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Summary

  1. BBC Radio Norfolk's general election debate from Norwich South
  2. Brexit - how to ensure the best deal
  3. How best to deal with crime and terrorism
  4. Deciding issues for the general election

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Listen: BBC Radio Norfolk's general election debate

Scroll down for text updates on what the candidates, or representatives from their parties, said.

You can listen again to the debate as it was broadcast on Nick Conrad's BBC Radio Norfolk breakfast show.

Who will form the next government?

The BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate covered a range of topics, including Brexit and the war on terrorism.

It concluded by asking the candidates, or representatives from their parties, what they think the outcome of the general election will be.

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "Nationally I think we'll end up with a Conservative government, but what I'd like to see is Liberal Democrats as the main opposition to provide the opposition that the country so desperately needs at the moment."

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "It comes as no surprise that the Greens are not probably going to be forming the next government in Britain, but what we're hoping to see is a strong Green cohort. I think the realistic outcome is going to be a 40-odd Conservative majority, but we'd like to see a strong Green cohort led by the likes of Caroline Lucas putting issues like the environment and public transport right at the heart of government issues."

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "Obviously I'd like to see a Conservative government and I truly believe in that. As far as Norwich South is concerned, again I would like to see Norwich South voting for a positive chance and voting Conservative."

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "Now people have seen the manifestos, it will certainly be a Labour government in a few weeks time. Our manifesto is good, people are coming round to our way of thinking and the polls are narrowing."

Will national issues dictate the outcome of the election?

The candidates, or their representatives, in the battle for the Norwich South seat were asked whether next month's general election is about local or national issues.

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "It's very much a national election, and Brexit is by far and away the biggest thing people are talking about. But it's also about how national policy is implemented locally, whether that's about school funding, NHS funding or housebuilding... all of those things are local issues to people who live in Norwich South, but it's national policy that will dictate how they're dealt with."

Nick Conrad holding microphone to James Wright, who's standing between Trevor Wainwright and Martin Schmierer
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Richard Bearman is hoping to take the seat for the Green Party. He was unavailable to take part in the discussion, and asked the leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council to represent him.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "It's always going to be a national election, a general election always is, but because it's 650-odd constituencies it's always done through the prism of those constituencies. So what you do see is that when people talk about health, they're talking about the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, when they're talking about schools they're talking about free schools and academies across Norwich, when they're talking about public transport they're talking about public transport and First Buses in Norwich, and trains like Abellio. So it's always done through the prism of local issues, and that's where the Greens have got a really strong connection with the local area, talking to people and acting on their views."

Martin Schmierer, with the Forum, library and church behind him
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Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "I wouldn't disagree with what the Green candidate said, however you do see national issues through the prism of local issues. But I would say that the party that simply has no representation in government can't lend Norwich South a helping hand."

Nick Conrad holding microphone towards Lana Hempsall, with Martin Schmierer standing next to her
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Trevor Wainwright is representing the Labour party, as Clive Lewis turned down the invitation to take part in the BBC Radio Norfolk debate.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "This election is on national issues... Brexit, austerity, people's jobs, the future of the country over the next five years."

Nick Conrad holds microphone to Trevor Wainwright
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Crime and terrorism

Following the bomb attack in Manchester earlier this week, we're seeing armed police on our streets, including in the Norwich South constitutency.

Trevor Wainwright, former Labour leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council is representing the Labour party. Their candidate for the Norwich South seat, Clive Lewis, declined the invitation to take part in the BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich South election debate.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said:"There's police on the seafront in Great Yarmouth, I'm led to believe. It is necessary because of what happened in Manchester, but I think we've got to try and find a different solution to this war on terror. Incidents occur which are tragic for everybody involved, police on the streets with guns is not good for this country. But I come back to the police cuts... 20,000 police have been cut and that's why there's not the people on the ground and we have incidents that reflect that."

Member of army and a police officer, both armed, stand outside the Palace of Westminster
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Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said:"Public services have had to be cut... Theresa May as previous Home Secretary has taken a very tough and pragmatic line on terror throughout her office and I think she is the ideal, and the only, person who can actually take us through what is a bit of a terror crisis for the country."

Armed British Transport Police on rail platform
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Representing the Green Party view is Martin Schmierer, leader of the Green group of Norwich City Council.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party) said: "The cuts to policing have had a fundamental and detrimental impact on the police's ability to deal with these kinds of issues. In part, it's the police and community support officers, those eyes and ears on the ground with their fingers among the community, listening to what's going on. They report upwards, and it's this intelligence-led policing that can ensure we get the intelligence that the police need to deal with the problems, whether it be about terrorism or a host of other crimes that are being committed on our streets."

James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said: "One of the things we've seen in the last few days since the tragedy in Manchester is soldiers being deployed, and the Police Federation themselves are saying that is as a consequence of cuts to policing. My party would commit to putting an extra £300m in to community policing per year for the duration of the parliament."

Brexit

Brexit was the first subject up for discussion during BBC Radio Norfolk's Norwich South election special.

