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Summary

  1. David Dimbleby presents Question Time from Canterbury in Kent
  2. Programme broadcast at 22:35 on BBC One
  3. Tonight's panellists: UKIP Nigel Farage; comedian Russell Brand
  4. Labour's shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh
  5. Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt & journalist Camilla Cavendish

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan and Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Keir Murray

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Well, that was a lively discussion in Canterbury! We hope you enjoyed the programme and the live text commentary here on the BBC website. Have a tremendous festive break. We'll be in Watford on 8 January for the first programme of 2015. Thank you very much indeed for joining us. Good night.

Question Time Extra Time

David Dimblebly draws the programme to a close.

Tune into Question Time Extra Time on BBC Radio 5live with Stephen Nolan and John Pienaar where you can follow the post-programme discussion.

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Mary Creagh claims that Michael Gove presided over unqualified teachers in the classroom. She wants to see "world-class" schools in every neighbourhood.

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Question Time - Your Views

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Mark, Crewe: Brand is spot on, Farage wants to go back to past. He wants a tiered education system for white elites. Why can't excellent education be for everybody?

Anonymous: We abolished most of our best schools. Germany has kept most of its grammar and secondary technical schools. I wonder which country is doing best?

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Trevor, Leighton Buzzard: "Farage actually looks very comfortable in the situation... Brand obviously put there to go after him but has failed."

JC, Altrincham: "Camilla Cavendish, top woman, speaks a lot of sense!"

Lynn, Barry: "More people are waiting to see their GP because of uncontrolled immigration."

Nigel Farage ' Social mobility has declined'

"I think the answer to this question is a very big yes. Social mobility has declined. It's like we've gone back 50 years... One of the biggest mistakes we've made is the destruction of grammar schools."

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'Living wage'

Russell Brand says education, health and a living wage are rights, "not something we should be squabbling over".

Question four

"Would education and social mobility improve if we returned to a system that included grammar schools - as we still have in Kent?" Penelope Kimber, recently retired communications director

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Penny Mordaunt's answer does not impress the man in the audience. "I'm a civil servant and I haven't had a pay rise," comes his retort.

Man in audience angered by MPs' pay rises

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Steve, Rugby: Scrap the NHS, not fit for purpose, pay as you use is only answer. The NHS costs were based on a population of 25 million, doesn't work with 62 million.

Brian, Dawlish: There's too many regional variants in the UK NHS to ever be consistent. Regional autonomy for the NHS will secure a more strategic resource that should be sustainable.

Immigration discussion

You can rewatch Russell Brand and Nigel Farage discuss immigration here at the @BBCNews Youtube channel

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Nigel Farage

"We've got an ageing population, the demand for health services is going to go up hugely. I've looked at what happens in France and the Netherlands. They tend to use more insurance-based systems. We as a party have decided that the NHS being free at the point of care is absolutely vital and the involvement of the private sector that we saw under Labour and continuing now has not thus far been a great success."

'Turning in his grave'

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"The variability of care is a real problem for us," adds Camilla Cavendish, associate editor of The Times.

"We need to be very careful that we don't shut down small attempts to make things better."

Question Time - Your Views

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Jim, Lanarkshire: There is a problem in all NHS trusts, which will only be addressed when the managers are sacked and the matrons are brought back.

Camilla Cavendish

"This word 'privatisation' is so misleading. It means 'selling off' to the private sector. If we did that it could lead to the end of the NHS as we know it, and the most precious thing about the NHS is that it is free at the point that we need it and we have to keep it that way. But that's not happening, nobody's talking about selling it off. What is happening is that some of these local commissioning groups, which are run by doctors, are giving contracts to private groups and also to charities. That is an experiment, nobody quite knows where it is going to go."

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British citizenship's been granted to those with "poor immigration histories."

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Mary Creagh

"I think we need to repeal the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Health Bill and we have made that a promise in our election campaign. We do not want to see it (the NHS) opened up.

"The private sector was used by Labour in government to tackle certain problems - health waiting lists where people were waiting 18 months for cataract operations and going blind, hip replacements where people were living in pain and heart operations where people were dying before they were getting their treatment."

