General Election 2019

The 2019 General Election produced something of a landslide for the Conservatives - and locally included a strong result to take Ipswich back.

Here’s a look at what our newly-elected MPs have promised to do about the key issues in Norfolk and Waveney.

Former MP Norman Lamb says his party’s loss in North Norfolk was “blindingly obvious”, as he reflected on a painful campaign which reinforced his decision to stand down.

The clarity Norfolk businesses have been clamouring for could be just around the corner following the Conservative’s landslide victory.

All the results in Norfolk and Waveney have been declared, with the Conservatives holding all their seats and taking North Norfolk from the Liberal Democrats.

Meet Norfolk’s three new MPs

Friday, December 13, 2019

Here’s a look at the county’s two new Conservative MPs in North Norfolk, North West Norfolk and Broadland.

Conservative Jerome Mayhew has been elected Broadland MP after securing a majority of over 21,000.

Conservative MP Chloe Smith has retained her seat in Norfolk’s most tightly-fought battleground after winning a majority of 4,738 in Norwich North.

Conservative Richard Bacon has retained his South Norfolk seat after securing 36,258 votes.

Voters in Norfolk and Waveney have backed Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in a crushing election for Labour.

The retirement of veteran Tory Sir Henry Bellingham has seen the torch in North West Norfolk pass the James Wild who increased the outgoing MP’s majority of 13,788 to 19,992.

Liz Truss welcomed an increase in the number of Conservative MPs as she was re-elected in South West Norfolk increasing her majority by 7,883 to 26,195.

A familiar face will return to Parliament to represent Waveney in the new year after romping to victory, almost doubling his 9,000 majority.

Re-elected Labour MP Clive Lewis said the party needed to analyse its position following a torrid night which saw it predicted to lose dozens of seats.

Brandon Lewis comfortably held on to his seat in Great Yarmouth, with a thumping majority of almost 18,000.

Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will quit as Labour leader as his party faces a drubbing in the general election.

North Norfolk has turned blue for the first time in almost two decades after Duncan Baker won the seat for the Conservatives.

George Freeman has successfully defended his Mid Norfolk seat on what is turning into a miserable election night for the Labour Party.

Welcome to live coverage of the 2019 General Election with all the updates as they happen from across Norfolk and Waveney.

Boris Johnson is on course to secure a Conservative majority in the House of Commons, according to the exit poll.

Former North Norfolk MP Sir Norman Lamb has said he is “horrified” Boris Johnson looks set to be returned to Number 10 but also hit out at the Liberal Democrat campaign.

BrewDog Norwich will be offering a free beer to anyone who votes in the general election today.

Voters are currently casting their ballots at polling stations across the county to elect candidates for Norfolk and Waveney’s 10 seats.

Voters will be heading to the polls today in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation.

Democracy is a beautiful thing – and it must be protected and cherished.

People in Norfolk and Waveney will go to the polls on Thursday (December 12), to vote for the people they want to represent them as MPs in the Houses of Parliament.

From filling with stalls during agricultural shows to hosting glittering business awards, the Norfolk Showground Arena is frequently packed to the rafters.

Newly created in 2010, Broadland has been a Conservative safe seat since its formation.

The last major poll before Thursday’s election predicts the fight for Norfolk’s most hotly contested seats has become even closer.

South West Norfolk remained Conservative with a majority of 18,312 last time around.

Daily delays make the A47 one of the most frustrating roads around Norfolk, with many Great Yarmouth workers and residents keen to see the road dualled.

A Conservative candidate who took over after Nick Conrad was forced to quit says the local party has been “galvanised” by the scandal.

Labour has stepped up its advertising in a crucial marginal Norfolk seat, spending five times more than the Conservatives on Facebook ads.

A Conservative candidate has sparked bemusement on social media with an election GIF which has her face superimposed over a child and teacher.

A long-time Labour member who has switched allegiances in a bid to win Norwich South has slammed Jeremy Corbyn’s party as “nasty”.

North West Norfolk remained Conservative with a majority of almost 14,000 last time around.

With marginal seats such as north Norfolk becoming a key focus for all parties, there was everything to fight for at a hustings in the district.

One of Norfolk’s safest Conservative seats, with the county’s largest slice of the electorate, South Norfolk has sent a Tory MP to Westminster in every election for almost 70 years.

A Norwich student Conservative association has been attacked for criticising the use of plastic bags in food parcels for families living in a deprived area of the county.

