Labour chooses election candidate for Great Yarmouth

Sunday, January 20, 2013
1:51 PM

Lara Norris has been selected as Labour’s Great Yarmouth candidate for the 2015 General

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Ms Norris, who has been working as a parliamentary assistant for Luton MP Gavin Shuker, was chosen from an all-women shortlist of two at a meeting of local members in Yarmouth on Saturday.

Borough council leader Trevor Wainwright said she “stood out as a passionate, caring, hard-working activist”.

Ms Norris said: “It’s an honour to be selected by local members to be Labour’s General

Election candidate for Yarmouth, a battleground seat in Labour’s

campaign to return a One Nation Government.

“People here have been let down by a Tory MP who is making the wrong

decisions in Parliament and in his department. He imposed devastating cuts to Local Government funding that will see Yarmouth hit harder than anywhere else in the country.

“Yarmouth deserves better. I will always stand up for local communities and fight for a fair deal for the town.”

49 comments

  • Decade after decade of treachery from the main parties, they lead us into wars, steal our money and so on and so on. Vote for anyone but them.

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    John Bridge

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • It is GREAT news that we have Lara. I guess if you want to find more out about her you could actually try speaking to her, if you really cared, rather than people hiding behind internet comments.

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    Great Yarmouth

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • If Lara does half as much for this constituency as her MP boss Gavin Shuker has done for Luton, then we shall have no complaints. We need somebody who is committed to Yarmouth and will support the borough.

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    Roger Norton

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Glad it's your last comment, Z - I need a break from laughing.

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    Easterner

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • It is GREAT news that we have Lara. I guess if you want to find more out about her you could actually try speaking to her, if you really cared, rather than people hiding behind internet comments.

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    Great Yarmouth

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Parachuted female.This just shows that whoever plays the politics game is so morally bankrupt. UKIP is getting more appealing.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Parachuted female.This just shows that whoever plays the politics game is so morally bankrupt. UKIP is getting more appealing.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Easterner. Its because I get regular letters from Liverpool Victoria insurance offering discounts on insurance for union members, and my local office is the old TGWU building on the yarmouth side, outskirts of Norwich, even though the districe is shown as London East. Also the dues have just gone up again. (about 70p per month) Proof enough for you ?.

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Reads like she will do a top job for her constituents, if elected. Quite unlike that freeloader in the seat currently, who is quite happy to put the boot in to his electorate in order to 'earn' his under-secretary's allowance.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • @ Police Commissioner ??? A quick look shows that around 150 Labour MPs were funded at the last election by guess who, Unite. And guess who funds Ed Miliband and many other Labour front benchers, Unite. So it would appear that Lara is a paid up member of Unite so if she was ever to get elected we would have a union funded MP representing the town. What I find very odd is the low key press coverage this has been given by Labour compared to say like Clive Lewis in Norwich. Hardly a whimper from Yarmouth Labour party. Not discontent in the camp is there?

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • If Lara hadn't been a trade unionist I wouldn't have voted for her. She's in my union, Unite, so that was even better. She's going to make a very good MP for Yarmouth, and I'm going to work my socks off to make sure she gets in.

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    Easterner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Maybe, just maybe, in Lara Norris the constituents of GY have found that person...

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    Mellifluous

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • If you want to be part of the Labour party selection process, join the Labour party! If not, whine away. Yes, we were very pleased with UKIP's performance - they had no chance of winning and undermined the Tories into the bargain. What more could we want - two lots of fairly nasty right-wingers kept out for the price of one, and the LibDems fall off the map.

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    Easterner

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • 'I'm in Labour to change it', but for whom? Any candidate that is not speaking up for all of the Constituency, but for his or her party cronies, self interests and promotion, is bad for Gt. Yarmouth or any other place. You are no different to the other keyboard warriors here Easterner.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • If Lara hadn't been a trade unionist I wouldn't have voted for her. She's in my union, Unite, so that was even better. She's going to make a very good MP for Yarmouth, and I'm going to work my socks off to make sure she gets in.