The Conservative candidate, Lana Hempsall, is standing on the ticket of Britain leaving the European Union, so how would she represent a constituency that voted to remain?

Lana Hempsall (Conservative) said: "The country voted to the leave the European Union, and the majority of the country spoke, and that's why we're leaving the EU. It will be my job as the local MP to bring the constituency along to show them that this is not a bad move, that this will work positively.

"It will not mean a decline in jobs, it will not mean a decline in prosperity or a decline in anything... this is only good news for Norwich South. Change is change... when things happen you can either make the best of that change or sit back and complain... I have a positive attitude towards this change and I want to make it happen. I will work to make it happen in a positive way for Norwich South."

Lana Hempsall, in Norwich market place
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Clive Lewis, who's hoping to be re-elected as Labour MP for Norwich South, turned down the invitation to take part in the discussion.

Trevor Wainwright is the current leader of the Labour group of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, and he's representing the party.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour) said: "The country voted narrowly to come out of Europe... and we just hope that the terms that are negotiated are right for the country, in terms of economics, jobs and workers' rights. The attitute of the Labour party is they voted to come out, we supported Article 50, and obviously the Labour party position is on the conditions that we come out... negotiations have only just started so the Labour party will be challenging the government on the discussions that now go ahead with our 27 European partners."

Trevor Wainwright by Norwich market place
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James Wright (Liberal Democrat) said:"The people had the say to start the process and they should have the say on the final deal. My leader Tim Farron says we voted for a departure not a destination, and I support him fully on those sentiments. The people I've spoken to who voted to leave said they didn't think they were leaving the single market, there wasn't necessarily a reduction in the freedom of movement - the key thing is giving people the say on the final deal and if they don't like the final deal, an option we continue to remain. Liberal Democrats will always put democracy ahead of anything else and that's why I think it's very important that the people have the final say."

James Wright by Norwich market place
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Richard Bearman is standing for the Green Party for the Norwich South seat. He is unavailable, and has asked the leader of the group on Norwich City Council to speak on his behalf.

Martin Schmierer (Green) said: "Our view is unequivocally pro-Europe. The uncertainty needs to be dispelled, that uncertainty comes form the millions of European citizens living in this country, not knowing where the future is going to go, and it comes from the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI, who are not sure what kind of deal that's going to be on the table in a year and a half or so's time. We need to offer certainty, some sort of guarantee, we need to be unequivocally pro-European, pro that single market, to make sure that our continent can come together in a much better and rounded way than it currently is."

Martin Schmierer in front of Norwich market placew
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Norwich South: The key issues facing voters

The candidates for the Norwich South seat, or representatives from their parties, were asked what they thought was the single biggest issue facing people in the constituency:

Lana Hempsall (Conservative): It's Brexit.

Richard Bearman, the Green Party candidate for Norwich South, is unavailable and is being represented by Martin Schmierer, leader of the Green group on Norwich City Council.

Martin Schmierer (Green Party): It's the uncertainty, why are we having another election and why have we had a referendum that suddenly we're having a debate about.

James Wright (Lib Dem): Definitely Brexit, Norwich South voted clearly to want to remain in the European Union.

Labour's Clive Lewis was invited to take part in the debate but decline the invitation. Representing Labour is Trevor Wainwright, the current leader of the Labour group on Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Trevor Wainwright (Labour): Investment in schools and the NHS.

The candidates' pitches

Richard Bearman (Green Party)

I was a green party councillor for Mancroft for eight years. I've been very active in tackling air pollution in Norwich which has exceeded the legal limit for the past six years.

Greens will also protect Norfolk's green spaces from too much development and we've loudly opposed cuts to public services, in particular adult social care budgets.

I support lowering the voting age to 16 and my experience with the youth advisory board has convinced me young people need a voice in parliament to decide on their future.

Norwich is a great city and the economic engine for Norfolk. Across Britain the Green Party is calling for one million new green jobs in the renewable energy sector. Norwich could and should be at the centre of this economic revolution. Norfolk has an abundance of wind, solar and tidal energy generation potential - all we need is the political will to harness this.

The Greens would ensure we invest in these new technologies.

Lana Hempsall (Conservative)

I believe that Norwich South has an excellent opportunity to make a positive change in this general election and elect a Conservative member of parliament.

I promise to be a hard working, local and dedicated voice for Norwich South at Westminster. I believe the Conservatives are the party that work for everyone and not just the privileged few.

I'm a guide dog owner, mum, wife, business woman and have been an elected councillor since 2007 and I believe that gives me enough experience and wisdom to be a strong decisive member of parliament for you if elected on 8 June.

Clive Lewis (Labour)

I'm standing for re-election after two years as your MP. Norwich is my home, I live here, I love our city - it's an open and tolerant community and I want to make sure it stays that way.

I also want to make sure we have a city we can all be proud of. That means electing someone who will speak for all of us. As your MP I've established a strong track record of doing just that, campaigning on the scandal of failing elderly social care, standing up for parents and pupils being unfairly treated by academy chains, working with patients and mental health staff to oppose cuts to vital NHS services and making sure the voice of the self employed and small businesses is listened to at the highest levels.

