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A successful election debate

Students and members of the public grilled Eastbourne’s parliamentary candidates at a hustings at the University’s Eastbourne campus on Friday.

The audience at the Hillbrow site questioned Liberal Democrat’s Stephen Lloyd, Conservative’s Caroline Ansell, Labour’s Jake Lambert, the Brexit Party’s Stephen Gander and independent candidate Ken Pollock.

They listened to answers on topics including what Brexit should mean for EU students, whether the abolition of tuition fees is affordable and what can be done to fight climate change.The journalism students, who also organised the event, reported live throughout on their Twitter feed, @overtime_online, and panellists gave one-on-one interviews afterwards.

Journalism course leader Ben Parsons, who chaired the debate, said: “It was great to see such a good turnout from students and the community.

“All the constituency candidates were there and we got a good sense of the broad range of positions they hold on some critical issues.”

The students will also be reporting live from the Eastbourne count overnight on Thursday, December 12. Follow their coverage at @overtime_online and to see highlights of Friday’s debate.

Kerry Burnett • December 9, 2019

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