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● Cambridge parliamentary candidates Daniel Zeichner (Labour), Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), John Hayward (Conservative), Stuart Tuckwood (Green) and Keith Garrett (Rebooting Democracy) faced off in hustings held at ARU this evening

● The candidates debated a range of issues, including housing and Brexit

● Stay tuned for Varsity's coverage of the BBC debate later 

7:01pm That's Varsity signing off at ARU! Thank you for joining us today, and please remember to follow our coverage of the BBC Election Debate later. For now, though: a well earned drinks reception. 

7:00pm Zeichner closes with a Cambridge-focused statement, saying that he wants to continue to deliver for Cambridge, and to reduce the gap between the rich and the less affluent in society. 

6:58pm Huppert cites his personal efforts on fracking and international development aid, along with managing to garner the support of the NUS. He again emphasises that the Lib Dems are the anti-Brexit party.

6:57pm Tuckwood states that, having worked in the NHS, he believes that the Conservatives should not be elected. He again presses the idea of climate change. 

6:56pm Hayward is next - focusing on 60,000 people in Cambridge benefiting from the £1000 tax cut, and the 18 new schools introduced. 

6:55pm We begin with the closing statements from the politicians. Garrett raises the issue of sortition again, and is particularly passionate about the idea of G1000 - one thousand people discussing their community. 

6:52pm Next, a question on a prevalent issue, particularly in Cambridge - how do the panel propose to stop homelessness in the UK? Hayward cites the Conservative manifesto commitment to halve the amount of homeless individuals in the UK. Tuckwood describes the rising homelessness in Cambridge as a 'disgrace' and says that the housing crisis must ultimately be resolved. 

6:49pm Tuckwood wants to put a stop to unpaid internships and to introduce a minimum wage of £10. This is supported by Huppert, but he also wants to end Zero-Hour Contracts. 

6:47pm We begin the closing round of questions, with Hayward discussing Equality of Opportunity - with the Conservatives reducing the gender pay gap and payment inequality. 

6:44pm Huppert believes that 20,000 homes should be constructed near Addenbrookes. Hayward states that the Conservatives have set up 'Help to Buy' schemes, but concedes that housing is a long term issue. 

6:42pm On student debt: Tuckwood believes we should get rid of it now, as most of it will have to be written off when most cannot afford to pay it back. Huppert agrees, stating that he protested heavily against the introduction of tuition fees. 

6:40pm We're over an hour in and we've just had the first hint of political beef! Hayward promotes his 'true blue' Conservative literature over the blue literature of the Lib Dems, and suggesting he is more willing to effect cross-party working than some other candidates on the panel.

6:37pm Garrett jumps in, accusing career politicians as being "abstracted" from the rest of the population, proposing a randomly selected House of Lords. 

6:35pm A question from a student who reveals that he has lost faith in UK politics: how do politicians propose to group together on all sides to help detribalise politics? 

6:32pm Tuckwood cites the planned striking of midwives, nurses and junior doctors as proof that the NHS is in crisis, arguing that it doesn't matter about the promise of numbers. Zeichner confirms that there is a privatisation trail. Huppert states that under Labour, funds from privatisation increased from £1.1 billion to £7 billion.

6:27pm Hayward is grilled about May's idea to sell NHS owned land, but states that he is unaware of the particular asset policy, and that the Conservatives have put £10 billion into the NHS. He says that their manifesto pledges to fund it with a further £8 billion. 

6:24pm Zeichner criticises the Treasury central system, which doesn't allow cities like Cambridge to profit as much as they potentially could. 

6:22pm Tuckwood again: this time, on his belief that we need to move beyond simply taxing people, and proposes a Wealth Tax, along with axeing Trident and the new rail projects. It earns him a round of applause from the floor.

6:19pm Tuckwood argues that we need to immediately reassure the 3 million EU citizens here that they are welcome to stay. Zeichner says that Labour are committed to staying in Horizon 2020 and European Regulation systems.

6:16pm CUSU's very own Amatey Doku asks the candidates how they propose to protect student rights post-Brexit. 

6:13pm Tuckwood says that every other party on the panel has had a role in introducing tuition fees, and that the Green Party want to abolish them.

6:12pm Huppert jumps in, calling grammar schools "divisive." He believes teachers should be supported and more money should be provided to schools in the state sector. Zeichner and Tuckwood are in agreement. 

6:11pm Hayward defends the free school meal policy, arguing that it has been misrepresented. Those who currently qualify for free school meals will get both breakfast and lunch under the new policy. On grammar schools, he says that it is the children from most disadvantaged backgrounds who reap the benefits.

6:08pm Another question for Hayward: this time about cutting school lunches for children and the policy on grammar schools, arguing that the 11+ entrance exam is damaging. 

6:05pm Zeichner hits back, stating that the Conservatives just wanted to save money. Tuckwood agrees, saying that he believes disability benefits should increase in line with inflation, something Huppert also supports.

6:04pm The introductions are finished and we move onto the questions. Hayward is asked to defend the Conservative benefit reforms and disability cuts. He argues that the party now want to focus on helping those most in need. 

6:02pm Last up is Garrett, a computer scientist from Rebooting Democracy. He's concerned with the prevalence of media soundbites and career politicians, and proposes a variation on democracy called sortition, where a representative body of people (with quotas of all genders, races and ages) will make decisions. 

5:58pm Hayward is keen to stress that he isn't a typical career politician, having a career which began when studying science and genetics at Cambridge. He discusses his commitment to education, promising to introduce a technical qualification. On Brexit, he argues for a positive deal, saying that he will ensure Cambridge's voice is heard.

5:55pm Tuckwood, a nurse at Addenbrookes hospital, believes that he has significant knowledge of Cambridge issues. He presses the issue of climate change, and argues that we should invest in the future and end fuel poverty. 

5:52pm Huppert opens with Brexit - describing it as "the big issue." He warns students that their future is at stake and believes that EU citizens should be protected. He supports abolition of tuition fees, the destigmatisation of mental health issues and more secure tenancies. 

5:49pm Zeichner is first to make his opening remarks, thanking the university communities for their help over his term as Cambridge's MP. He also cites Labour's promise to abolish tuition fees, and cuts faced by disabled students and student nurses.

5:42pm We're off!

5:37pm The hustings are about to kick off: each candidate will have 3 minutes in which to make their opening remarks, before the hustings are opened to questions from the floor

5:26pm Hi, we're Caitlin Smith, Phoebe Gargaro and Howard Chae - join us this evening at ARU as we follow one of a series of General Election hustings in which the Cambridge Parliamentary candidates go head to head in their views on key issues. 

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