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Election 2015

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour will address immigration concerns head on today with an attack on the Tory record and a pledge to create a new Government task force to crack down on exploitation.

UKIP candidate Michael Baker who had a sign defaced. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Vandals have targeted poster boards belonging to the North Norfolk UKIP party.

UKIP candidate Michael Baker who had a sign defaced. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The UK Independence Party has resorted to installing CCTV cameras to protect its signs as the election campaign turned nasty in a number of seats.

Brandon Lewis speaking as Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman visits the Conservative Club in Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass

UK Independence Party voters are returning to the Conservatives in Great Yarmouth, the party’s campaign boss has claimed.

Franko Fraize.

An up-and-coming musician has found himself an unlikely spokesman for young people after writing a rap which was aired on national radio.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

David Dimbleby  Photo:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The five leaders not in government will debate each other on the BBC

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Local Politics

Great Yarmouth Borough Council Elections 2014.
Votes being counted in the Town Hall.
Tom Andrews, UKIP.

Picture: James Bass

A Norfolk UKIP councillor has been cautioned in connection with an alleged assault in Great Yarmouth.

Eye Town Hall

People in the Suffolk town of Eye are being urged to help celebrate fellow residents who help to make the town a great place in which to live.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour will address immigration concerns head on today with an attack on the Tory record and a pledge to create a new Government task force to crack down on exploitation.

Scottow Moor Solar Park on the Norfolk County Council-owned Scottow Enterprise Park, located on the former RAF Coltishall airbase.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The first phase of a giant solar farm at the former RAF Coltishall is complete, with 133,000 thousand panels facing towards the sun.

Ingrid Henry and Hakan Torunogullari from the Earlham Park Cafe.  Picture: James Bass

The cafe at Norwich’s Earlham park will be able to open for the epic Radio One Big Weekend, after a deal was brokered.

UKIP candidate Michael Baker who had a sign defaced. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Vandals have targeted poster boards belonging to the North Norfolk UKIP party.

UKIP candidate Michael Baker who had a sign defaced. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The UK Independence Party has resorted to installing CCTV cameras to protect its signs as the election campaign turned nasty in a number of seats.

Brandon Lewis speaking as Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman visits the Conservative Club in Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass

UK Independence Party voters are returning to the Conservatives in Great Yarmouth, the party’s campaign boss has claimed.

Franko Fraize.

An up-and-coming musician has found himself an unlikely spokesman for young people after writing a rap which was aired on national radio.

Piccolos Restaurant on Cathedral Street. Photo by Sophia France.

The go-ahead has been given for enforcement action to be taken against the owner of a city centre property which is being used as a flat without having planning permission.

Plans have been lodged to build 27 homes on land at 161 Oak Street.
 Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Permission has been granted which could pave the way for almost 30 homes to be built in a street close to Norwich city centre, despite reservations from some city councillors.

A record number of children in Norfolk will start primary school in September and nine out of ten have got their first choice place.

The Lakenham Cricket Pavilion is demolished.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The final go-ahead has been given for development on the former home of Norfolk cricket, with neighbours and councillors still ruing the loss of Lakenham Cricket Pavilion.

David Dimbleby  Photo:  Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The five leaders not in government will debate each other on the BBC

Chris Hanretty, University of East Anglia academic who will be routinely appearing on Newsnight in the run up to the 2015 general election

University of East Anglia polling expert Chris Hanretty joins political editor Annabelle Dickson and education correspondent Martin George to discuss the manifestos, the rise of the minor parties and local elections in a two-part podcast.

Pictured are (from left) Stuart Agnew, Keith Simpson, Steve Riley and Lee Muston. Picture: Ian Burt

Broadland is not “flooded” with people born outside of the UK, a Conservative parliamentary candidate has claimed.

Clive Lewis has apologised for his comments about a goat (right) and the Labour leader Ed Miliband.

A Labour candidate has apologised and admitted that he got “carried away with language and colourful metaphors” after making a joke about bestiality in an interview.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls Tom White/PA Wire

Norwich City supporter Ed Balls took time out from electioneering to talk football during a visit to Teesside yesterday.

Young people listening to the Big Election Debate event at the Open Youth Venue, where they could quiz parliamentary candidates. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Time and again the apathy of young people has been lamented in the run-up to election day.

Cabbell Park home of Cromer Town FC.

