New Conservative candidate chosen for north Norfolk is Ann Steward

Ann Steward Ann Steward

Friday, May 30, 2014
10:20 PM

It was decision time in north Norfolk tonight as the Conservatives chose their parliamentary candidate for next year’s general election.

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Ann Steward, who is currently a Breckland District councillor and lives in Hilborough near Swaffham, was picked to contest MP Norman Lamb’s seat.

Mr Lamb has held the Liberal Democrat strong-hold for the past three elections, meaning the newest Conservative candidate has a tough challenge ahead to unseat the north Norfolk favourite.

But with heavy defeats in the recent European elections, where all but one Lib Dem Euro MP was wiped out, Mrs Steward, who has lived in Norfolk from the age of three, said she is confident of having a chance.

She said: “There has been some strong messages and I will be talking to all the electorate. It is important that I meet as many people as possible.

“I have got the time to be out there and we will be working very closely as an association together.”

And despite UKIP’s performance in the EU elections, Mrs Steward said she would concentrate on spreading the Conservative’s message rather than looking over her shoulder.

She said: “I will be out in the streets putting in the leg work and I am here for the long term.”

Rhodri Oliver, who has just been elected chairman of the local party, said the recent elections have pushed the north Norfolk seat wide open.

He said: “This seat is not for Norman Lamb to hold it is for whoever fights hardest.

“We were looking for someone that knows Norfolk and who can make north Norfolk blue again.”

Mrs Steward will also be up against Denise Burke (Labour) and Michael Baker (UKIP).

Current MP Mr Lamb first won the seat in 2001 with a slim 483 majority, having twice being beaten into second place by the Conservatives.

In 2005 Mr Lamb saw his majority rise to 10,606 when against Tory Iain Dale, when Mr Lamb polled 31,515 votes and Mr Dale 20,909.

The result last time in May 2010 was: Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) 27,554, Trevor Ivory (Con) 15,928, Phil Harris (Lab) 2,896, Michael Baker (UKIP) 2,680, Andrew Boswell (Green) 508, Simon Mann (Ind) 95.

What do you think of the latest Conservative candidate? Email EDPletters@archant.co.uk

35 comments

  • Shoppaholic, If you are you claiming to be Denise Burke the Labour candidate, Why do you hide your identity from the voters?

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    Hugh

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Hugh-I moved to Happisburgh in 2010, hardly ' a very short time' as you suggest.

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    Shoppaholic

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • How right you are electo. We lost our chance of a great candidate through blatant prejudice and double crossing of the sort that should never have been left unsettled. Since then any true volunteer has had no hope of joining a decent Association and nor have they had one jot of support from Con HQ or Cameron, even though they are more than aware of so many things that transpired, If you want votes David you should have been looking after your grass roots for years - the ones that don't earn the money and still gave up their time for you.

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    Sunshine

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Sorry, my reply below was to Jeffrey Osborne

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    Sunshine

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Are you mad?!! He, and one or two other staff are, why NN not only lost the election, but its Association to boot, by a disgraceful disregard for senior committed members.

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    Sunshine

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I do not know who Mike is, I expect the voter will decide if she is the chosen one or not. Maybe she should change her surname to Lamb.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I think she played a small part at NCC swe.etche.eks - just ask Mike!!

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    disolushund

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • what makes one think that climate change denial attracts votes? Not that Ms Steward will do anything about it, but King Canute will be the UKIP candidate for Norwich North and he will first lay a massive white blanket over thew whole of the Antarctic, that will stop it melting, and then he'll huff and puff until we slowly sail into the middle of the Atlantic far far away from all the Celtic, Norman, Roman, Viking, Saxon and eastern European immigrants coming to Engeland. All sorted, there there.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • She has that Murphy look about her, you know the one. "Trust me I won't let you down". Yeah right Did she do anything at NCC apart from being annoying?

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • @backwoodsman. What makes you think a penny off beer and frozen petrol duty will hoodwink the already fed up voter . We have the labour ed milliband leader who cant recall the names of local labour leaders on a visit to the ward and thinks a family shopping bill comes to 70 pounds

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    milecross

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I admire your optmism MC, but what if the big two address the problem leading up to the election? Which they probably will, and that will be enough to sway the drones. And history is stacked up against you.Shall we have a tenner on it?! As for living on another planet, you are almost correct-I am in Comer!

