Police and Crime Commissioner candidate’s dog has more Twitter followers than him
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After the low turnout in the last Police and Crime Commissioner elections, candidates have been striving to gain a high profile, however one is being outshone on social media by his dog.
Lorne Green, the Conservative candidate, has nearly 200 followers on Twitter but a parody account set up for his dog Percy has nearly 10 times more with 2,000 followers.
The Twitter account called @lornegreensdog was created by an unknown source and tweets about 'his masters' time canvassing around Norfolk. The profile picture on the account is a mock up of Mr Green's account photo of him holding Percy his Tibetan Terrier and claims it offers 'satirical views from a Tory Dog'.
Mr Green said he was aware of the parody account and said he wants people to get behind Percy.
'I chose to feature the picture of my dog on my Twitter account as I am a passionate dog owner and it is one of the things which I am known for,' he said. 'And I think that all of those people in this county who own a dog like me should come out in mass and support Percy the Tibetan Terrier!'
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The former Canadian diplomat brought his passion for canines to Norwich Prison on Thursday after receiving an invitation. It was there he got speaking to a prison officer who works for the RSPCA and discussed his idea of bringing an RSPCA shelter to the prison, for the prisoners to run.
He said: 'It is an idea I want to pursue if I get elected as dogs are known as a man's best friend and there is no where you need a friend more then in prison.'
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Mr Green was Canadian diplomat for 30 years, and served in embassies around the world, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania.
He married in Snettisham 46 year ago, and has lived in Norfolk for the last 17 years.
He is standing against current commissioner Stephen Bett, Labour's candidate, Chris Jones, Jacky Howe for the Liberal Democrats, Green Party candidate Martin Schmierer and former police officer turned UKIP candidate David Moreland.
•The Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner candidates debated in live hustings at the EDP on Wednesday afternoon. See what they had to say here.