UKIP should be “ashamed” of its electoral stance on immigration, Tuesday’s Lynn News hustings night was told.
The claim was made by Labour borough councillor Gary McGuinness, while other speakers pleaded for politicians not to “demonise the other person.”
The success of the College of West Anglia Fury basketball team, which contains a number of Polish, Lithuanian and Russian players, was also cited in criticism of UKIP.
But UKIP candidate Toby Coke insisted he had not said anyone coming to the country from eastern Europe “was bad at all”.
And he set out his party’s view that current immigration levels were “simply not sustainable” and affecting public services.
However, Liberal Democrat Hugh Lanham was applauded by the audience when he said: “My father is in hospital and nearly all the people caring for him are immigrants.”
Conservative Henry Bellingham acknowledged there was an issue and said steps had been taken to reduce immigration from non-EU countries.
He said: “We need to be a welcoming country, but we also need balanced migration.”
The Green Party’s Michael de Whalley said: “United, tolerant communities that work together can do so much more.”