Norfolk County Council elections: Spotlight on South Norfolk
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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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Clavering (CONS held)
Christopher BROWN (Lib Dem)
Nicola FOWLER (Labour)
* Margaret STONE (Conservatives)
Costessey (LIB DEM held)
* Tim EAST (Lib Dem)
Jonathan GARRARD (Labour)
Catherine ROWETT (Green)
Andrew WILTSHIRE (Conservative)
Diss and Roydon (CONS held)
Chris DAVISON (Labour)
Keith KIDDIE (Conservative)
David MILTON (Green)
Tracy SCOGGINS (Lib Dem)
East Depwade (CONS held)
James EDDY (Labour)
Susan KUZMIC (Lib Dem)
* Martin WILBY (Conservative)
Forehoe (CONS held)
* Colin FOULGER (Conservative)
Robert MCCLENNING (Lib Dem)
Steven SEWELL (Labour)
Henstead (CONS held)
Tom FOWLER (Labour)
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)