Two shadow ministers joined North Norfolk Labour Party at their annual Christmas dinner, when local members also received praise for a local ambulance campaign from the party leader Ed Miliband.

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Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the treasury, told party members about the state of the economy and the threat that the country may end up in a triple-dip recession next year. Meanwhile Luton MP Gavin Shuker, shadow minister for water and waste, spoke of the challenges ahead for the Labour Party.

The local party was also congratulated for its campaigning efforts and the partial u-turn over ambulance cuts.

Mr Shuker MP said the campaign was “spoken about in Westminster with a sense of pride by those not even in the region”.

Mr Miliband also sent a personal message to the party, which said: ”I also want to recognise the fantastic work you are doing with the Act on Ambulances campaign. You have gathered signatures face to face and online, and won some great coverage for the cause. Your merit award for the campaign was richly deserved, and you are showing what a great campaign force you can be”.

The shadow ministers were thanked for their visit to Cromer with gifts a silver crab napkin holders.

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