New poll gives Labour a slender lead in the key Norwich North constituency

PUBLISHED: 08:22 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:41 05 March 2015

Conservative candidate Chloe Smith (Left) and Labour candidate Jessica Asato (Right)

Conservative candidate Chloe Smith (Left) and Labour candidate Jessica Asato (Right)

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A new opinion poll has put Labour slightly ahead of the sitting Conservative MP in Norwich North.

The constituency is 67th on Labour’s list of target seats, and, if there was a uniform swing across the country, victory here would give the party a majority in the House of Commons.

The poll shows the Conservatives on 34pc, Labour on 35pc, Lib Dems on 5pc, UKIP on 16pc and the Greens on 10pc.

Lord Ashcroft, who commissioned the poll, said the seat was “effectively too close to call”.

Labour candidate Jess Asato said: “We have spent the last two years holding thousands of individual conversations with residents in Norwich North, being straight with people, listening to them and trying to earn their trust.

“When politics is at a low ebb, it is this grassroots door-to-door commitment which seems to be winning over people in North Norwich and we will be redoubling our efforts in the next 63 days to prove that not all politicians or political parties are the same.”

Chloe Smith MP, 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.

“Personally, I’ve worked hard for Norwich North for the last six years, helping thousands of constituents with things that matter to them, and I hope to carry on doing so. I’ve got big results for Norwich too like helping 1,600 young people into work and winning major transport investment which will bring more jobs.”

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