Historic blow for Labour in Norwich

Sarah HallThe Labour party is facing the prospect of having no MPs in Norfolk for the first time in more than two decades after a poor showing at the ballot box in the county.Sarah Hall

Election Analysis

The Labour party is facing the prospect of having no MPs in Norfolk for the first time in more than two decades after a poor showing at the ballot box in the county.

If John Cook fails to win back Norwich North from the Conservatives at today's count it will mean the city will be without a Labour MP for the first time since 1987.


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And, with Allyson Barron unlikely to make much headway at today's count for the new Broadland constituency, defeats for Charles Clarke and Tony Wright spelled a miserable night for Labour in Norfolk.

Mr Clarke and Mr Wright were elected to Norwich South and Great Yarmouth when Labour swept to power 13 years ago.

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Over the border Bob Blizzard was beaten in the Waveney constituency by Conservative Trevor Aldous.

There was disappointment too for the Green Party in Norfolk. While the party can now boast its first MP after leader Caroline Lucas won in Brighton Pavilion, her deputy Adrian Ramsay failed to repeat the feat in Norwich South.

Mr Ramsay finished in fourth place, although his 7,095 votes were well up on the 3,101 he garnered in the 2005 general election.

The UK Independence Party picked up a decent number of votes, including 1,145 in Norwich South, 2,329 in South Norfolk and 2,066 in Great Yarmouth.

Apart from the Lib Dem victories in Norwich South and Norman Lamb increasing his majority in North Norfolk, it was a clean sweep for the Conservatives in the rest of the county.

MPs in Norwich since 1950

Norwich South

1950ConservativeHenry Strauss

1955ConservativeGeoffrey Rippon

1964LabourChristopher Norwood

1970ConservativeThomas Stuttaford

1974LabourJohn Garrett

1983ConservativeJohn Powley

1987LabourJohn Garrett

1997LabourCharles Clarke

2010Lib DemSimon Wright

Norwich North

1950LabourJohn Paton

1964LabourGeorge Wallace

1974LabourDavid Ennals

1983ConservativePatrick Thompson

1997LabourIan Gibson

2009ConservativeChloe Smith

2010??

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