Photo by Mark Bullimore

Time has almost run out for people wanting to register their views on a new home for Cromer Football club.

Business owners in Magdalen St, Norwich are hoping to set up a traders association to promote the variety of businesses in the historic trading street.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

An impassioned plea has been made by an influential watchdog for council chiefs and developers to end years of bad decisions and neglect in one of the most historic parts of the city.

The odds on the political pigs pre-race. Photo: Press Association

They are feisty opponents who are not adverse to a bit of mud-slinging in the battle to be first past the post.

Former leader of Cambs County Council, Nick Clarke has joined UKIP

He described his defection to UKIP as being “necessary to join the team that is most aligned with your own political thinking” but one predecessor saw Nick Clarke’s decision differently.

Michael Jeal

Picture: James Bass

An otherwise good-natured council meeting exploded into drama after two councillors squared up to each other amid accusations that some members were 
involved with “militant pressure groups”.

North Norfolk District Counillor Russell Wright. Picture: Sabah Meddings

A councillor who defected to UKIP last year from the Conservatives is not standing for re-election because he said there are things about the party he did not like.

Work continuing on the Postwick Hub junction, with weekend closures as the new bridge beams are put in place. Tim Ellis, left, Norfolk County Council deputy project manager, and Richard Moore, contracts manager for Balfour Beatty. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Motorists have been warned to expect at least three weekends of “significant disruption” on the A47 as work on the Postwick Hub junction, near Norwich, reaches a critical phase.

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg speaks to the media while visiting a housing development in Southwark, south London, on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 14, 2015. The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a plan to build 300,000 new homes a year, including at least 10 new garden cities in England. See PA story ELECTION LibDems. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire

The Liberal Democrats will increase funding for education from “cradle to college”, with a manifesto commitment which they claim will mean spending £5 billion a year more than the Tories and £2.5 billion more than Labour by 2020.

The pink Labour battle bus, followed by Channel 4 News political correspondent Michael Crick and an Elvis impersonator in a pink Cadillac, arrives at the St Edmund's Society in Oak St, Norwich for the visit of Rosie Winterton, Labour’s Shadow Chief Whip.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Labour will examine whether people should be allowed to take unpaid leave to look after grandchildren, Harriet Harman will say in what the party hopes will prove a popular move with female voters.

David 'Cowboy' Gathercole

The political world can sometimes resemble the Old West - new frontiers, debates at dawn, and the dusty campaign trail.

The Conservative support for Chloe Smith's campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Would you name your child after an inspiring politician - Margaret, Tony, Bill or even Cameron?

Harry Clarke Labour Candidate Mid-Norfolk May 2015

Norma noticed some confusion at a meeting in Yaxham last week when the chair mistakenly called Tory candidate George Freeman by his Labour opponent Harry Clarke’s Christian name.

National Politics

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Labour will accuse David Cameron of “ducking” the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges as his rivals prepare to square up for another televised debate.

New exhibtion of political cartoons at 133 Gallery in Great Yarmouth . Gallery manager Liam Murphy with some of the work by Brian Adcock.

Picture: James Bass

From Punch to Charlie Hebdo, political cartoons have mocked, enraged and changed the world.

Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

Norman Lamb has apologised that some of his campaigning letters did not have the correct postage paid.

For many of us, the sight of a Post Office slip can prompt thoughts that there might be an exciting delivery.

Tony Robinson visiting Norwich to show support for the Norwich Labour Candidates Jess Asato and Clive Lewis.

Picture: James Bass

As a trusty sidekick, Baldrick always had Blackadder’s back. Yesterday actor Sir Tony Robinson had the backs of Norwich’s Labour candidates on a visit to the Norwich.

Ballot box

With just over 25 days to go until polling day Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News political editor Annabelle Dickson, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer and investigations editor David Powles reflect on how the election campaign is going.

Peter Collecott with Nigel Farage.

A long-serving independent councillor and council chairman has decided to break his non-party political stance and join the 
UK Independence Party (UKIP), saying: “I think I can influence politics more by being a member of a group.”

Lord Leicester puts his support behind UKIP - Toby Coke. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The custodian of Holkham Hall, the Earl of Leicester is busy ruffling Conservative feathers after publicly giving his backing to the UK Independence Party.

Jessica Asato has admitted making the most unlikely toasts – to a Tory peer.

