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Norfolk County Council under no overall control after UKIP gain seats

Norfolk County Council Norwich divisions elections count in St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk County Council Norwich divisions elections count in St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk County Council is now under no overall control after UKIP won in 15 divisions, 14 of them new gains.

And three of the highest profile members of the cabinet on the Conservative controlled county council have been beaten by UKIP candidates.

UKIP took seats from Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, in Breydon and Barry Stone, cabinet member for cultural services and communications in Lothinglan.

Ann Steward, cabinet member for economic development, was another casualty to UKIP - in Swaffham.

The Conservatives have 40 divisions, Labour 14, UKIP 15, Lib Dems 10 and the Greens 4. One independent, Richard Bird, has triumphed in Sheringham but Conservative Tom Garrod saw off the threat of independent Stephen Heard in Wroxham.

UKIP, who had just one county councillor before these elections, has scored notable victories, including Holt, Gayton and Nar Valley, Watton and East Flegg, They took 11 seats from the Conservatives.

County council leader Bill Borrett survived a strong push from UKIP in Elmham and Mattishall, while Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiencies hung on in Yare and All Saints.

The Conservatives had a majority of 34 going into these elections, but today’s results have whittled that away, so the council is now under no overall control.

It will mean a weekend of discussions between political parties, but the likelihood is that the Conservatives will look to run a minority administration.

One division, in Thetford West, went to four recounts, with one vote between Labour and UKIP. The seat was won by Peter Georgiou, which meant UKIP became the official opposition.

Mr Borrett, current Conservative leader of Norfolk County Council, acknowledged: “UKIP have had a very strong result and it’s not what I expected. All credit to them - they are now the second largest party on Norfolk County Council.

“We now need a bit of time for reflection. All the various political groups will be meeting to discuss who will lead them. There needs to be discussions with them and when that has happened we need to talk about what happens with no party in overall control.

“Within the next week we should have a clearer idea of what’s going to happen.”

Compared to 2009, the party gains and losses are: Conservatives lost 20 seats, UKIP gained 14, Labour gained 11, Liberal Democrats lost three, Greens lost three and an independent gained one seat.

In Norwich, former Norwich City Council leader Steve Morphew has taken Catton Grove from Conservatives for Labour. Labour also took Town Close and Sewell from the Greens.

The Greens were pleased, however, by their victory in Thorpe Hamlet, where Adrian Dearnley deposed Phil Hardy, who had defected from the Greens to the Conservatives in mid-term.

A total of 29.9pc people voted in the borough of Great Yarmouth resulting in five UKIP seats, three Labour and one Conservative seats.

The share of the vote was Conservative 32.6pc, UKIP 23.47pc, Labour 22.75pc, Liberal Democrat 10.97pc, Green 6.55pc, Independent 3.27pc, Christian People’s Alliance 0.13pc, United People’s Party 0.02pc and no description on ballot paper 0.22pc.

The county electorate was 670,383 and the total number of votes cast was 215,465. The overall percentage turnout was 32.14pc.

RESULTS:

ACLE: Brian Iles (Conservative) HOLD

ATTLEBOROUGH: Alec Byrne (Conservative) HOLD

AYLSHAM: David Harrison (Lib Dem) HOLD

BLOFIELD AND BRUNDALL: Andrew Proctor (Conservative) HOLD

BLOFIELD with SOUTH WALSHAM: Susan Lawn (Conservative) HOLD

BOWTHORPE: Mike Sands (Labour) GAIN from Conservative

BREYDON: Alan Grey (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

CAISTER-ON-SEA: Patrick Hacon (Labour) GAIN from Conservatives

CATTON GROVE: Steve Morphew (Labour) GAIN from Conservatives

CLAVERING: Margaret Somerville (Conservative) HOLD

CLENCHWARTON & KING’S LYNN SOUTH: Alex Kemp (Labour) HOLD

COSTESSEY: Tim East (Lib Dem) HOLD

CROME: George Nobbs (Labour) HOLD

CROMER: Hilary Cox (Conversation) HOLD

DEREHAM NORTH: William Richmond (Conservative) HOLD

DEREHAM SOUTH: Paul Gilmour (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

