Revealed - the top election issues for Hull and East Riding voters

Sunset in Victoria Square, Hull - as the sun also sets on the general election campaign, we reveal Hull Live readers' top election issues
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The NHS and health, and immigration are almost neck-and-neck as the most important issues to Hull and East Riding voters.

Hull Live has been asking readers in recent weeks to pick up to three key issues for the general election. The survey has twelve specific categories and an 'Other' option, with a comment box to allow for other topics, or expansion on the reasons for the topics chosen.

The NHS and health has topped the survey so far, as of July 2, with 20 per cent of the vote. In a mirror image of a similar survey of Grimsby Live readers, immigration has come second, with 19 per cent.

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Cost of living places third, on 17 per cent, though has surged in recent days. There is then a considerable gap before the next highest ranked issue, which got half the votes of cost of living. Grimsby Live readers collectively ranked 'Trust and Integrity in Politics' as the sixth most important issue for them, but on the north bank of the Humber, it is the fourth.

Transport, and levelling up and regeneration were the lowest-ranked issues for Hull Live readers at the general election. See below for the percentage votes in full.

Other issues raised and questions for candidates

Six per cent of responses involved topics not specifically covered by the listed categories. State pension issues were the most frequently raised of these. They broadly split into two elements.

The first, compensation for WASPI women, ruled as owed by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman for the way the raising and equalisation of the state pension age adversely impacted women born in the 1950s."Four million women, six years robbed pensions," was one commenter's view on this issue. The second pension element was concern about income tax applying to state pensions, an issue the Conservative Party has campaigned to act against, with a so-called 'triple lock plus'.

Other entries covered Brexit, the Gazan conflict, higher education and continued support for Ukraine. Hull Live separately also asked readers for suggested questions to put to parliamentary candidates. These influenced questions asked of Hull constituency candidates, which included the raising of WASPI compensation and stances on Ofsted, the schools' inspection body.

"When will the damage of Brexit finally be acknowledged and discussions around our relationship with the EU started?" was a Hull West and Haltemprice constituent's question. Other topics raised in questions submitted included the development on agricultural land in Goole and Pocklington constituency, improving public transport between rural areas and towns, and changing the make-up of the House of Lords.

There were also a few entries that complained about not being consulted on constituency boundary changes for this general election. However, these were passed after two public consultation phases carried out by the Boundary Commission for England. The joining up of most of Grimsby and Cleethorpes into one on the south side of the Humber came about despite a degree of opposition in the consultations.