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • @backwoodsman . If you think the winner will be the tories or labour you are living on another planet . By the time the election gets here this country will be in the same boat as Greece ,,,.Immigration is the voting issue and the vote winner. There is over 20 million people unemployed in Europe and millions on food handouts . You cannot keep ignoring the problem and you cannot keep printing money as a way out of this mess

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    milecross

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • 'This seat is not for Norman Lamb to hold it is for whoever fights hardest.' Oh dear, young Rohdri is really eager to lean on his supporters who voted for UKIP. Ann Steward is as toxic as the pollution she wanted to spread over Kings Lynn's Conservatives, she was partial to the outer harbour mis design in Gt. Yarmouth, something thats still not rectified, And where are the ferry service and the 1000 jobs?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I posted a very innocent and genuine entry yesterday, asking whether Mrs Steward will be moving from her Breckland home to a house in North Norfolk to show her commitment to the area. Clearly it offended someone at the EDP.

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    John Martin

    Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • I don't carry a card for any party at present Jono, So why did you vote for Norman in 2010? as he has never lived in the constituency.

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    Hugh

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Are you defending the Tory candidate now, Hugh? You were calling her a 'paper candidate' on here last night, not exactly encouraging words for someone who was a card carrying member in North Norfolk.

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    Jono

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Ann Bless her are we to get another Outer Harbour???

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    John L Cooper

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Mile Cross, the LibDems might well get wiped out at the next election, because at heart they are wishy-washy, beige, sandal wearing, pipe smoking, Grauniad reading, muesli eating Geography teachers. But ukip won't do much better either, because, as usual, the two main parties will come up with a selection of policies and promises that will fool the basically naive voters of this once great land, into voting for what they are comfortable with. There will be 2p off tax and a penny off beer, fags will only go up a little bit, and petrol costs will be frozen for a little while. Hey presto! Normal service continues.

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    backwoodsman

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • norman lamb has done nothing to get badly need money for new flood defences across Norfolk .The libdems will face total wipe out at the next election . . The only party speaking for the british people is ukip

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    milecross

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • She is hot! (incinerator joke) But she is.....and just love the jauntily angled safety hat! It won't protect you from feeling the love, though Annie baby!!! Arooga! Woof Woof!!

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    backwoodsman

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Big hair,little brain, Murphy acolyte- says it al.l

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    maryjane

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Jono, So why did you vote for Norman in 2010? as he has never lived in the constituency, can I remind you that Denise Burke the Labour candidate has only lived in Norfolk for a very short time.

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    Hugh

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • if you take into account that this coalition government is borrowing 400 million pounds a day to carry on with the same wreckless spending as the last labour government it doesn't seem to look like things have changed one bit since labour left power

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    milecross

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • we all know now the next election will be fought and won on one subject . IMMIGRATION

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    milecross

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Wonder if she's desperate enough for the seat, to come clean about the incinerator. Go on girl, you know you want too!!

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    disolushund

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • The Conservative Association left us waiting and this is their big news? Bring back Trevor Ivory!

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • All fluff, no puff!!

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • May we assume that, as a sign of commitment, Mrs Steward will now sell her Breckland home and move to North Norfolk?

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    John Martin

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Callum Ringer

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • She IS easier to look at than the current inmate though.

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    backwoodsman

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Exactly Nemesis. She is tainted with the incinerator. Cant the North Norfolk Tories find one single person who can take on this task? Admittedly they would be a paper candidate. Who can forget the way they lost this seat when Iain Dale was standing and his own agent campaigned against him? Not getting that seat back in this century Tories.

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    alecto

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Well if that's the best they can do they really are in trouble, didn't she lose her county seat to UKIP?

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • 11 months before the general election, the local conservatives put forward someone who must be consider a paper candidate, the poor girl has no hope of winning the election.

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    Hugh

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • One year until election and I've yet to see her in North Norfolk. Hopefully someone can print her off a map. Norman and Ann both live outside of North Norfolk - do they struggle to find suitable candidates living in the constituency?

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    Jono

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Does Ann Steward think that the public has forgotten her role as the NCC Cabinet member responsible for the Saddlebow incinerator project, when the decision was taken to award the contract to Cory Wheelabrator? Aren't our MPs, and therefore those who aspire to be one, supposed to have some degree of judgment? Were I likely to be found responsible for losing the people of Norfolk £34m, the last thing that I would do is stand for election.

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    Nemesis

    Friday, May 30, 2014

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