North Norfolk could hand Tories ‘proper majority’ says Sir Michael Fallon during visit to Holt
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North Norfolk has been identified as the seat that will hand the Tories a 'proper majority' if it turns blue.
The announcement comes following a visit to the area from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who joined with Conservative Party campaigners in Holt today (Wednesday).
And as well as meeting party workers, he spoke about the future of the region's military bases and relations with President Trump.
He was joined by Tories North Norfolk parliamentary candidate James Wild. The pair have worked together for more than four years, with Mr Wild taking on special advisor roles in the department of business, energy, and the ministry of defence.
Describing him as the 'perfect' MP, Sir Michael said: 'This is one of the most marginal seats - the seat we have to win to give us that proper majority in parliament.
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'James Wild has a huge canvas of experience working across these big policy areas and that's experience he can then bring for the constituents.'
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Sir Michael also emphasised the importance of party volunteers working hard to encourage people to vote on June 8.
'North Norfolk is a key battle ground.
'People say voting does not matter and it's a foregone conclusion, but it's not here. This is one of the swing seats.'
He also touched on the future of American air bases, Lakenheath and Mildenhall, and despite heavy investment in Marham, ahead of the arrival of its F-35s, he said discussions were continuing
'The Americans are reducing some of the bases they have in Europe and we continue to discuss with the Americans what their final plans are and whether some of that area can be released for housing which is what the local councils need.'
He also addressed concerns over President Trump's relationship with Russia.
'We work extremely closely with the United States and our Prime Minister will be with the president next week at the NATO summit continue to cooperate in the battle against terrorism.'
And finally, speaking about the election campaign, he said: 'Whether you want more bank holidays from Labour or whether you want to legalise cannabis for the Liberal Democrates, this is an election about the most serious challenge this country faces - a successful exit from the European Union and building a stronger, fairer country after that.'