Election 2017: Reactions from North West Norfolk on this year’s general election results

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after she traveled to Buckingham Pala

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after she traveled to Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II following the General Election results. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Here are some of the reactions in North West Norfolk on the Conservative majority in this year's general election.

Sir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Sir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Conservative billboards along the roadside said Sir Henry Bellingham was standing with Theresa May.

And while last night's result was a world away from the one she was hoping for, the veteran North West Norfolk MP said he backed the prime minister to stay in Number 10.

'I think what would make the Brexit negotiation more dangerous is if Jeremy Corbyn formed a minority coalition but what would be even more dangerous is if we changed our leader,' he said.

'The prime minister is right to go into coalition with the DUP, they are very close allies and always have been.'

Jo Rust, who will stand for Labour in North West Norfolk. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Jo Rust, who will stand for Labour in North West Norfolk. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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Labour's Jo Rust said she had a mountain to climb before the count. But she picked up almost 5,000 more votes than her first attempt at ascending it, in 2015.

She said it was unbelievable that the Conservatives had formed a coalition with DUP, adding: 'Her whole mantra was I want you to vote for me, it was all about me, me, me, time and time gain.

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'She wanted to increase her majority and has done exactly the opposite, it an absolute indication of the chaos she has plunged out country in.

'She is clutching at straws, I'll be surprised if she lasts a week. I'm gobsmacked she has gone to such extreme measures, she never mentioned she would go into a coalition during the campaign.'

Rupert Moss-Eccardt, Liberal Democrat candidate, said: 'Locally, the result was a disappointment - it clearly reflected the nature of this snap election, there was not enough time to build a rapport.

'The national picture is good for us all, clearly people looked somewhere else for leadership and they went to Labour.

'Theresa May is no longer strong or stable, she should be ashamed. What's going to happen next?'

On the of the Conservatives and DUP, Mr Moss-Eccardt said: 'I'm really worried, we have the DUP on one side and Sinn Fein on the other, there's no middle ground.'

UKIP's Michael Stone: 'As soon as I heard the exit poll I was livid. It was another election that did not need to be called, she had a majority, I think she was swept away by the opinion polls and she thought she could take advantage of that.

'She has been condescending to the electorate – with the dementia tax, the triple lock pensions – she thought she could do anything she wanted, it was her arrogance that cost her the majority.'

On UKIP's future, Mr Stone said: 'Paul Nuttall was at the wrong place at the wrong time, he didn't have time to breathe.'

Michael de Whalley, who stood for the Green Party, said he is concerned with the views of the DUP, pointing to their anti-abortion stance and scepticism of climate change.

He added: 'I'm upset about the coalition, I'm not sure how they will impact the government. I suspect the coaltion won't last and we'll be up for another election.

'Theresa May's credibility is now damaged.'

Brian Long, leader of Conservative-dominated West Norfolk council, sat up all night watching Mrs May's nightmare unfold.

'Obviously it's disappointing, in as much as the Conservatives were looking to secure an increased majority to secure a mandate to do what we've got to do with Brexit.

'I don't see why the result means we can't form a government and do what people want us to do which is leave the European Union.

'Tighter margins might mean you have to get a better consensus and that might mean we get a better Brexit.'

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