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  1. Our live coverage of the debate

    Thanks for joining us for what has been an interesting and far-reaching debate.

    If you would like to take another listen to what happened, you can find the full debate here.

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  2. 'We will scrap the punitive sanctions regime'

    Labour's Peter Dowd says:

    Quote Message: We will scrap the punitive sanctions regime introduced by the Tories, scrap the bedroom tax, implement the PIP legal ruling, restore housing benefit for under 21s, scrap the bereavement support payment reforms that the Tories brought in and we'll upgrade carers' allowance.
  3. People facing disability benefit cut over cirteria 'is completely wrong'

    The Lib Dems' Sue McGuire says:

    Quote Message: There are people being called in for case reviews and having their disability benefit cut because their condition doesn't meet the criteria, and that is completely wrong.
  4. 'Make sure people are getting the maximum from benefits'

    Conservative Laura Evans says:

    Quote Message: We need to look at benefits closely - and we are scrutinising them - and also to make sure they are getting the maximum from those benefits.
  5. 'We need to improve our support at all levels across the field'

    The Green Party's Jessica Northey says:

    Quote Message: We need to improve our support at all levels across the field to ensure that people with disabilities are represented at the highest levels of politics so they can influence the decisions which are going to impact on their lives.
  6. 'Nobody wants to see any cuts to people who are on disability benefits'

    Ukip's David Hunter-Keay says:

    Quote Message: Nobody wants to see any cuts to people who are on disability benefits and I would to see funding cut that is going abroad, so we do not cut our benefits.
  7. What will the parties do to support disabled people?

    The final question comes from Lucy, who asks:

    Quote Message: What will the parties do to support disabled people?
  8. 'We need to get our businesses to hook into local talent'

    The Lib Dems's Sue McGuire says:

    Quote Message: Liverpool has some fantastic universities, they're leading on cutting edge and we need to respect that and we need to get our businesses to hook into that.
    Quote Message: We have a fantastic opportunity here, picking up the point from Jess and the Green Party, we should be looking at new technologies and green technologies.
    Quote Message: If we, as Merseyside, sell ourselves as a centre of excellence in those areas then investment will come.
  9. 'The lifeblood of this city'

    Conservative Laura Evans says:

    Quote Message: There has been £400m worth of investment into Peel Docks at Liverpool - they are amazing, they are going to be the lifeblood of this city.
  10. 'We want a new economy based on green investment'

    The Green Party's Jessica Northey says:

    Quote Message: We want a new economy based on green investment, based on new technology, based on renewable energy.
    Quote Message: We need to make this transition as a country, as a European continent, as a planet if we want to give a future that's worth living for our children.
    Quote Message: Our manifesto sets out a plan to invest in the technologies we need to transform our economy to provide new, clean, green jobs for young people that are meaningful and will help our country make the transition that's needed.
  11. 'Keep the Labour Party away from Number 10'

    Ukip's David Hunter-Keay says:

    Quote Message: I say this very simply and from the bottom of my heart - if you want to save the economy, you must keep the Labour Party away from Number 10.
    Quote Message: The last time they were in power they country was in an absolute mess - we all lost our jobs, we all lost our homes.
  12. 'We've got to have strong local government'

    Labour's Peter Dowd says:

    Quote Message: What we've got is a situation where in the South East, they account for 40% of GDP and the rest of us in the regions are lagging behind.
    Quote Message: We've got to have strong local government, and I'm pleased that we've got a new Metro Mayor who is going to help focus our attention to get the inward investment that we actually need in Merseyside.
  13. 'How will each party bring investment into the region?'

    An audience member asks:

    Quote Message: How will each party bring investment into the region?
  14. Houses 'have to be connected to the communities in the right places'

    The Conservatives' Laura Evans says:

    Quote Message: We admit we have to build more houses and these houses have to be in the right place.
    Quote Message: They have to be connected to the communities in the right places.
  15. 'What is being offered right now isn't responding to what local people want'

    The Green Party's Jessica Northey says:

    Quote Message: The houses that are currently being built on the green belt are not affordable homes.
    Quote Message: In many of the towns surrounding Liverpool, you'll see these new developments, they are strictly dependent on car ownership, they're not linked up to local services. It feels like across the North West, there is a low level of debate and discussion what the actual needs are.
    Quote Message: What is being offered right now isn't responding to what local people want, it's responding to what the developers want.
  16. 'The lowest level of housebuilding since the 1920s'

    Labour's Peter Dowd says:

    Quote Message: We've got the lowest level of housebuilding since the 1920s, and we're going to continue to have the lowest level under the Tories. They've not met any of the targets they've set themselves.
    Quote Message: We want to be able to achieve major housebuilding in this country and it's got to be done in partnership between local authorities, housing associations, the private sector - that's how you get affordable housing.
  17. 'The situation in housing is at a crisis point'

    Ukip's David Hunter-Keay says:

    Quote Message: The situation in housing is at a crisis point. With the immigration to this county over the last 20 years, we've had to build a house every five minutes.
    Quote Message: The type of houses you see being built are not the type of houses you want to see if you want to start on the property ladder - it is totally geared to people coming in and not wanting to get on the property ladder.
  18. 'We need to build more houses'

    Liberal Democrat Sue McGuire says:

    Quote Message: We admit that we need to build more houses and these have to be right place and connected to the communities and there has to be the infrastructure.
    Quote Message: I don't know at this point what the price of an affordable home should be because the prices are going up and going up and going up.
  19. 'How is the housing crisis going to be solved?'

    Audience member Peter asks:

    Quote Message: How is the housing crisis going to be solved?
  20. 'More investment in areas to offer children a variety of options'

    Conservative Laura Evans says:

    Quote Message: Tuition fees will be staying but we will be looking at more investment in areas to offer children a variety of options.