10 gaffes by political figures in Norfolk and Waveney

Clive Lewis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Clive Lewis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

After Norwich South MP Clive Lewis was widely condemned for his comments at a conference event, JESSICA LONG looks at things politicians in the region may have wished they never said or did.

• Worst prime minister: The 2010 Labour candidate for North West Norfolk, Manish Sood, was disowned by his party for branding Gordon Brown the 'worst Prime Minister'.

• Not a Norfolk fan: Former deputy prime minister John Prescott caused anger in the county in 2010 after stating he would never want to live in 'bloody Norfolk'.

• Ed Balls: The former shadow chancellor is reminded every year on April 28 for his inability to use Twitter for the time when he tweeted his own name.

• Poundstretcher thief: In 2013 UKIP councillor Peter Georgiou resigned after he was caught shoplifting in Poundstretcher in Thetford.


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• Paxman interview: It was more of what she didn't say when Norwich North MP Chloe Smith was grilled by Jeremy Paxman in 2012 following a fuel tax U-turn.

• Disability comments: Earlier this year George Freeman was criticised for suggesting people who suffer from anxiety were not 'really disabled'. He later apologised.

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• Goat joke: In 2015 Clive Lewis apologised for joking that he 'could be caught with my pants down behind a goat with Ed Miliband at the other end'. • Air pollution deaths: Norwich Green Party councillor Lesley Grahame apologised after she compared Manchester bombing victims to air pollution deaths.

• Pork markets: South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss was mocked for her speech in 2014 where she labelled the import of cheese a 'disgrace'.

• Drive faster: Former PCC Stephen Bett apologised for a comment in 2013 where he suggested skilled drivers should be allowed to drive as fast as they like.

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