WATCH: Who is standing in the General Election 2017 in South Norfolk and why do they think you should vote for them?
PUBLISHED: 18:54 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 07 June 2017
We asked the general election candidates in South Norfolk to tell us why you should vote for them on Thursday, June 8. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said:
Richard Bacon (Conservative)
“This election is very important for the future of our country. We have to get the next five years right. Britain needs a strong government to get the best deal as we leave the European Union.
“We need to keep our economy strong so that we can afford to pay for the National Health Service and social care.
“We need to make sure it pays to be in a job, with proper rights and protection in the workplace.
“Outside the EU, we will have the final say over who can come to live and work in Britain. But we also need to make sure young people have the right skills to take the jobs so employers do not need to bring in so many workers from overseas.
“I will continue to campaign for better broadband. There have been improvements but there is still more to do. I will keep up my food labelling campaign to give consumers the choice to support British farmers.
“It should be much easier for young people and families to get their own place to live. Many people want to get a piece of land and build the home they always dreamed of – and through the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act, which I steered through Parliament, this will become an increasingly normal housing choice for those who want it.
“I want to return to Parliament to work with Theresa May’s Conservatives to build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain, a country that works for everyone.”
Chris Brown (Liberal Democrat)
“I live within South Norfolk, near Harleston with my wife, Zoë, and three young children.
“With a young family and serving as a governor of a local primary school, I take a special interest in education and want to give our young people a brighter future. I oppose the Conservatives’ planned cuts of £40m to Norfolk’s schools and ending of free school meals. The Liberal Democrats will invest in schools, expanding free school meals to all primary pupils and trebling the pupil premium.
“Having also been a trustee of a homelessness charity and a local councillor before moving to Norfolk, I am keenly aware of housing and homelessness issues and am determined to tackle the local housing crisis. The Liberal Democrats will put an end to rough sleeping and set up a government commissioning programme to build new homes.
“I run my own business, and want to bring experience from this and my voluntary work to support South Norfolk by campaigning for better broadband in rural areas and improved transport links, and confronting our pressing environmental challenges.
“I want a country that is open, tolerant and united.
“I want the next generation to have the opportunities I had and be able to live, travel, work and study without hindrance across the EU.
“I will challenge hard Brexit at every opportunity. The only way to stop the hard Brexit Conservatives from taking the country in the wrong direction is to back me and vote Liberal Democrat in South Norfolk.”
Danielle Glavin (Labour)
“I love living in Norfolk but I know life could be better. I work at a cancer charity and I’m a farmer. That means I know how vital our NHS is. I also know the downsides of rural life.
“My first priority is to undo the damage caused by the Conservative Party’s cuts.
“Our headteachers say they can’t afford essential staff, our NHS is in crisis, we’re waiting weeks to see GPs, police numbers have been cut, foodbank use is rising, and now pensioners will lose the triple lock on pensions and, in South Norfolk, 90pc are expected to lose their winter fuel payments. It won’t be this way if you vote Labour.
“My second priority is better services. Look at Long Stratton, 1,800 homes are coming but where are the extra GP surgeries and school places? It’s an issue across South Norfolk and it needs to change.
“I’ll help the groups trying to roll-out better broadband and I’ll fight for a better bus service.
“Vote for me and we can take back control of our trains when the franchise ends. At the moment Diss’ rail service is owned by the Dutch - I want those profits to benefit Norfolk, not the Netherlands.
“My third priority is Brexit. Trade relies on EU exports, rights that protect us and our environment are at risk. We need a good deal and I will fight for one.
“Life can be better if you vote differently, vote for change, vote Labour in South Norfolk.”
Catherine Rowett (Green)
“I stood in the general election in 2015, and I am standing again in 2017. I live in Eaton, near the Norwich Research Park and I work at the University.
“I believe that South Norfolk urgently needs a Green future, and so does the UK more generally, for the sake of the planet, for the sake of the world, and for the sake of our country, which must not become a dependent satellite of Donald Trump’s America.
“My priorities for the General Election are:
“Yes to keeping our ties with Europe; yes to the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK.
“No to tax evasion; yes to collaboration on global tax dodging.
“Yes to clean energy; no to fracking.
“Yes to full public funding of the NHS; no to privatisation.
“Yes to funding for public transport, cycling and railways, but no to HS2 and no to more destructive dirty roads.
“In South Norfolk many local problems stem from policies decided at Westminster: the Tories have caused a crisis in the NHS by draining its money into private companies’ profits and by year on year cuts to social care provision.
“In denial about their electoral fraud and their deceptive tactics leading up to the referendum, the Conservatives are insisting on a devastating divorce from the EU, spelling untold misery to farmers, small businesses, students, researchers, health-workers, low-income families, British people abroad, EU citizens working here, and just about every voter in this constituency. This must be stopped.”