DERSINGHAM: Anthony Dobson (Con) HOLD

DISS AND ROYDON: Jenny Chamberlin (Conservative) HOLD

DOCKING: Michael Chenery (Conservative) HOLD

DOWNHAM MARKET: Tony White (Conservative) HOLD

DRAYTON AND HORSFORD: Tony Adams (Conservative) HOLD

EAST DEPWADE: Martin Wilby (Conservative) HOLD

EAST FLEGG: Jonathon Childs (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

EATON: Brian Watkins (Lib Dem) HOLD

ELMHAM AND MATTISHALL: Bill Borrett (Conservative) HOLD

FAKENHAM: Tom Fitzpatrick (Conservative) GAIN from Lib Dem

FELTWELL: Martin Storey (Con) HOLD

FINCHAM: Brian Long (Conservative) HOLD

FOREHOE: Colin Foulger (Conservative) GAIN from Independent

GAYTON AND NAR VALLEY: Richard Coke (UKIP) GAIN

GAYWOOD SOUTH: Margaret Wilkinson (Labour) GAIN from Conservatives

GORLESTON ST ANDREWS: Matthew Smith (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

GUILTCROSS: Stephen Askew (Conservative) HOLD

HELLESDON: Shelagh Gurney (Conservative) HOLD

HENSTEAD: Roger Smith (Conservative) HOLD

HEVINGHAM AND SPIXWORTH: Daniel Roper (Lib Dem) GAIN from Conservative

HINGHAM: Margaret Dewsbury (Conservative) HOLD

HOLT: Michael Baker (UKIP) GAIN from Conservative

HOVETON AND STALHAM: Nigel Dixon (Conservative) HOLD

HUMBLEYARD: Judith Virgo (Conservative) HOLD

KING’S LYNN NORTH & CENTRAL: David Collis (Lab) GAIN from Conservatives

LAKENHAM: Susan Whitaker (Labour) HOLD

LODDON: Adrian Gunson (Conservative) HOLD

LONG STRATTON: Alison Thomas (Conservative) HOLD

LOTHINGLAND: Colin Aldred (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

MAGDALEN: Coleen Walker (Labour) HOLD

MANCROFT: Richard Bearman (Green) HOLD

MARSHLAND SOUTH: Harry Humphrey (Conservative) HOLD

MELTON CONSTABLE: David Ramsbotham (UKIP) GAIN from Conservative

MILE CROSS: Deborah Gihawi (Labour) GAIN from Greens

MUNDESLEY: Wyndham Northam (Conservative) GAIN from Lib Dems

NECTON AND LAUNDITCH: Mark Kiddle-Morris (Conservative) HOLD

NELSON: Andrew Boswell (Greens) HOLD

NORTH WALSHAM EAST: Edward Foss (Lib Dem) HOLD

NORTH WALSHAM WEST and ERPINGHAM: John Timewell (Lib Dem) HOLD

OLD CATTON: Judy Leggett (Conservative) HOLD

REEPHAM: James Joyce (Lib Dem) HOLD

SEWELL: Julie Brociek-Coulton (Labour) GAIN from Greens

SHERINGHAM: Brian Hannah (Lib Dem) HOLD

SOUTH SMALLBURGH: David Thomas (Lib Dem) HOLD

SWAFFHAM: Paul Smythe (UKIP) GAIN from Conservative

SPROWSTON: John Ward (Conservative) HOLD

TAVERHAM: Stuart Clancy (Conservative) HOLD

THE BRECKS: Ian Monson (Conservative) HOLD

THETFORD EAST: Denis Crawford (UKIP) GAIN from Conservative

THETFORD WEST: Peter Georgiou (UKIP) GAIN from Lib Dems

THORPE HAMLET: Adrian Dearnley (Greens) HOLD (Technically! It was Green at the last county council elections, so it’s a hold, but the Green councillor Philip Hardy had defected to the Conservatives)

THORPE ST ANDREW: Ian Mackie (Conservative) HOLD

TOWN CLOSE: Emma Corlett (Labour) GAIN from Greens

UNIVERSITY: Bert Bremner (Labour) HOLD

WATTON: Stan Hebborn (UKIP) GAIN from Conservatives

WELLS: Marie Strong (Lib Dem) HOLD

WENSUM: Elizabeth Morgan (Greens) HOLD

WEST DEPWADE: Bev Spratt (Conservative) HOLD

WEST FLEGG: Michael Carttiss (Conservative) HOLD

WOODSIDE: Nigel Shaw (Conservative) HOLD

WROXHAM: Tom Garrod (Conservative) HOLD

WYMONDHAM: Joe Mooney (Conservative) HOLD

YARE AND ALL SAINTS: Cliff Jordan (Conservative) HOLD.