Question three

"What role should the private sector play in the future of the NHS?" Alexander Quinn

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Chris, Rothwell: Is this Question Time or the Jeremy Kyle Show? Russell Brand is a fool with loud mouth that is just trying to make a name for himself. Is he campaigning or the working class? If so, I feel embarrassed.

Joe, Brandon: Reducing immigration might not solve all our problems but it would help a great deal and improve our quality of life.

Tighten Border controls

Conservative MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt calls for better border controls and remove financial incentives for people coming to the UK.

Woman in the audience on immigrants

"They should contribute to the country, we shouldn't have to support them. We need to vet people coming into the country."

'Best ever'

Boy George tweets: Best @bbcquestiontime ever!

Mary Creagh MP argues that in difficult times the country needs investment in public services. She points out that her father came from Ireland and worked hard.

'Sense of control'

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Camilla Cavendish: 'I don't think anyone in this country wants to shut the door, but… people want a sense of control' #bbcqt

Camilla Cavendish says people are generally welcoming to immigrants but that most people want controlled immigration.

Man in the audience has a message for Russell Brand

"Stand for Parliament. If you're going to campaign, stand!"

Another member of the audience criticises Nigel Farage and rebukes UKIP's policies. Temperatures are running high in Canterbury...

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Mark Chazot, Faversham: There are a lot of clever people in politics but not many wise people. Russell Brand is like the court jester - funny but wise. This world needs more wisdom and less clever double-speaking politicians.

Henry, Norfolk: Please tell Nigel Brand that Australia has high turnout because it has compulsory voting and nothing to do with their politics.

Russell Brand

"Since the financial crash, banker bonuses have exceeded £80 billion. George Osbourne campaigned to stop caps being placed on banker bonuses at the same time as there were austerity cuts against the poorest among us. We need to close tax loopholes that are exploited by big corporations. I've got money now, I've seen rich people. There's plenty of money out there, it's just not being distributed."

Russell Brand

"Immigrants are not causing the economic problems and suffering we're experiencing. I enjoy seeing Nigel Farage in a boozer with a pint and a fag laughing off his latest scandals about breastfeeding or whatever. But this man is not a cartoon character. He ain't Del Boy, he ain't Arthur Daley, he's a pound-shop Enoch Powell and we've got to watch him."

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Nigel Farage

"If you fly into Gatwick you will see lots of green spaces. However, if you have a country in which the population goes up as a direct result of immigration, what you find is not a shortage of green fields, you find a shortage of primary school places, you find a shortage of GP surgeries. We have fewer GPs per head than any other country in Europe today. You find congestion on the roads and the London Underground or wherever you go.

"You are constantly playing catch-up and the general quality of life for the mass of population goes down. In 1990 the population of this country was 55 million. It is now between 62 and 63 million and that is a massive increase."

Question two

"Is Britain really overcrowded?" Lynne O'Donoghue, retired civil servant

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Charlie, London: The reason Russell Brand has 9 million Twitter followers is because he speaks sense. His comments on not voting resonated with me because it feels like a paradigm shift is needed.

Graham, Ramsgate: Nigel Farage is out of touch with no policies and riding on the poorly equipped alternatives in Tory/Lab/Lib Dem world. Let's see the US-style ballot papers with "none of the above" added. Then we'll see how good these so-called politicians really are.

Question Time - Your Views

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Dan, Oxford: "It was said earlier that the reason people vote is because of hope and optimism. I would argue that in fact many people vote to ensure tyrannical parties don't get in, to counter their chances of being elected or re-elected. I for one will be voting Labour, purely to ensure the NHS isn't destroyed rather than having much faith in Miliband."

Ant, Rhyl: "More hecklers in the QT audience than in the Commons!"

Sue, Colchester: "Just hope Farage gets his policies into Parliament and let's all save Great Britain before it's too late."

Penny Mourdant ' 'Hearts are in the right place'

"There are pieces of theatre in parliament and some fantastic debates," she tells the audience in Canterbury.

Even though she disagrees with a lot of what politicians from across the political spectrum say, "their hearts are in the right place".

Political debate

Another member of the audience says people are fed up with the "Punch & Judy" style of political debate but also raises concerns over the voting system.

Automatically attacking political opponents is a real problem, he adds.