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    Easterner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I'm in Labour to change it, wes. That is to say, putting my money where my mouth is and doing something about it. You stay with your keyboard, like most others, though, and whine on.

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    Easterner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Found the answer chaps on Labour List web site. She`s a union appointment - "Lara Norris is a community campaigner and was backed by Unite in the selection." What the unions want, the union get. Just like Ed Miliband as Leader. Like Ed she will soon find out that there is no such thing in life as a free meal.

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    BG

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • This whole debate epitomises why British politics is stale and apathy is reigning at the polls. Web have lost the ability to look beyond whats given to us and are rather whimpish, wanting politicians do it all for us. political parties will always look after their own first and the selection process makes this perfectly clear.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Easterner

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Roger Norton, Police Commissioner ???, Great Yarmouth (in triplicate) Peter Watson - But who is Ms Norris? Is she just another female Labour candidate chosen by dear Harriet to add to the sisterhood in the Commons.

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    BG

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • If Lara does half as much for this constituency as her MP boss Gavin Shuker has done for Luton, then we shall have no complaints. We need somebody who is committed to Yarmouth and will support the borough.

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    Roger Norton

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Here we go again, the party hacks denigrating each other when the three main minority parties have nothing left to offer but more platitudes. look at the outer harbour shambles and see party political machinations. No party has nayhting to offer that will get Gt. Yarmouth out of the dumps, unless GT. Yarmoputh people find someone who is genuinely interested in the Town, don't expect anything.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Ooh wes1975, and the rest of you UKIP-lovers, you will soon be wooed back by Cameron's latest promise of a referendum. Of course all of the populist promises he made to get elected in the first place, which will not be fulfilled during this parliament, have been forgotten. Nothing like holding these people to account, and the slavish behaviour of the media is nothing like that. And on the subject of PPI, annual cost is about £10bn, so why has Osbo borrowed another £300bn since May 2010? PPI is another tory tall story to con electors. If it was so bad they would have put a stop to it right away, instead new PPI-funded projects just keep rolling in unabated.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Just out of interest, who was the other candidate Lara faced and what was her background?

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    Londoner

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Looks like another candidate parachuted in.This time from Hertfordshire. is there nobody local who could stand as our MP?

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Good luck to Lara.Yarmouth does deserve better than Brandon Lewis.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • The sex of the candidate is irrelevant-look at what a useless sample Wright was-never voted against the government. And look what happened to Yarmouth under the Labour government. What is important is that this is an inexperienced politician-how will they be best placed to stand up for Yarmouth and lobby for Yarmouth, whose ear will an inexperienced politician have? It would be better if we had an experienced politician the government in power wanted to keep in their seat, then something might get done for the town for a change. Does anyone really think Yarmouth voters will elect anyone other than a UKIP candidate.If they field one that can walk and talk it should work.And it will be more likely if the returning officer does his job properly and only registers and gives voting slips to those legally allowed to vote in general elections and not all the EU migrants who may only vote in council and EU elections.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • You don't know what you're talking about as usual, BG. Lara is not going to be union-funded (why would she need to be?). She's a Unite member. So what? Any sensible person joins a union for protection, representation, and a host of benefits, financial and legal. Lara and Sonia both conducted self-funded internal campaigns, and every Labour Party member in Yarmouth had a vote at the final selection meeting. Lara won fair and square in a secret ballot. Simple as that. If you don't do, you don't get. Lara did, and she got. I did (actively supported Lara), and I got (her selection). Carry on tapping helplessly away, BG. Let us know what you achieve by it.