YARMOUTH NELSON & SOUTHTOWN: Rex Parkinson-Hare (UKIP) HOLD

YARMOUTH NORTH & CENTRAL: Michael Castle (Labour) GAIN from Conservatives

Make sure you keeping visiting this website for the results as they come in and get the paper tomorrow for a full round-up and reaction.

53 comments

  • the voting issue was immigration . By the time the european elections get here then the national ones ,ukip will be ready to take a sizeable chunk of power in westminister . The tories tell us today they are listening . There is no point in just listening . . People are not voting for the lies of the three main parties any more . The bottom line is we want our country back and we are certainly not going to get it voting for the three main parties

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    milecross

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Norwich is now a Tory-free zone,just Chloe Smith left now.More evidence the Greens have peaked in the city with 3 Labour gains from them.Simon Wright must feel like a dead-man-walking too.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Let's hope that the 25% of those who voted will eventually wake up and realise what they voted for. I remain ever more optimistic that UKIP hasn't a chance in a general election since now they will have to outline real policies and normal, decent people will see them for the racist thugs they are which is demonstrated by milecross' triumphant ignorant rant.......is this what u all really voted for? I doubt it very much. How lucky is UKIP that English democracy allows them this platform and it will be English free speech that eventually exposes them ..... roll on the next 2 yrs.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I just hope people remember this is a local election people should not have been voting for a national government. You should vote for the best person to act for your local community within the powers of the council.

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    jennifer jane

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • yesterdays election was fought on one subject . IMMIGRATION .The next election will be fought on this subject . The next election will be fought and WON on the subject of immigration . Well done ukip

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    milecross

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • @Harry Brown, alas I cannot make your day, see Yare & All Saints result

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    Ded Sterile

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I totally agree Jennifer Jane. We voted for the person who has actually listened to us, and helped and supported our family to a positive outcome in a very difficult situation. She is a hard working and worthy candidate, and we would chose her no matter what party she represented.

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    Carol Bolton

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • look at the result in sunderland . The libdems must be totally embarassed . They came behind the bnp with half the total of the bnp votes. Even the percentage of voters was only 40 per cent. The next elections will be won and lost by parties who are able to motivate their supporters to get out and vote . It is sad that 60 per cent of people in sunderland didnt even bother to vote when so much is at stake

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    milecross

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • can't see UKIP working well with Greens or Liberals. UKIP policies are climate-change-sceptic; they are pro-nuclear and shale gas fracking and anti-windfarm.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Labour to get back seats in the towns and Norwich. Did not wish to imply that Labour, would do well, overall, in an election where most seats are in rural areas. Labour won Caister on Sea, (helped by a Tory UKIP vote split). Labour in Norwich have won back the two seats they hold on the City Council. including Sewell which was Green last time because of Brown!!

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    Capri

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • The dirty tricks departments have saved the day in Wymondham for Cllr. Mooney who had to field two other paper Independent candidates against Independent Andy Gardener, to hold on to his seat. Further, the incinerator is now off the agenda, it would not pass in council as most of those who won and took seats from Tories, made it their issue to oppose the incinerator, so lets look at the British technology and support it. http:www.advancedplasmapower.comsolutionsprocess-overview

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Two of the councillors that gave us the “outer harbour” at Yarmouth have quite rightly been voted out, I am talking about Cllrs Plant and Stone, they cannot make any-more stupid decisions for Norfolk, but sadly they are still a danger to Great Yarmouth being Borough Councillors.

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    John L Cooper

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I'll vote how I like thank you.