As someone who's served in Afghanistan with the British Army I understand the importance of public service.

On 8 June I hope you'll let me continue the work I've started. There are two clear choices in this coming election - a Labour MP who will speak for Norwich or a Tory MP who will speak for Theresa May

James Wright (Liberal Democrats)

Born in Norwich, I'm passionate about our city and I'm up for the challenge of representing our friends, neighbours and colleagues in parliament.

I know just how much potential there is in Norwich and with the right person in Westminster speaking up for our city this can be realised.

I have three main priorities - the first is ensuring that schools in Norwich are given the necessary support to prosper. The Lib Dems are investing an extra £7bn in our children's education, increasing school budgets and pupil premium.

Secondly, we must do more to build the homes we need - I will continue to campaign for the building of houses on brownfield sites, with the government stepping in if deveopers fail to act and continue to landbank.

Lastly, to champion Norwich's digital economy - the Lib Dems will create a start-up allowance to help businesses in their early stages. We have huge talent here in Norwich but the infrastructure is lagging behind and there are real risks from the impact of a hard Brexit.

This is about your chioce over your future - a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future.

Meet the Norwich South candidates

Green candidate Richard Bearman.

Mr Bearman has lived in Norwich for more than 20 years. He served as a county councillor from 2009, but stood down this year. He's a keen cyclist and organic gardener, a governor of a primary school and the trustee of two local charities.

Richard Bearman
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Conservative candidate Lana Hempsall.

Mrs Hempsall, a businesswoman who set up her first company in 1999, moved to Norfolk in 2005. In 2011 she was elected to Broadland Council. She stood for the Conservatives in the 2015 general election, running for a seat in Greater Manchester.

Lana Hempsall
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Labour candidate Clive Lewis, who won the seat in 2015.

After entering parliament, Mr Lewis was rapidly promoted - becoming Shadow Defence Secretary and then Shadow Business Secretary. He resigned from the Shadow Cabinet over Labour's decision to whip MPs into voting for Article 50.

Clive Lewis
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Liberal Democrat candidate James Wright.

Mr Wright, no relation to the old MP Simon Wright, grew up in Norwich and has a background in IT and computing. He's served as a city councillor in Norwich for several years.

James Wright
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A closer look at the battleground of Norwich South

The Norwich South constituency, which is seen as a key battleground in the general election, takes in the commercial area of Norwich city centre as well as a sizeable residential area, from Costessey in the west, the University of East Anglia (pictured), and stretching east to Thorpe Hamlet.

Accommodation blocks at the UEA
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The city is a regional financial centre. Aviva, Norwich's largest private employer, has been based here for 200 years. Virgin Direct relocated offices in the city, and insurance broker Marsh has its main processing office in Norwich.

Marsh offices in Norwich
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The manufacturing industry has declined since the early 1990s. Hundreds of jobs were lost when Nestle Rowntree closed its confectionery factory. Now a shopping centre, multi-storey car park and flats stand on its site.

Local engineering firms have weathered the storm well, and Colman's - the mustard manufacturer - still has a major plant in the city. In recent years, the growth of the Norwich Research Park, which is just outside the constituency, has aided the city's growth.

Colman's logo on mustard jar
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Between 1950 and 1974, Norwich South was a Conservative seat, but Labour's John Garrett held the seat from 1974 to 1983.

In 1983, a comparatively small swing to the Conservatives at Norwich South was enough to give their candidate John Powly the seat, with a majority of 1,712.

The seat's marginality meant a 2.1% swing to Labour was enough for John Garrett to regain it by 366 votes in 1987.

At the 1997 election, the Conservative vote fell by 14.4% and the new Labour candidate, Charles Clarke, emerged victorious with a majority of 14,239.

Charles Clarke
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Mr Clarke was a senior government minister, and as Education Secretary he oversaw the introduction of University tuition fees. His vote dropped by 7.8% and his majority was cut to just over 3,600 in 2005.

In 2010, Charles Clarke lost heavily to Simon Wright of the Liberal Democrats, who'd campaigned heavily among university students in the constituency.

Five years later, the seat returned to Labour. Their candidate Clive Lewis won with 39.3% share of the votes, giving him a majority of 7,654 over the Conservatives.

Welcome to Norfolk Live

The parliamentary seat of Norwich South is another key battleground in the general election.

Labour's Clive Lewis won the seat in 2015, taking it from the Lib Dems' Simon Wright. Mr Wright had beaten Labour's Charles Clarke in 2010.

This year Mr Lewis is facing challenges from Lana Hempsall (Conservative) James Wright (Lib Dem) and Richard Bearman (Green).

This morning all four parties will be taking part in a debate on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Mrs Hempsall and Mr Wright will be joined by Martin Schmierer. Mr Schmierer, a Green Party councillor for Norwich is representing Mr Bearman, who was unavailable.

Mr Lewis turned down the invitation to take part in the debate. Trevor Wainwright, the former Labour leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council is speaking on behalf of the Labour party.

We'll bring you the key points here as they unfold.