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    Easterner

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Easterner - it was thanks to UKIP that Labour regained control of GYBC. So wining by default doesn`t seem to me to be anything to crow about. We still do not know who the other candidate was. Please enlighten us. also what of Lara. Is she a local ? If ever there was a case for primaries this was a prime example. As for sitting behind a keyboard, actually it is in front, the web seems the only way of finding out about the, "saviour," of Gt Yarmouth. The local Labour party don`t seem too forth coming.

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    BG

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Here we go again. A choice of one of two women. I wonder who the other candidate was. A seemingly lack of information on the web about Ms Norris which I find rather odd. We don`t want a party activist as they can be a pain in the proverbial. What we want is someone who is a committed MP. She seems to be suffering from the classic Labour problems of, " Collective Amnesia," in that she has forgotten that the woes of Gt Yarmouth i.e high levels of dependency on benefits and immigrants were imposed by her party on the town whilst they were in power for 13 years. Which is why locally UKIP is so strong at the moment.

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    BG

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Maybe, just maybe, in Lara Norris the constituents of GY have found that person...

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    Mellifluous

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Easterner you really are a deluded fool. Your beloved Labour party has ruined the cultural heritage of our country.Put us in so much debt, the majority of it off the books too with PPI and PPI, illegal war and there's so much else too. And where do you see your esteemed, ex Leader the Rev.Blair? Yes, tax evading with his private companies making millions for himself and his God awful, grinning fugly wife. I hope that Labour NEVER get a sniff of power again.

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    wes1975

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • V - I don't buy that you're a Unite member at all, simply because I am a rep, and (along with several other reps)I frequently represent Unite members, whether they are the only member in their workplace or not. And every Unite member gets to vote in internal elections. Z - Abuse, already! You called me a hypocrite because you had nothing to say. But that's okay. You keep tapping away. While you get all hot and bothered at your keyboard I'll be working for my party and my union to get the kind of society I want. Sorry if it's not the one you want, but you can always bleat helplessly about it on here, if that makes you feel better.

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    Easterner

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • @Easterner. "So what? Any sensible person joins a union for protection, representation, and a host of benefits, financial and legal. " What rubbish. The only ones unite look after are the publicly paid council jobsworths. The workers in private industry can go and whistle. They dont want to know especially if it is one person who has a problem and only collectively if it is a high profile company i.e Rolls Royce. I know this, and before you say anything, I am a unite member, in private industry, and I never got a chance to vote for anyone.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • BG - what "we" want we only get by hauling ourselves off our backsides and getting it, instead of sitting behind a keyboard whining about it on here. I voted for Lara, who has impressed me since I first met her. She is going to make a great constituency MP. Her opponent was equally impressive, so condolences to her. Brandon Lewis's time is limited, and he seems to know that, but his own fault for putting party before people. Don't know what the UKIP people are getting excited about - our local polling shows this collection of oddballs and fruitcakes losing their deposit, but helpfully shaving 2 to 2.7% off thr Tory vote. Thsnks guys.

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    Easterner

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • BG. Perhaps you should appraise yourself of the facts. #1: Lara applied personally to be on the shortlist, she then had to pass an interview with Senior CLP members before being accepted. 2: Lara's campaign was purely self funded, a campaign that was successful in that she convinced the majority of CLP voting members (not the union) to select her as PPC.

