Green Party candidate insists 'Cleggmania' will not derail his campaign

Shaun LowthorpeGreen Party challenger Adrian Ramsay yesterday insisted his campaign to win in Norwich South was not being derailed by the recent surge of 'Cleggmania' - and unveiled a list of Lib Dem 'defectors' to his party's cause to bolster his claim.Shaun Lowthorpe

Green Party challenger Adrian Ramsay yesterday insisted his campaign to win in Norwich South was not being derailed by the recent surge of 'Cleggmania' - and unveiled a list of Lib Dem 'defectors' to his party's cause to bolster his claim.

The Greens are hoping to take the seat from Labour's Charles Clarke on May 6, believing they can translate strong local and European election results in to enough support for a Westminster seat.

But Nick Clegg's success in the first TV debate has been a shot in the arm for Lib Dems across Norfolk, and the party, which finished second in the constituency in 2005, pointed to the bookies odds showing their candidate Simon Wright was favourite to win the seat.

Both parties also favour the scrapping of trident, university tuition fees, and national identity cards.


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But Mr Ramsay said there were clear differences between the two, while six former Lib Dem councillors in Norwich had switched to the Greens and support for the Lib Dems had collapsed since the last general election.

'I'm not seeing very large numbers of people on the doorsteps switching their votes based on the leaders' debates,' Mr Ramsay said. 'There are still a very large number of people who are undecided and there is still a really positive response to the Green Party.

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'We have been welcoming more and more support from former Lib-Dem and Labour councillors. They want a fresh voice for Norwich and I'm pleased to have their help in my campaign to defeat Charles Clarke and get a Green MP for Norwich South. I know that many people who've become dissatisfied with the direction that politics has taken are finding a new home in the Green Party.'

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