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PUBLISHED: 16:41 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

CANDIDATES: From left to right - Ray Adams, David Gold, Steven Toole, Andrew Graham, Clive Efford and Arthur Hayles.

CANDIDATES: From left to right - Ray Adams, David Gold, Steven Toole, Andrew Graham, Clive Efford and Arthur Hayles.

ROARS of laughter and the odd snore were just some of the features of the last hustings in a marginal Labour seat.

ROARS of laughter and the odd snore were just some of the features of the last hustings in a marginal Labour seat.

The United Reform Church in Court Road, Eltham, was packed last night (April 28) as the congregation and residents turned out in force to see what the Eltham parliamentary candidates had to say for themselves.

The English Democrat and British National Party candidates were the only hopefuls out of the eight standing, not to attend the fourth hustings for the Eltham constituency, which Labour won last time with a margin of just 3,276 votes.

As each of candidates for the main three parties trotted out their familiar party messages, it was independent candidate Andrew Graham and UK Independence Party hopeful Ray Adams, who had the audience in stitches.

When asked about school discipline, Mr Graham gesticulated with his hand and answered: "We are not allowed to slap children. I didn't hit my children often, but they knew the nuclear deterrent was there."

Other issues raised included faith schools, immigration and honesty in politics.

Howls of laughter followed when Mr Graham was asked about immigration. He said: "We have to settle asylum seekers in third world countries, entirely funded by us. These places would probably be better than their own countries."

When asked about honesty in politics, Mr Adams said: "My father brought me up to always tell the truth. I think it was the worse thing he ever did for me. I had no friends. I would urge people to vote for me and, if I could find the magic words to make people vote for me, I would say them."

Labour candidate Clive Efford said his party's policy of not taking any money out of the economy ensured Britain would not slip back into recession. But he did warn: "We should not have to be so reliant on the financial services industry.

"I pride myself on my frankness which has often got me into trouble. Especially, with my own party."

Conservative David Gold agreed with Mr Efford that the number one issue for the election is the economy but said he preferred the more laisser faire attitude to helping people in the recovery, adding: "We are living beyond our means. The government is living beyond its means. If the government gets off people's backs, then people tend to prosper more."

Liberal Democrat candidate Steven Toole, who lives in Plumstead, said there have been many changes to some parts of the borough, for example Woolwich, but Eltham often gets ignored.

Introducing himself in the opening speech, Green Party candidate Arthur Hayles said: "The Green party realise that we are not lords of this earth but stewards of it.

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