Labour candidate refuses to attend his own count

Peter HannamThe Labour candidate who described Gordon Brown as the 'worst prime minister' said he would not attend his constituency election count because of the way he had been treated by party workers.Peter Hannam

The Labour candidate who described Gordon Brown as the 'worst prime minister' said he would not attend his constituency election count because of the way he had been treated by party workers.

North West Norfolk candidate Manish Sood said he had been disowned by Labour members and would follow the progress of the election on television at home in Leicester.

Mr Sood said he had complained to police after receiving anonymous 'threats'.

'I've decided not to go to the count. I'll stay at home and watch the BBC,'' he said.


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'I had no chance of winning anyway but I've been disowned by the party. They won't share information with me. I've not had the support I was promised. There's no point in going.'

Mr Sood earlier this week branded Mr Brown 'incompetent' and in turn was censured by Labour officials in Norfolk. The local party chairman David Collis said Mr Sood was a 'dreadful candidate''.

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Conservative Henry Bellingham held the seat in 2005 with a majority of 9,180.

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