Labour has named both Norwich seats on a list of targets which if won would deliver the party a victory at the 2015 general election.

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Norwich South and Norwich North were joined by Great Yarmouth and Waveney amongst 106 key targets the party aims to take to secure a 60 seat majority in the House of Commons.

Clive Lewis, Labour’s candidate for Norwich South which is sixth on the list, said: “It’s very encouraging to see Norwich being prioritised as a key battleground in the forthcoming General Election.

“But we’re taking nothing for granted. We know we have to work hard to regain the trust of voters and that won’t happen without hard work and policies that tackle social justice, the environment and the long term economic direction of our country.”

Meanwhile Jessica Asato, candidate for Norwich North which appeared 67 on the list, said: “Norwich North is a seat that Labour is determined to win back and its inclusion on the party’s target list is a sign that we will fight for every vote.”

Under the bold plan published this week Labour expects all of its current 255 MPs to hold their seats meanwhile they will focus political and financial resources on the 86 Tory seats and 16 Lib Dem seats, two Welsh and one Scottish seat.

Among notables Labour wants to unseat are the Green Party’s only MP Caroline Lucas and Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes.

Lib Dem Norwich South MP Simon Wright argued that voters would give the government credit for lowering unemployment and reducing the deficit.

He said: “The list was compiled on the basis of swings and Norwich South was a very tight contest in 2010 so it’s not surprising at all to find the constituency as a target seat.

“It’s going to be a tight fight at the next election.”

Labour’s election chief Tom Watson said the list of battlegrounds did not include every seat the party would target and it would be reviewed to take account of opinion polls, elections results and campaign activity on the ground.

21 comments

  • Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Well if labour had left the country with some funds and growth we would not have any recession, they wasted milions gave away our assets including our gold and only supported people to sit on there backsides and draw benifits. LABOUR DOESNT WORK and never will do

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Public sector job are increasing at a fair rate as reported in the house before christmas, the trouble with the NHS is there are to many managers and not enough doctors and investment in NHS is higher than ever. The police elections were and are a joke and should never of happend the only good thing is prescot never got in. If you are rich you spend more money so thats good for everybody, if you up taxes more and more they will leave the country and there spending will go as well, i am glad the labour stealth taxes have gone

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I cannot understand why ordinary working people would want to vote for any of the three main parties, all you do is perpetuate the system that has betrayed us over decades. It doesn`t matter if you vote marxist or nationalist or anything in between just don`t vote for any of the main three, in other words break the cycle.

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    John Bridge

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Let's remember who delivered a double dip recession and is heading us to a triple dip recession. TORIES AND THE LIB DEMS. They have no clue! Labour won the PCC election vote comfortably in Norwich. Watch out Simon Wright and Chloe Smith!

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • You're having us on again, right? Labour left office with 1.1% growth and it was still growing. Straight after George Osborne got into office we fell back into recession - once, twice, and now possibly three times. Only the Olympics have saved him from embarrassment.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I expect the sky to fall in on me for saying this but throughout my lifetime I have ben better off under the tories. They lie and ignore the opinion of the people and would probably send children down coal mines if there was a profit in it but they are in my view by far the best of a very bad bunch. Who could replace any of the big three? Whilst Nigel Farage does not have a hope in hell of getting into no 10 and he does not come across as the most likeable person he does at least talk in straight lines.

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    John Bridge

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • 1\2 is not bad, though. Hedging your bets, grammatically?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • are these people who say labour bankrupted the country serious or are they having a laugh ? do they not remember george osborne, david cameron and nick clegg saying labour were too shy with spending in 2008 ?

