Broadland candidates enjoy night of rest

When the world wakes up to the start of the working day on Friday, voters and candidates in Broadland will still only be best guessing what their result might be, although few would argue that it is anything but a straight two horse race.

When the world wakes up to the start of the working day on Friday, voters and candidates in Broadland will still only be best guessing what their result might be, although few would argue that it is anything but a straight two horse race.

The daytime count which starts at 9am should come to a conclusion some time around the middle of the day at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey.

Candidates admitted it would be a tough call whether to get any sleep or not overnight, with the desire to follow the 'trajectory' of the first few hundred seats keeping them awake over and above the need to rest up a little before turning out for their own result several hours later.

Both leading candidates, the Conservative Keith Simpson and the Lib Dem Dan Roper, said they would probably sit at home in front of the laptop or television and follow as much as they could, with a little sleep, or a 'doze' thrown in if possible.


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They were both busy during the day moving around the constituency attempting to persuade voters to their way of thinking, with Mr Roper claiming his party was 'running it really close' in the seat.

Mr Simpson said although it was hard to see through all the 'election noise', he felt people were moving away from the idea of actively wanting a hung parliament: 'I think people feel it is not the best thing and their thoughts have changed on the matter.'

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Meanwhile the constituency's Ukip candidate Stuart Agnew was over in Buckingham backing Nigel Farage's bid to beat House of Commons speaker John Bercow, but intending to be back in Norfolk around midnight.

And Green Party candidate Susan Curran was at Cannell Green polling station in Norwich South, supporting fellow party member Adrian Ramsay's push for the seat.

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