Norfolk election hopefuls reveal issues on the doorstep

A voter places their vote in the ballot box. Photo credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A voter places their vote in the ballot box. Photo credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The shoes have been worn down, dogs have been, in most cases, avoided and the leaflets have been shoved through the doors. The work of the candidates hoping to earn enough votes to be elected as Norfolk county councillors is almost done.

The shoes have been worn down, dogs have been, in most cases, avoided and the leaflets have been shoved through the doors. The work of the candidates hoping to earn enough votes to be elected as Norfolk county councillors is almost done.

Norfolk goes to the polls tomorrow to pick 84 county councillors, and on Friday the candidates and the electorate will discover the winners and losers.

The current political make-up of Norfolk County Council is: Conserv-ative 58, Liberal Democrat 9, Green 6, Labour 5, UKIP 1, Independent Liberal Democrat 1, Independent 1, Non-aligned 1, with two vacancies.

We asked some candidates how they feel campaigning has gone.


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Mike Knights, independent candidate for Gayton and Nar Valley, said: 'I think for a huge number of people a big issue is trust.

'People are fed up and don't trust politicians. People have got no confidence in County Hall, but I hope after these elections we can get a more representative and balanced system of running the council with co-operation rather than being at loggerheads.'

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Tim East, Liberal Democrat candidate for Costessey, said he was not a fan of local elections being fought over national issues.

He said: 'What residents are concerned about is whether the streetlight outside their house works or whether there are pot-holes in their road.'

Cliff Jordan, Conservative candid-ate for Yare and All Saints, said: 'I always take elections seriously because the electorate are not idiots. I've tried to get round as many people as I can, but there's 10,000 of them, so it's not possible. But I think there is going to be a high turnout.'

Andrew Boswell, Green Party candidate in Norwich's Nelson ward, said there was a lot of anger about the 'bedroom tax'.

He said: 'We are getting a pretty good response and people are very positive about the Green Party's policies and what we have been doing, particularly our pressure to bring services back in-house.

'There's also concern about the bedroom tax and people are keen, whether its national or at county level, to see the Conservatives out.'

Trevor Wainwright, Labour candidate in Breydon, said concerns about social care change and the bedroom tax were among the most common expressed.

He said: 'From door knocking we know that people who have always voted Labour will still vote Labour, but we've also picked up a few Liberal Democrats. But it's difficult to know what impact UKIP will have.'

Rex Parkinson-Hare, UKIP candidate in Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown, said his party had received a 'positive response' while knocking on doors.

He said: 'We came close in the borough council elections. People are definitely joining the party, which is good, so we are hopeful.'

For a full list of all the candidates who are standing, visit www.edp24.co.uk/news/county-council-elections-2013

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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