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Lord Kinnock comes to Norwich to push the vote in Labour's favour

PUBLISHED: 11:13 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:23 06 March 2015

Neil Kinnock helping local canvassers in Norwich try and sway undecided residents to vote Labour this May.

Kinnock was the longest serving leader of the opposition in British political history to date. His visit to Norwich was to support local candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato.

Photo: Steve Adams

Neil Kinnock helping local canvassers in Norwich try and sway undecided residents to vote Labour this May. Kinnock was the longest serving leader of the opposition in British political history to date. His visit to Norwich was to support local candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato. Photo: Steve Adams

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He has known his fair share of set backs and now he has come to Norwich to push the vote in Labour's favour.

Neil Kinnock helping local canvassers in Norwich try and sway undecided residents to vote Labour this May.

Kinnock was the longest serving leader of the opposition in British political history to date. His visit to Norwich was to support local candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato.

Photo: Steve AdamsNeil Kinnock helping local canvassers in Norwich try and sway undecided residents to vote Labour this May. Kinnock was the longest serving leader of the opposition in British political history to date. His visit to Norwich was to support local candidates Clive Lewis and Jess Asato. Photo: Steve Adams

Lord Kinnock, who unsuccessfully fought two elections as Labour leader, came to the city yesterday to join forces with local canvassers to try and sway undecided residents to vote for his party the general election in May.

His visit comes at the same time a new opinion poll has put Labour slightly ahead of the Tories in Norwich North.

Lord Kinnock, who served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 until 1992, said the last time he was in Norwich was for the 2005 election.

He said he would try to reach people in their homes and give them honest and candid answers to their questions.

Labour’s candidate for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, said: “Tories have millions more than we do. We have to rely on face to face communication. When push comes to shove that’s going to be better.”

The poll, commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, showed Labour on 35pc, the Conserv-atives on 34pc, UKIP on 16pc, the Greens on 10pc and the Liberal Democrats on 5pc.

The Norwich North seat is 67th on Labour’s list of targets and victory here would notionally give the party a majority in the House of Commons.

Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for the seat, said: “This poll just shows how close it will be at this election and how important your vote will be in Norwich North.’’

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