Henry Bellingham, CONS candidate profile

Conservative Henry Bellingham has been North West Norfolk's MP since 1983, apart from a four year absence when long-standing rival Dr George Turner won it amid Labour's 1997 landslide.

Conservative Henry Bellingham has been North West Norfolk's MP since 1983, apart from a four year absence when long-standing rival Dr George Turner won it amid Labour's 1997 landslide.

An Eton-educated former barrister, he is married with one son. A keen supporter of countryside issues, Mr Bellingham, 55, is a keen shot and takes an interest in agriculture and the environment.

He would also support measures to give pensioners relief from their council tax bills and to exempt their homes from means testing when it comes to paying for their care.

Mr Bellingham pledges to help all constituents, regardless of political hue, if he is re-elected. In the coming weeks, he expects to visit every ward in his constituency.


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'If I have the honour to be re-elected I will continue to serve you as the local man, working for local people, taking up every individual case regardless of party politics,' he said.

'I will help communities in their campaigns for safer neighbourhoods, vital local services, preservation of the environment and sustainable development.'

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All are key issues in North West Norfolk. Mr Bellingham has also called for a local referendum on the incinerator proposed for South Lynn, while his election flyer promises the Tories would take a 'firm but fair' stance on immigration.

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