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Whilst we cannot control dodgy dealings on a global scale {ie, equity companies with billions at their disposal} we can control what happens in our own backyard. Anyone who followed the RBS collapse throughout its timeline will know this criminal farce was preventable. We can point a finger at any number of people but the twit Darling said "the first I knew off the RBS crisis was a phone call in the early hours saying the bank is about to run out of money".This is one of the most stupid statements I have ever heard from a politician and if it is true {I have my doubts} then God help us.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Both Norwich South and Cambridge are bell-weather seats as they always go the way The Guardian tells them.The Guardian Editorial in April 2015 will determine their fate.Labour now has overall control of the city council and,having removed themselves from the shackles of the Green party,are building council homes,bringing people together to reduce fuel bills and considering implementing a living wage for its contract staff,leading towards £8 an hour.Both candidates are having to deal with the metropolitan elite,white,male and very middle class journalists.Their experience in Afhanistan and local government respectively,should help keep their feet on the ground.Research indicates women are being disproportionately affected by the actions of this coalition which I am sure Jess will be keen to remind us.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • How can anybody vote Labour after there last performance, I know people moan about the Conservatives but at least we wont be bankrupt. Just think about it everytime Labour get in they destroy our country and the Conservative has to get us back on track. They have no clue whats so ever

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Public sector jobs increasing? Where exactly? 6,000 fewer nurses and 7,000 less police since the general election, with more cuts to follow!

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Your right john but who else could and would do it?.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Public sector job are increasing at a fair rate as reported in the house before christmas, the trouble with the NHS is there are to many managers and not enough doctors and investment in NHS is higher than ever. The police elections were and are a joke and should never of happend the only good thing is prescot never got in. If you are rich you spend more money so thats good for everybody, if you up taxes more and more they will leave the country and there spending will go as well, i am glad the labour stealth taxes have gone

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • If you can only afford a ten year old banger to get around and can only afford a `brookside` style rabbit hutch as a home then that is what you should buy. DT you have hit the nail on the head `living within your means` should be ingrained in our culture.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Jess, you must commit to the EDP cause or expect oblivion. If they loose their dear Chloe without her replacement taking up the role there will be a 50% reduction in soundbites. Sweat cheeks, you are a little so and so, another one dishing out the same old nonsense and propaganda that served Dave Cam so well. The UK economy, like the rest of the world, went down the pan because of corrupt global practices between banks, derivatives markets, hedge funds, etc. Labour gets the blame because oh dear they were in power at the time. Its all come good though. All that nonsense Brown was spouting about toughening regulation and carving up the banks to protect the public is now well off the agenda. The financial parasites who are the real root cause of our problems are laughing that their backing for DC and Osbo is yielding the dividends they paid for with their loyal support, donations, etc. They're safe to carry on as before without fear of government intervention. Bankrupt? Don't tell me, let me guess, its all down to PFI? Costs the UK about £10 billion per year, so its not an explanation for the extra £300 billion that Osbo has borrowed since the election. That's as much as was borrowed in 13 years by Labour. Austerity is an opportunist myth, cooked up to justify ideologically-motivated attacks on the public sector and welfare state.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • In Norwich South, both Labour (remember Charles Clarke?) and the Lib Dems (Simon Wright) have proven unfit to be our representatives. In Brighton, Caroline Lucas has been a fantastic MP and it is time we had a second Green MP. New Labour deregulated banking, which partly led to the current crisis and now the Tories have used it as an excuse to make cuts that hurt the poor in particular.

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    DrJB

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • So were you a supporter of the £3bn spend on the NHS reorganisation, the £100m spend on police elections, the £3bn spend on giving the rich tax cuts? Or is that alright as long as the poor are hit hard (who didn't cause the mess we're in)? We're only spending more on the poor because of a failure by this government to replace the jobs being lost.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Look at all this pathetic politicking back and forth about Labour did this, Tories did that. The reason that much of the globe finds itself in financial ruin at the moment is because of the risks taken by the global financial system and a culture of people borrowing and living way beyond their means. That culture was built over generations and governments spent years buying votes and racking up the national debt rather than seeing it coming. It is the fault of both the Tories and Labour for not putting proper regulation in place, but more than anything it is the fault of numerous financial institutions of the world.

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    DT

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Ok lets just go back into the same rutt, lets look after the rubbish and if you work you will keep them in new televisions and iphones. While we are at it lets give everything away to brussels, there are 3 years to go so lets wait and see. People are moaning because they now have to live within there means and not on the labour credit card,

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

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