Norfolk County Council elections: Spotlight on South Norfolk

Voters will go to the polls for Norfolk County Council elections on Thursday. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA Wir

Voters will go to the polls for Norfolk County Council elections on Thursday. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA Wire - Credit: PA

People will go to the polls on May 4 to pick who should represent them at Norfolk County Council. Dan Grimmer looks at the South Norfolk area.

Clavering candidates (L-R): Chris Brown - Liberal Democrates, Margaret Stone - Conservatives and Nic

Clavering candidates (L-R): Chris Brown - Liberal Democrates, Margaret Stone - Conservatives and Nicola Fowler - Labour Party. Pictures: courtesy of Liberal Democrates, Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party - Credit: courtesy of Liberal Democrates, Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party

There were plenty of shocks the last time all 84 divisions at Norfolk County Council were up for election - but none of them were in South Norfolk.

This was a party of the county where things remained very much the same.

The Conservatives retained all 11 of their divisions, while the Liberal Democrats held onto their sole division - Costessey.

Costessey's Lib Dem incumbent Tim East saw off the threat of second-placed UKIP with a majority of just under 500 in

Costessey candidates (L-R): Andrew Wiltshire - Conservatives and Tim East - Liberal Democrats. Not p

Costessey candidates (L-R): Andrew Wiltshire - Conservatives and Tim East - Liberal Democrats. Not pictured: Jonathan Garrard (Labour) and Catherine Rowett (Green). Pictures: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Archant - Credit: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Archant

2013 and will be keen not to give up the seat he first won 20 years ago.

Tory candidate Andrew Wiltshire, a former city councillor and ex-political assistant to the Conservative group at County Hall is one of his challengers, but UKIP do not have a candidate in the division this time round.

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Conservative Alison Thomas, the deputy leader of the county council, will be looking to retain Long Stratton, while Martin Wilby, chairman of the council's environment, development and transport committee, had a comfortable looking majority of more than 1,000 in East Depwade four years ago.

MORE: Which candidates are standing in the Norfolk County Council elections and who should you vote for?Wymondham Conservative Joe Mooney was given a run for his money in 2013, when independent Andy Gardiner came within 190 votes of victory.

Diss and Roydon candidates (L-R): Chris Davison - Labour Party, Keith Kiddie - Conservatives and Tra

Diss and Roydon candidates (L-R): Chris Davison - Labour Party, Keith Kiddie - Conservatives and Tracy Scoggins - Liberal Democrats. Not pictured: David Milton (Diss). Pictures: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Deoicrats - Credit: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Deoicrats

But Mr Gardiner is not standing this time, with just Lib Dem Julian Halls and Labour's Doug Underwood, a former Lord Mayor of Norwich, as his opponents.

New faces are guaranteed in three South Norfolk divisions. Conservative trio Jennifer Chamberlin (Diss and Roydon), Roger Smith, chairman of County Hall's children's services committee (Henstead) and Judith Virgo (Humbleyard) are not seeking re-election.

The three Conservative candidates looking to step into their shoes - Keith Kiddie, Vic Thomson and David Bills are all South Norfolk Council councillors.

Voters in the West Depwade division will need to pay extra attention to their ballot papers to make sure they put the cross in the right box.

East Depwade candidates (L-R): James Eddy - Labour Party, Martin Wilby - Conservatives and Sue Kuzmi

East Depwade candidates (L-R): James Eddy - Labour Party, Martin Wilby - Conservatives and Sue Kuzmic - Liberal Democrats, Pictures: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats - Credit: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats

There are two Spratts standing. Conservative Beverley, the current county councillor and Lib Dem Ian.

The current political make-up of Norfolk County Council is

42 Conservative, 14 Labour, 11 UKIP and independent, 10

Liberal Democrat, three Green, three non-aligned and one vacancy.

Forehoe candiates (L-R): Bob McClenning - Liberal Democrats, Colin Foulger - Conservatives and Steve

Forehoe candiates (L-R): Bob McClenning - Liberal Democrats, Colin Foulger - Conservatives and Steve Sewell - Labour Party. Pictures: courtesy of Liberal Democrats, Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party - Credit: courtesy of Liberal Democrats, Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party

These are the candidates from the South Norfolk area who are standing in the Norfolk County Council elections.