Ballot Box

The candidates for both the Mid Norfolk constituency and Breckland Council have been named.

Blue skies and sunshine over Great Yarmouth at the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has published the names of all nominated candidates in this year’s tightly contested local and Parliamentary elections.

Nominations have closed for the May 7 General Election, with the largest ever slate of candidates expected to produce record numbers of female and ethnic minority MPs.

Lord Leicester puts his support behind UKIP - From left, Barry Cameron, Toby Coke, Paul Smyth, Michael Baker, Lord Leicester, Steve Emmens, Anna Coke and Stuart Agnew. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A prominent former Norfolk farmer and nobleman who declared for the UK Independence Party today has admitted that he turned to Eastern European workers at his hotel because the calibre of the English looking for jobs was not good enough.

Liberal Democrat campaigners welcome Baroness Shirley Williams to Norwich where she met activists and candidates.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich South will be a tough fight, veteran Liberal Democrat Shirley Williams acknowledged as she rallied activists during a visit to Norfolk.

Annabelle Dickson with the Evening News election team car in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Our survey is proof that in the most uncertain of elections - many people are just that - still uncertain.

Great Yarmouth Conservative Brandon Lewis has called police after his posters have been vandalised. Picture: SUBMITTED

Conservative Brandon Lewis has condemned vandals who have sprayed expletives, slashed or removed more than 50 of his campaign posters.

Norwich City fans Trevor and Lesley Southgate, 61 and 54, from Norwich

The battle for Norwich City promotion and the battle for Number 10 are taking place in tandem. POLITICAL EDITOR Annabelle Dickson took the EDP ‘battle bus’ to Brighton to test the temperature of both campaigns with the yellow and green fans.

Conservative ladies descend on Norwich to support Chloe Smith's campaign. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Woman power was mobilised by Chloe Smith yesterday as she drafted in female cabinet ministers past and present to help her in her bid for re-election.

The Golden Triangle makes up part of the Norwich South constituency. Picture by Mike Page

Norwich South is the 18th most marginal seat in the UK and is one of the most interesting and tightly fought contests in the East of England.

The set for the Leaders' Debate 2015 showing all seven lecterns (left to right: Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, followed by Liberal Demorcrats leader Nick Clegg, UKIP's Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Partys Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Conservative leader David Cameron.

Live reaction to tonight’s live TV debate between all seven party leaders ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Sajid Javid during his visit to Norwich University of the Arts, Digital Lab in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The student vote - by all accounts - is going to be crucial in this election, so Conservative culture secretary Sajid Javid was probably hoping to win a few when on his visit to the Norwich University of the Arts.

Lifelong Tory Nicholas Copeland (left) and Labour man Matt Prenter, who claim to have settled their political differences by creating a 'Coalition Cola' fizzy drink. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

I was interested to see former Norwich MP Charles Clarke raise the prospect of a grand coalition between Labour and the Conservatives, and it seems a pair of Norfolk pals are becoming subscribed to this idea too.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin seeing another bus - not the broken down one.

When transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin arrived in Lowestoft last week to open the new £6.5million Northern Spine Road, local dignitaries were all set to head to the site in a vintage bus.

Don't hedge your bets - that's Mid Norfolk Labour candidate Harry Clarke's message

They come in all shapes and sizes - and of course different colours.

Candidates trade blows at Mustard and BBC hustings atThe Hewett School

Norfolk general election candidates traded blows over the future of the NHS last night as the region’s mental health crisis and the need for agency nurses took centre stage.

Is it Lisa Townsend or is it Natalie Bennett

Conservative candidate Lisa Townsend was, I’m told, busy knocking on doors the other day and found a supporter.

Fomer Labour MP Ian Gibson  Photo: Denise Bradley

Former Labour MP Ian Gibson has accused the party of hypocrisy over its accusations that the Conservatives will privatise the NHS.

Conservative candidate Chloe Smith (Left) and Labour candidate Jessica Asato (Right)

Conservative Chloe Smith has been the unlikely target of a socialist spoof.

Annabelle Dickson with the EDP election team car in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The region’s MPs will cease to hold their title today as the race for Number 10 officially starts with the dissolution of parliament.

Election guru and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Labour’s election gurus play down the UKIP and Green threat and explain why tea towels have been key to their campaign. Political editor Annabelle Dickson reports