Listen to ChronicleLive's general election hustings for the North East in full

The candidates who took part in ChronicleLive's general election hustings
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You can now listen to our North East general election hustings in full.

ChronicleLive questioned candidates from the five main political parties contesting seats in our region in a special debate at our Newcastle city centre offices last week. Clashing over issues including the two-child benefit cap and Tory plans for a new national service scheme were candidates Catherine McKinnell (Labour, Newcastle North), Nick Oliver (Conservative, Gateshead Central and Whickham), Natalie Younes (Liberal Democrat, North Northumberland), David Francis (Green, South Shields), and Lynn Murphy (Reform UK, Easington).

The hour-long session is now available for you to hear in its entirety, through the Northern Agenda podcast feed. As well as taking questions sent in by readers during the debate, chaired by Journal editor Graeme Whitfield, a group of students from St Joseph’s Academy in Hebburn also challenged the candidates on key issues affecting young people.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking play in the box below, or you can find it at this link as well.

The debate includes questions on the Conservatives' record in 'levelling up' our region, soaring child poverty rates, and how the main parties plan to combat a crisis in dentistry. The candidates were also questioned on their policies to protect the environment, how to end the junior doctors' strikes, and what they would deliver to improve the lives of young people in the North East.