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    Steven Miller

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Well Peter Smith you had your wings clipped well and truely, perhaps you should now retire as you will never come to anything. Very interesting day and with Ukip doing so well it looks like right wing is the order of the day. I am suprised Bill Borrett got in lets just hope he is not leader as the rot will continue

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Mooney may have managed to cling on by fielding conmen in independent disguise but Wymondham Town Council is now well and truly independent. NCC and SNDC will no longer get contentious plans rubber stamped below the radar by the TC, the people of Wymondham will definitely not be kept in the dark and the next Borough elections will be very interesting. Perhaps the conmen will have learnt a very valuable lesson today ignore your electorate at your peril. Well done Andy Gardiner, you may not have a seat at County but you are responsible for waking up many in Wymondham and you frit the life out of the con group as is obvious by the fielding of the false indies.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Be of good cheer Harry Brown. Iffy Cliffy may still be hanging around but it will be on the back benches of the opposition party! Best place for him. I cant see any of the other parties letting any of the Tories stay on the cabinet. In fact they should now be trying to get rid of this nefarious system. Then we have the District elections next where we can put a few more councils into no overall control! A good day for the good people of Norfolk!

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    Electra

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Conservatives will lose by slim margin I reckon with Labour in by default due to UKIP and also the 'Bellingham Factor'. He is the best known Tory spokesman and if he does not support his own party locally then no one else will. 4 years of Labour is my guess.

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    Up The Lefties

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • There is already a motion before NCC at the first full Council meeting on 13th May calling for a debate on the merits or otherwise of continuing with the waste incinerator contract. The Conservative Group has always been easily able to defeat similar motions in the past, but it will be unable to do so now without assistance from outside its membership.

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    John Martin

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • @Peter Watson "Norwich is now a Tory-free zone," only in your narrow definition of Norwich, there's still a fair bit of blue in the suburban areas of Norwich.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • "Ann Steward, cabinet member for economic development, was another casualty to UKIP - in Swaffham." >>> Life's getting better already !

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    "V"

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Can someone make my day and tell me that Cliff Jordan has lost his seat to whoever. Thanks.

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    Harry Brown

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Interesting to see how many rural Tory wards go UKIP. Each time I have refreshed my screen my recent post has come up again. {A reply to a comment by BG early on today.]

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    Capri

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Picture a full Carrow Road stadium of 27,725 people. That's the official Police number of how many Romanians were arrested for offences in the just the London area over a 5 year period (Daily Telegraph 26022013.) Shocking indeed ! UKIP gives us some hope at last !

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    spark

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • The people of Norfolk have given their verdict which is Norfolk's toxic Tories have proven themselves unfit to govern so no longer is Norfolk a One-Party State.A very fitting judgement on the last disastrous administration.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Taking a cursory glance at the results so far the 2 Tory gains from the LDs in Fakenham and Mundesley may just stop Norfolk from going to No Overall Control.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Predictions seem to be right. UKIP are splitting the Tory vote therefore handing gains from the Conservatives to Labour but UKIP are doing an outstanding job where Labour are weak, they are taking seats from the Tories. Interesting times ahead. Miliband has no choice now but to change tack and Cameron is now in a much weaker place than before and all three main parties must now be dreading the 2014 European Elections.

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    Hereandthere

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I'll vote how I like thank you.

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    Steven Miller

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Norfolk has rejected Tory rule! The resulting power battles from the Tory meltdown have already begun. The blame is firmly being put at the doorstep of the dear leader, Commisar 'Billy' Borat' and his puppet master, 'iffy cliffy' worzel Cliff Jordan (who came close to losing his seat) and Tory Agent Ian Sherwood and his inept campaign. Jordan's candidate to replace Borat as leader, Ann Steward, lost her seat to UKIP! The Tory Political Assistant went on holiday before the election such was the confusion and chaos in the Tory group. John Dobson, Brian Long and their allies have been returned and have scores to settle. Expect them give the Tory leadership a hard time! The Tories lost 23 seats if you include the defectors!

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    pig in trough

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Unlike some contributors I am horrified by the gains made by a bunch of reactionaries, xenophobes and economic illiterates. It's just such a shame that we have a government of incompetent ideologues and an opposition which appears to be comatose.

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    Jago

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Glad to see the conservative members who had the strength of character to go against the party line, Cllrs Dobson and Long were supported by the electorate while the dishonourable Langwade and Mickleburgh, who famously absented themselves from committees dealing with the incinerator rather than stand up for that same electorate, were unceremoniously booted out of power. Does Mickleburgh now lose the Norse Directorships she was rewarded with? Thinking about it has Murphy lost his Directorship of the New Anglia Enterprise Partnership and Hethel Innovation Centre yet?