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    Mellifluous

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • @BG, check out tory party doners if you want to find something sinister. And while you are about it let's cut through the 'Labour left the country skint’ myths with some real facts from HM Treasury and the ONS. Labour inhertited £350bn debt from the tories. During the next 13 years Labour had to make interest payments on this debt of £342bn, which would have been even higher if Labour hadn't made the prudent choice of repaying £60 bn of the tory's debts at the start of Labour's first term. This debt repayment cut the interest payments and freed up more government income ongoing to invest in the economy, schools, hospitals, the police, etc. Why Labour left office with a ton of debt was the response required to save the banks following the global economic collapse, fuelled by the actions of the troy's bankster mates, who are still getting away with it. Note the complete absence of any discussion on global banking reforms to stop this ever happening again since the torys came to power. Their funders would be in uproar - an unregulated verging on corrupt system is what funds their profits and in turn tory party donations.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • For those who like carping on about Labour's union links - what is the issue exactly? This is a throw-back to the Thatcher era, when the free market philosophy promoted get rich quick for a tiny minority at the expense of mass exploitation and deprivation. Obviously any body standing up for workers' rights are militant-tendency trot bogey men who must be smashed. The long-term benefits of successful brainwashing?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Easterner this will be my last comment to you on the subject because clearly you have totally missed my point. You are the one tap taping away on you keyboard and whining. If you are really in labor to change it get you backside out of your chair and stop commenting on the mercury website. Go out and charge it if you really want to. Also you have slandered my good name because a dared to fight you laborist union people. You were on thise site abusing and bullying these good people before I was here. I was only standing up for them; don't try and turn this around and make me look like the bad guy. Also read my full post before responding because I think you have missed the point of the last ones. P.S. when you and your union friends are about I will be avoiding the Homestead steel mill and Haymarket square (that is a guilded age reference look it up).

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    Z:)

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • @ Police Commissioner ??? For those who like carping on about Labour's union links - what is the issue exactly? TINSTAAFL or more succinctly, "who pays the piper calls the tune". @ Mellifluous If Lara was an independent candidate as you suggest why was it necessary for her to seek the backing of Unite. What has a national union like Unite got to do with the affairs of a local Labour party.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Easterner you hypocrite you keep saying people are whining and hiding behind their keyboards but that's exactly what your doing. And unless your a millionaire you cant change labor.

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    Z:)

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • WHO ????????

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    "V"

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • A keyboard warrior attacks a Labour activist - that is, activist, as in doing something - and I'm the hypocrite? If you aren't prepared to get away from your PC, whining in your inactivity and not engaging in politics you deserve all you get. But I'll get something, because I could be bothered. Same goes for Tory and LibDem activists. You keep tapping impotently away at your keyboard though, if it makes you happy.

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    Easterner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Ill have none of your slander and defemation. Everyone always runs down poor UKIP but they actually have very sensible policies. More sensible than labor. Also Easterner I see some fault in your arguemnet. You keep saying people keep whining behind their keyboards but that's exactly what YOU are doing.

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    Z:)

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Easterner explain to me how you are an activist! Why would laborious want you? You clearly have a brain the size of a walnut. You failed to understand my last comment. You are a hypocrite because you criticize everyone who opposes you as being a keyboard warrior and whining and hiding behind their keyboards. You are a hypocrite because you criticize everyone of doing that but that is exactly what you yourself are doing so yes you are a huge hypocrite.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Z:) You have a point about millionaires in the Labour party. It does help you get get on the shadow front bench. Bit of a joke really as they pretend to be the voice of the working man. Many of them haven`t had a proper job in their lives. However nothing is going to change in the party as the unions are firmly in control as evidenced by Lara`s appointment by Unite not the local Labour party as Labour`s PPC for GY.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I'm in Labour to change it, wes. That is to say, putting my money where my mouth is and doing something about it. You stay with your keyboard, like most others, though, and whine on.

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    Easterner

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Sonia Barker, a Councillor from Waveney, was the other shortlisted candidate. Previously, Mrs Barker came second to Bob Blizzard in their PPC selection process.

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    Mellifluous

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • BG - what "we" want we only get by hauling ourselves off our backsides and getting it, instead of sitting behind a keyboard whining about it on here. I voted for Lara, who has impressed me since I first met her. She is going to make a great constituency MP. Her opponent was equally impressive, so condolences to her. Brandon Lewis's time is limited, and he seems to know that, but his own fault for putting party before people. Don't know what the UKIP people are getting excited about - our local polling shows this collection of oddballs and fruitcakes losing their deposit, but helpfully shaving 2 to 2.7% off thr Tory vote. Thsnks guys.

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    Easterner

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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