBC Radio Norfolk (listen here), and the subject of care and the care system came up for discussion.

Stephen Burke (Labour): We have an ageing population in North Norfolk and a lot of older people are incredibly concerned about the care crisis that currently exists and about what the Tories are proposing... a random death tax. People don't know if they're going to have dementia or other long-term conditions and they now face the prospect of losing their home to pay for care. The Tories are shifting the burden of care funding from the state on to individuals.

James Wild (Conservative) We face the challenge of a growing aging population, particularly in North Norfolk. Our proposals mean that at the moment only £23,000 of your life savings are protected from care costs... we're quadrupling that to £100,000.

James Wild and Norman Lamb in debate
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Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) We don't think £100,000 will be protected, because the protection won't cover all of the other costs, the accommodation costs, you have to pay. The impact of this policy will be that very many people across the country and here in North Norfolk who currently get care free, or at a very low cost for care at home, will be faced in future with typically £15,000 a year and if you have complex needs, serious dementia for example, you could be faced with much higher costs.

Mr Lamb says he's expecting Theresa May to visit the constituency and he'd like to meet with her and discuss the issue of care costs.

I was the minister who introduced, with the Conservatives [during the 2010-15 coalition government], a cap on care costs that would have protected people against catastrophic loss and they have now abandoned that. There are key questions that I want to challenge Theresa May on, so when she comes here, talk with me, meet with me, have the debate about the interests of older people in this community."

Norman LambLib Dem

The Brexit process and 'megaphone diplomacy'

Brexit was the one of the subjects up for discussion during BBC Radio Norfolk's North Norfolk Election Special with Nick Conrad - the Conservative candidate James Wild accused the Lib Dems of wanting to frustrate the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem): It's simply not the case - I voted to remain, just like Theresa May, but I accept the outcome of the referendum. I broke my party's whip - they wanted me to vote against Article 50, I wouldn't do that because I thought it was wrong to do so. I will make my own judgement, I won't be told what to do by the party. I give this absolute commitment to the people of North Norfolk - I won't frustrate the process, people have voted in the referendum and the job now is to negotiate the best possible deal which protects the economy, jobs and ability to fund public services.

James Wild (Conservative): The Liberal Democrat manifesto says it acknowledges the Brexit vote... it's an odd phrase to use about the biggest democratic exercise in our country's history and it also says it doesn't give the government a mandate to leave. People voted to leave and we now want to get on and deliver [it]. People don't want a second referendum, they've made their choice... 60% of people in this constituency, like me, voted to leave and we need to get on to deliver the best deal.

Stephen Burke (Labour): What we need to do is negotiate a much better deal with Labour in government, or holding the Tories to account if we're in opposition. The best deal for Britain, for jobs, for people's rights, for the environment and climate change. People have voted and we need to get on and negotiate the best deal. A megaphone diplomacy is not going to work, and that's how Theresa May has started. We need to talk sensibly with the other countries and get the best deal possible, rather than antagonising them from the start.

The three candidates, Burke, Wild and Lamb, with radio presenter Nick Conrad
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The candidates' pitch to the people

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

There are three candidates in the race for the North Norfolk seat - the encumbent Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat), James Wild (Conservative) and Stephen Burke (Labour).

UKIP has decided not to field a candidate, instead the party is asking the 8,300 people who voted for them last time (and any other would-be supporters) to "lend" their votes to the Conservatives in order to unseat Mr Lamb.

The Green Party is also not putting up a candidate - saying they'd rather see Mr Lamb win "than a pro-Brexit, anti-PR Conservative".

Cromer Pier and North Sea
Martin Barber

So what are the three candidates' pitches to the voters in the constituency?

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem): I've been the MP for 16 years and have shown a total dedication to this community. I've put body and soul into this job and I think people appreciate that style of representation - I don't get everything right, but if you make an effort for people you can make a difference.

We need other voices in Parliament. One party states are dangerous, and if you have that you get arrogance and complacency.

I think a lot of people here are saying we know what's going to happen nationally, a big Conservative majority, but keep an MP who's shown a dedication and commitment to this community.

James Wild (Conservative) I grew up in the constituency and it's the only seat I want to represent. I want to make North Norfolk a better place to work and live. There's a lot of long-running issues that have got to be tackled. I'm the only candidate here who voted for Brexit - we've had the vote and we need to get on and deliver that.

I think I can get a better deal for North Norfolk. In the three weeks of this campaign I've had the coastal erosion minister here, the digital minister here talking about mobile coverage and improving broadband, I've had the police commissioner over in North Walsham talking about the importance of safety for regeneration and later today I've got the international trade secretary coming to meet an exporter in Cromer.

Stephen Burke (Labour) I'm the only candidate who lives and works locally in North Norfolk. People here are realising it's a race between having a Tory government or a Labour government. Labour will invest in public services like the NHS and education and transport... and ensure people on low and middle incomes are not going to face tax increases

The priorities of the three candidates

So what are the priorities of the three candidates for the North Norfolk seat?

Stephen Burke (Labour) My priorities are investing in coastal defences, creating jobs for young people in green high-tech business and making North Norfolk the best place to grow older. That means health and care services closer to home and opportunities for older people to be involved in their community with better transport to get out and about.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) The Lib Dems would invest an extra £6bn in our NHS and care system, for elderly and disabled people. We can't tolerate over one million older people being left without the care and support they need. We'd also focus attention on young people, ensuring there are schemes for those who are renting [so that] some of that rent goes into buying the property eventually to get them on to the housing ladder. [Also] in a rural county like Norfolk, giving young people a discount on bus and train fares.

James Wild (Conservative) My priority is to make North Norfolk a better place to live and work - that means dealing with the long-running issues we face. So we have better mobile coverage across the constituency, 100% high speed broadband, improved transport links, regenerating towns like North Walsham that have been left behind, boosting our tourism and coastal communities. It also means helping people to get on - I want to see more affordable homes built, more good school places across the constituency and increased NHS funding particularly for mental health services.

Meet the North Norfolk candidates

Labour candidate Stephen Burke:

Stephen Burke
Stephen Burke

Conservative candidate James Wild:

James Wild
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Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb, who won the seat from the Conservatives in 2001 and held it in 2005, 2010 and 2015:

Norman Lamb
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The North Norfolk Constituency Profile

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Holt
David Dixon/Geograph

The North Norfolk constituency contains the holiday resorts of Sheringham, Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea.

It also contains small inland towns of Holt (pictured above), North Walsham (pictured below) and Fakenham (pictured bottom), and dozens of villages.

North Norfolk had the rare distinction of being an agricultural seat which elected a Labour MP between 1945 and 1970.

North Walsham
Brian Chadwick/Geograph

Along with South Norfolk and South West Norfolk there was a strong tradition of organised agricultural trade unionism which ended with the mechanisation of farmland.

The Conservative Sir Ralph Howell took the seat in 1970 and it remained Tory until the Liberal Democrats won the seat in 2001.

Fakenham
Stephen McKay/Geograph

Good morning

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Norfolk Live.

The parliamentary seat of North Norfolk is one of the key battlegrounds in the general election.

It's been held by the Liberal Democrats' Norman Lamb for the last 16 years. He's facing a strong challenge from the Conservative's candidate James Wild.

But it's not a two-horse race - Stephen Burke is standing for Labour.

All three candidates are taking part in a live BBC Radio Norfolk election special, and our coverage this morning will have the key points of that debate.