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • @ Capri - I think your summation is right but I don`t think it will be a case of Labour "doing well." I think we will have a repeat of what happened last year in the Yarmouth local elections where UKIP split the mainly Tory vote and allowed Labour in by default. People are really feed up with the cloned leaders of the main three parties and just want change. I don`t see UKIP as a flash in the pan. I think a good result for UKIP will see it attract money to fight the 2015 election on equal footing to the other main parties.

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    Hereandthere

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Now the full results are in Labour must be scratching their heads as to why they did not do much better than they did. Not only did the Tories lose votes to UKIP, it would appear that many Labour voters defected to UKIP as well. Mega problems for Cameron but even more problems for Miliband who should be doing far better than this. His run of good luck seems to have eluded him lately.

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    Hereandthere

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I second your 'well done Andy Gardiner', Canary boy, because if Ukip really meant to have Mooney out, all they had to do is abstain from standing. His fervour and hard work, despite his bout of pneumonia for two weeks, was exemplary and he deserved to win, not to be out foxed by a Conservative candidate who bothered little old ladies into filling out postal voting forms.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Democracy in action is voters actually having a voice of their choice and impact. Win, lose, or draw; a vote for UKIP just feels less hypocritical. UKIP’s optimistic simplicity highlights why elected UK public servants should rightfully better serve the best interests of their UK citizen constituents at any level local or national first and foremost than be unduly swayed by furtive foreign EU influence. Imposed EU upheaval is root of waning quality of life and negative commotion within UK. Any future of coherent UK politics is looking ever more promising thanks to UKIP offering an alternative at the ballot box to a growing bevy of disenfranchised voters. EEC trade was prudent, but surrendering UK sovereignty to EU agenda is a political folly too far. UKIP would empower treaties not treason.

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    J. Harry

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Labour to get back seats in the towns and Norwich. Did not wish to imply that Labour, would do well, overall, in an election where most seats are in rural areas. Labour won Caister on Sea, (helped by a Tory UKIP vote split). Labour in Norwich have won back the two seats they hold on the City Council. including Sewell which was Green last time because of Brown!!

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    Capri

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • A waste of opportunity to vote on National issues which are not part of local governments' powers. Conservatives kept council tax down. What will happen to it now? UKIP by splitting the Conservative vote ultimately will at national election prevent them from delivering reform on Europe, immigration and overspending and deliver us Nationally to another disastrous Labour government.

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    TP

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • John Dobson has put the motion forward to full council that John Martin refers to. It criticises the procurement process for the incinerator. Word on the street is that all the opposition parties are planning to vote for this motion defeating the Tories. UKIP have made it known that they will not work with the Tories at County Hall whilst they are continuing to push the incinerator. UKIP say they don't care how much it will cost to walk away from the deal with Corey Wheelabrator. Rumour is that John Dobson is busy mounting a leadership bid for the Tory group! For those intellectually challenged Tory councillors that are left and are thinking of voting for the dear leader, Commissar Borat, just pause for a moment and think about this. Do you trust a man who still won't admit to his role in the 'Kevingate' affair, conspired with the officers to depose his own leader, bully boy Murphy and has selective amnesia over the terms of the Corey Wheelabrator contract (claiming that NCC could way away without paying if the planning inspector found against the incinerator - NOT TRUE) who takes his orders from 'iffy cliffy' worzel gummidge gaffer Cliff Jordan and whose disastrous policies have cost you over a third of your seats! Speculation that Shelagh Gurney is taking soundings before making a decision about running for the leadership. Word on the street is that Jordan is sticking with Borat, many 'iffy cliffy' allies have lost their seats or were deselected.

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    pig in trough

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • @Spark Picture one fifth of Carrow road in a huge multi-million populace metropolis the size of London. That's how significant your imagined Romanian crime issue is. Then go stick your head into the Wensum until it flushes that immigrants-coming-over-here-nicking-our-jobs-and-our-wallets woolly thinking out of your head.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • The dirty tricks departments have saved the day in Wymondham for Cllr. Mooney who had to field two other paper Independent candidates against Independent Andy Gardener, to hold on to his seat. Further, the incinerator is now off the agenda, it would not pass in council as most of those who won and took seats from Tories, made it their issue to oppose the incinerator, so lets look at the British technology and support it. http:www.advancedplasmapower.comsolutionsprocess-overview

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • A good try from Keith Gilbert an Independant. Well done to Stan Hebborn for his win over Conservative. I very much look forward to seeing him at Watton Town Council meetings, and hopefully at the Annual Town Meeting on 23 May 2013.

