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General Election 2015 Survey

With less than a week to go until the nation heads for the polls a significant proportion of votes remain undecided, our latest election survey suggests.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham with Labour parliamentary candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato outside the Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Stuart Goodman

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham admitted that his party let the market in too far when Labour was last in Government as Norfolk activists and health workers gathered just days before voters go to the polls.
Wild at Heart actor Stephen Tompkinson, who has given his backing to Labour over the NHS, travelled to Norwich Puppet Theatre to speak at the rally, and to pledge his support to the Labour health spokesman.

Jobcentre Plus. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Zero-hours contracts have become one of the key topics of this general election. But how widespread are they in Norfolk – and what do workers and employers think? MARK SHIELDS investigates.

Left to right: North West Norfolk candidates Henry Bellingham (Conservative), Michael de Whalley (Green), Jo Rust (Labour), Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrats) and Richard Toby Coke (UKIP) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the North West Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

Chloe Smith (left) and Jessica Asato (right)

The fight for Norwich North is on a knife edge - but Labour could just edge it, a new poll suggests.

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

Left to right: Norwich North candidates Chloe Smith (Conservative), Adrian Holmes (Green), Jess Asato (Labour), James Wright (Liberal Democrats) and Glenn Tingle (UKIP) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Norwich North hopefuls answer your questions.

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General Election 2015 Survey

With less than a week to go until the nation heads for the polls a significant proportion of votes remain undecided, our latest election survey suggests.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham with Labour parliamentary candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato outside the Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Stuart Goodman

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham admitted that his party let the market in too far when Labour was last in Government as Norfolk activists and health workers gathered just days before voters go to the polls.
Wild at Heart actor Stephen Tompkinson, who has given his backing to Labour over the NHS, travelled to Norwich Puppet Theatre to speak at the rally, and to pledge his support to the Labour health spokesman.

Jobcentre Plus. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Zero-hours contracts have become one of the key topics of this general election. But how widespread are they in Norfolk – and what do workers and employers think? MARK SHIELDS investigates.

Left to right: North West Norfolk candidates Henry Bellingham (Conservative), Michael de Whalley (Green), Jo Rust (Labour), Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrats) and Richard Toby Coke (UKIP) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the North West Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

Chloe Smith (left) and Jessica Asato (right)

The fight for Norwich North is on a knife edge - but Labour could just edge it, a new poll suggests.

There has been a burglary in Mildenhall

Police in Mildenhall are investigating burglary in Forest Way.

Left to right: Norwich North candidates Chloe Smith (Conservative), Adrian Holmes (Green), Jess Asato (Labour), James Wright (Liberal Democrats) and Glenn Tingle (UKIP) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Norwich North hopefuls answer your questions.

Border controls in the new Terminal 2, PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Immigration – it’s a topic which divides dinnertime conversation and political debate. ROSA MCMAHON reports how it affects this region.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets stall holders and members of the public  during a walkabout in the centre of Wetherby in Yorkshire while on the General Election trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 30, 2015. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

With just seven days until polling day, candidates are stepping up their attempts to meet as many voters as possible.

Have you seen any of the live TV debates ahead of the General Election?

It’s nearly time to cast your vote and with just a week to go before the country goes to the polls, we want to know your current views on several key issues.

Downham Market. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Controversial proposals to introduce car parking charges for the first time in Downham Market have received a mixed reaction in the town.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY APRIL 9 Undated handout photo of Ed Miliband reading to children at St Pauls Nursery School & Children's Centre, in Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2015. Graduates should lead lessons in every nursery in England as part of efforts to improve reading standards, campaigners have said. More than half a million children in independent nurseries are missing out on the benefits of having a qualified early years teacher, according to Read On. Get On., a coalition of charities, teachers, parents and businesses. See PA story EDUCATION Nursery. Photo credit should read: Charlie Forgham-Bailey/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Education has seen some of the coalition government’s most radical reforms.

North Walsham High School General Election mock hustings with students from Paston Sixth Form College who are playing the election candidates pictured from left Callum Robb (Con), Jasper Haywood (Lab), Josh Duckmanton (UKIP), Katie Newman (Lib Dem) and Martha Crass (Green Party) to year 7 and 10 pupils at the High School.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

While results for the General Election are not due until next week, students at a north Norfolk high school have already cast their vote.

Left to right: Waveney candidates Peter Aldous (Conservative), Graham Elliott (Green), Bob Blizzard (Labour),  Simon Tobin (UKIP) and Doug Farmer (Liberal Democrats - proxy for candidate Steve Gordon), will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Waveney hopefuls answer your questions.

Air ambulance in Thetford where a pedestrian was hit by a car. Picture: Submitted

A pedeistrian who was hit by a car in Thetford is still in hospital with serious injuries, according to police.

Norwich South candidate Lisa Townsend: Submitted

An election hopeful has said she will continue to campaign and deliver leaflets despite a faceless death threat being made against her on Facebook. It is the latest in a series of abuse faced by candidates.

Left to right: Great Yarmouth candidates Brandon Lewis (Conservative), Harry Webb (Green), Lara Norris (Labour), James Michael Joyce (Liberal Democrats), Alan Grey (UKIP) and Sam Townley (CISTA) will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Great Yarmouth hopefuls answer your questions.