An asterisk (*) next to a candidate's name denotes that they are the sitting councillor.

Henstead candidates (L-R): Mattt Hammond - Liberal Democrats, Thomas Fowler - Labour Party and Vic T

Henstead candidates (L-R): Mattt Hammond - Liberal Democrats, Thomas Fowler - Labour Party and Vic Thomson - Conservatives. Pictures: courtesy of Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives - Credit: courtesy of Liberal Democrats, Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives

Clavering (CONS held)

Christopher BROWN (Lib Dem)

Nicola FOWLER (Labour)

* Margaret STONE (Conservatives)

Hingham candidates (L-R): Margaret Dewsbury - Conservatives and Paul Blathwayt - Liberal Democrats.

Hingham candidates (L-R): Margaret Dewsbury - Conservatives and Paul Blathwayt - Liberal Democrats. Not pictured: James Leman (Labour). Pictures: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats - Credit: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats

Costessey (LIB DEM held)

* Tim EAST (Lib Dem)

Jonathan GARRARD (Labour)

Loddon candidates (L-R): Barry Stone - Conservatives, David Bingham - Liberal Democrats and David Bi

Loddon candidates (L-R): Barry Stone - Conservatives, David Bingham - Liberal Democrats and David Bissonnet - Labour Party. Pictures: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour Party - Credit: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour Party

Catherine ROWETT (Green)

Andrew WILTSHIRE (Conservative)

Diss and Roydon (CONS held)

Long Stratton candidates (L-R): Alison Thomas - Conservatives, Elana Katz - Labour Party and Rodger

Long Stratton candidates (L-R): Alison Thomas - Conservatives, Elana Katz - Labour Party and Rodger Percival - Liberal Democrats. Pictures: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats - Credit: courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats

Chris DAVISON (Labour)

Keith KIDDIE (Conservative)

David MILTON (Green)

Tracy SCOGGINS (Lib Dem)

West Depwade candidates, L-R: Bev Spratt, Conservatives, Ian Spratt, Liberal Democrats and Pam Reekl

West Depwade candidates, L-R: Bev Spratt, Conservatives, Ian Spratt, Liberal Democrats and Pam Reeklie, Labour. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour Party - Credit: Courtesy of Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour Party

East Depwade (CONS held)

James EDDY (Labour)

Susan KUZMIC (Lib Dem)

Wymondham candidates, L-R: Doug Underwood, Labour, Joe Mooney, Conservatives, and Julian Halls, Libe

Wymondham candidates, L-R: Doug Underwood, Labour, Joe Mooney, Conservatives, and Julian Halls, Liberal Democrats. Photo: Courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives and Liberal Democrats - Credit: Courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives and Liberal Democrats

* Martin WILBY (Conservative)

Forehoe (CONS held)

* Colin FOULGER (Conservative)

Robert MCCLENNING (Lib Dem)

Steven SEWELL (Labour)

Henstead (CONS held)

Tom FOWLER (Labour)

Humbleyard candidates (L-R): Bethan Gulliver - Labour Party, David Bills - Conservatives and Jacky S

Humbleyard candidates (L-R): Bethan Gulliver - Labour Party, David Bills - Conservatives and Jacky Sutton - Liberal Democrats. Pictures: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats - Credit: courtesy of Labour Party, Norfolk Conservatives, Liberal Democrats

Matthew HAMMOND (Lib Dem)

Vic THOMSON (Conservative)

Hingham (CONS held)

Paul BLATHWAYT (Lib Dem)

* Margaret DEWSBURY (Conservative)

James LEMAN (Labour)

Humbleyard (CONS held)

David BILLS (Conservative)

Bethan GULLIVER (Labour)

Jacky SUTTON (Lib Dem)

Loddon (CONS held)

David BINGHAM (Lib Dem)

David BISSONET (Labour)

* Barry STONE (Conservative)

Long Stratton (CONS held)

Elana KATZ (Labour)

Roger PERCIVAL (Lib Dem)

* Alison THOMAS (Conservative)

West Depwade (CONS held)

Pam REEKIE (Labour)

* Beverley SPRATT (Conservative)

Ian SPRATT (Lib Dem)

Wymondham (CONS held)

Julian HALLS (Lib Dem)

* Joe MOONEY (Conservative)

Doug UNDERWOOD (Labour)

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