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    Sandra Osborn

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I totally agree Jennifer Jane. We voted for the person who has actually listened to us, and helped and supported our family to a positive outcome in a very difficult situation. She is a hard working and worthy candidate, and we would chose her no matter what party she represented.

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    Carol Bolton

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • These figures can be all we found on the web. I guess the truth always hurts.

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    spark

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Thank god for the UK Independent party. Pity some voters could not have been a little bolder at the general election . I'm a humble working man but the Labour lot make my blood boil !.

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    spark

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • UKIP is a racist, facist group who has links with the extreme right. It does not have a clear policy nor strategy to further develop our country (don't forget it is not just about what happens in YOUR area). 'Flirting' with them at these elections might feel like you are empowered but voting for them at the General Election,UKIP is a racist, facist group who has links with the extreme right. It does not have a clear policy nor strategy to further develop our country (don't forget it is not just about what happens in YOUR area). 'Flirting' with them at these elections might feel like you are empowered but voting for them at the General Election? Hmmm.......

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    JJE

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • I just hope people remember this is a local election people should not have been voting for a national government. You should vote for the best person to act for your local community within the powers of the council.

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    jennifer jane

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Shock horror, Norfolk lurches to the right.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Labour to get back seats in the towns and Norwich. Did not wish to imply that Labour, would do well, overall, in an election where most seats are in rural areas. Labour won Caister on Sea, (helped by a Tory UKIP vote split). Labour in Norwich have won back the two seats they hold on the City Council. including Sewell which was Green last time because of Brown!!

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    Capri

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Tories out and Labour in with a good sprinkling of UKIP as well. Tories brought it on themselves especially with Henry Bellingham calling his own party 'blackmailers' and 'obsessed' people at the recent public inquiry. How bad was that ahead of an election ? Talk about low punches.

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    TO55ERLONG

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Background to the election in Norfolk. Before count begins Conservatives and Lib Dem coalition parties will do badly Labour had a poor result last time there was a County Council election in 2009. Can only do much better this time. Tories said UKIP a protest vote. UKIP spokesman, quoting results overnight say it is a big protest. Indeed one quarter voted UKIP. One quarter of those who actually turned out.

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    Capri

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • The one thing that most of the posters seem not have appreciated is these results say much about the hithertoo three main parties contempt for democracy! The behaviour of Murphy and the Conservatives have brought these results upon themselves. The contempt for the referendum on the incinerator, the massive increase in the housing stock planned, etc have all had an effect in local politics. Nationaly, immigration, the EU and also the revised planning rules which also impact locally have all had their effect. Let us also not forget that Labour should have done well this time around but have not. UKIP has changed the political game plan with even Labour now expressing concerns about immigration. Perhaps politcians will now start listening to what we want and democracy will result?!?!

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    andy

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • : “Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Attlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher – can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!” well done the kippers.

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    nrg

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Major upset in the Tory group that Jim Shrimplin, Cllr for East Flegg since 1997 and Chairman designate for this year lost to UKIP. This was a very safe Tory seat and its loss has been a shock to Tories. There are a few grumbles from Tories in Yarmouth about Tom Garrod who quit a seat he knew he couldn't win for a safe seat. In Lynn there has been shock at Tony Wright's ousting in Marshland North by UKIP. Labour were the biggest victims of UKIP's success, losing the role of main opposition and ending George Nobbs's ambition to become County Council leader in a coalition deal! The Tories are in total meltdown followed closely by Labour. They are rudderless and in disarray!

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    pig in trough

    Friday, May 3, 2013

  • It was satisfying to see two of the turncoat councillors - Philip Hardy and Paul Rice - voted out. (The third one - David Callaby - did not stand.) Equally, I was pleased to see several twin-hatters downgraded to a single set of allowances.

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    Nemesis

    Friday, May 3, 2013

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