Greens sending election leaflets for Oxford to Norwich residents. Picture: Supplied

I’ve thought of a question for the next Green Party quiz’n’chips night – how many miles is it from Norwich to Oxford?

File photo dated 10/9/2014 of a GP with a patient. Family doctors need to be able to spot more cases of blood cancer at an earlier stage, a charity has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 21, 2014. GPs need better knowledge of blood cancers such as leukaemia so they can help diagnose patients when their cancer is at an earlier stage, Leukaemia Care said. See PA story HEALTH Leukaemia. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It goes without saying now that at every General Election the NHS becomes a key political battleground as every party fights to prove they have the answers for this important and emotive issue.

Reporter KIM BRISCOE outlines the key challenges and policies for health and social care.

Jonathon Childs, UKIP Norfolk County councillor.

A councillor has vehemently denied making racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments on social media, claiming the posts were placed on his account by somebody else.

Proposals for Generation Park.

The latest proposals for a £325m energy plant on the edge of Norwich city centre are to go on show to the public next month, with a public meeting organised to try to ease concerns over the impact of traffic.

Mid Norfolk parliamentary candidates answer questions at Wymondham College hustings. From left, Alan Finlayson, UEA professor of politics; George Freeman, Conservative; Paul Speed, Lib Dem; Anna Coke, UKIP; Simeon Jackson, Green;  and Harry Clarke, Labour. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

More than 300 students grilled potential MPs on their chosen hot topics at a lively hustings in Wymondham.

An artist's impression of the £13m housing development which could be built on the former Greyhound Opening site in Norwich. Pic: Norwich City Council.

A £13m development of more than a hundred homes at one of the most controversial patches of land in Norwich has been given the 
thumbs up by the city’s civic watchdog.

Chuka Umunna, Labour’s shadow business minister, meets with a group of entrepreneurs from Norwich's burgeoning tech industry to discuss Labour’s plans for small businesses.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Business was the focus of the campaign trail in the region as the two main parties sent in their economics big hitters.

A spate of burglaries in the Golden Triangle. Unthank Road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A desperate shortage of housing, rocketing rents and prices, and frustration for first-time buyers have ensured housing - and the associated infrastructure - is a key electoral issue ahead of the election.

Two ducks which get bird seed from a stall in Swaffham Market every Saturday are to miss out as stall holders have been asked not to feed them. Photo montage: Matthew Usher.

Feathers have been ruffled in a Norfolk town after market traders were told to stop feeding two ducks.

Left to right: Mid Norfolk candidates George Freeman (Conservative), Simeon Jackson (Green), Harry Clarke (Labour), Paul Speed (Liberal Democrats) and Anna Coke (UKIP)  will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Mid Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

Conservatives election sign.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Small businesses in our region are among 5,000 enterprises the Conservatives claim have given them their backing ahead of polling day on May 7.

Lord Ashcroft Photo credit should read: James Edgar/PA Wire

Conservative Brandon Lewis is on course to hold Great Yarmouth - but Labour is snapping at his heels, according to a poll by Lord Ashcroft.

Tony Nash has been a town councillor in Cromer for decades and is stepping down from duties pictured outside North Lodge in the town. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A four-times town mayor has decided to step down from a coastal council because of ill health and to spend more time with his family.

European Union

As the General Election looms, we want to hear opinions from anyone connected with agriculture about what you think the top three priorities should be for the next government to address in the farming industry.

National Politics

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

One of the Royal Navy's Trident-class nuclear submarines

It would be “irresponsible folly” for the next Government not to renew Trident, a group of former defence and security chiefs have warned.

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

Picture: James Bass

A campaign group has said it will continue to spread its message in Great Yarmouth despite an altercation at one of its meetings involving a UKIP councillor.

Prime Minister David Cameron visiting The Lowestoft Journal.

David Cameron made a historic visit to the EDP office in Lowestoft which is also the home of our sister paper, the Lowestoft Journal – the first prime minister ever to have done so.

Prime Minister, David Cameron with conservative candidate Peter Aldous looking over the bascule bridge.

Prime minister David Cameron has pledged Lowestoft’s long-awaited third crossing would be built by 2020 under a future Conservative government on a visit to the town – but has been accused of making an opportunistic promise a couple of weeks ahead of the election.

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Stephanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

David Cameron is launching the Conservatives’ first English manifesto, with a promise of changes to ensure that English MPs have the final say on income tax rates in England.

Cengiz Ceker is standing as an independent for Norwich South in the general election

As a taxi driver, Cengiz Ceker is used to his passengers sounding off about what’s wrong with the country and the problem with politicians.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has a selfie taken as he meets Labour supporters in Ipswich yesterday. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour is accusing the Conservatives of planning the biggest spending cuts in any of the world’s advanced economies as the parties again prepare to trade blows on the economy.

Slow moving traffic on the A47 at Honingham after a multiple vehicle accident. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Tories have denied Liberal Democrat claims that they were planning to charge £10 a month for drivers to use the A47.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at a news conference in London where he announced his party's plans for the public sector. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millions of teachers, nurses, police officers and other public sector workers will be spared further pay cuts under Liberal Democrat plans set out by Nick Clegg as he promised there was “light at the end of the tunnel” after years of austerity.

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

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.