A Conservative election candidate has refused to apologise on behalf of Boris Johson for the party leader’s controversial comments about Muslim women.

Mid Norfolk is seen as a Conservative safe seat having been held by the Tories since it was re-established as a constituency ahead of the 1983 general election.

A parliamentary candidate has voiced her frustration at the lack of hustings in her constituency ahead of the general election.

A controversial benefit payment which has been criticised over sanctions and delays has been slammed for “ruining lives” at a young people’s hustings event.

Jack Hanson started selling fruit and veg on Wisbech Market when he was 12.

A Norwich Labour candidate has hit back at the results of a major poll predicting a Conservative victory across the UK, claiming: “Norfolk won’t always be blue.”

More than 25,000 people across Norfolk registered to vote ahead of the deadline for the December general election, new figures have revealed.

When voters last went to the polls in Norwich South, it was to return Labour’s Clive Lewis with a majority which had more than doubled.

It’s Norfolk’s most marginal seat, with Conservative Chloe Smith’s majority whittled down from almost 4,500 to just over 500 at the last election.

The last candidate to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Norfolk’s most marginal seat has said he regrets standing and has urged voters to back the Labour Party this time around.

A climate change-focused election hustings in Norwich was punctuated by climate scepticism from a spectator.

Hundreds of voters in Norwich have been sent postal vote envelopes marked with the name of a council almost 200 miles away - but council bosses insist their forms will still end up at City Hall.

Getting complete control over UK fisheries is front-and-centre for Brexit Party candidate Harry Gwynne, who has been out campaigning in Cromer.

Many years ago I was sat in a pub on my day off happily reading a pile of newspapers when my phone rang.

The Liberal Democrat election hopeful in North Norfolk has urged people to send her to Westminster on December 12 instead of a Conservative who “would not challenge their own ministers”.

One of the Conservatives most senior politicians Michael Gove has said there will be a sea of opportunities for Norfolk post-Brexit.

Prime minister Boris Johnson sat down to talk to an angry mum who heckled him during a visit to the county.

Boris Johnson has pledged to finally get the A47 dualled and has compelled police in Norfolk and Waveney to use the controversial stop and search method to clampdown on drug gangs.

The are four hustings events planned for the four candidates vying to become North Norfolk’s MP in the upcoming general election.

A Labour general election candidate has tagged as “strange” a standard letter sent out by all Tory candidates asking their opponents to confirm where they stand on Brexit.

The boss of a Norfolk music charity has welcomed Labour’s manifesto pledge to help every child learn a musical instrument – but cautioned the party not to repeat past mistakes.

Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to visit the county today.

Almost three million people have applied to register to vote over the last month, government figures show.

Norwich election candidates were grilled on the NHS, climate change, trust, and education policies during a hustings event held at a city centre school.

The Conservative Party has published the manifesto it hopes will power Boris Johnson back to Number 10 – but what is in it for the people of Norfolk and Waveney?

North Norfolk voted to leave the European Union but for years it had a remain supporting MP in the Liberal Democrats’ Sir Norman Lamb.

Norfolk election candidates from across political lines have spoken of the “demoralising” effect of the “aggression and abuse” they face while on the campaign trail.

“Any vote other than for the Conservatives in Norfolk” lets in Jeremy Corbyn.

“It’s time for real change”, proclaims the front cover of Labour’s manifesto, but how does it measure up to what Norfolk and Waveney need?

The Liberal Democrats have set out their bid for Number 10. But what do their policies mean for the voters of Norfolk and Waveney?

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were almost inseparable in the eyes of viewers after a series of heated exchanges during the first televised debate of the general election.

A UKIP candidate has vowed to set up observation points along the coast of Norfolk in a bid to thwart illegal immigrants.

The Brexit Party’s candidate for North Norfolk has denied an allegation accusing him of falsely reporting living in the constituency on his nomination paper.

Pubs are among alternative venues which are having to be pushed into action as polling stations, due to next month’s snap general election.

Norfolk police have referred general election material being used by Labour election candidates to the Electorial Commission - because it includes chief constable Simon Bailey’s photograph.

A Norfolk Labour candidate has backed a radical policy to give a universal basic income to everyone – whatever they earn.

Nearly half the candidates standing for election in Norfolk and Waveney at next month’s general election do not live in the constituencies they are trying to win.

In a time of unprecedented political discontent, many people have decided to go against the grain.

A small piece of political history will be made in Broadland this general election, with a brand new political party fielding its first candidate.

The Conservative party is hoping the end of the “Norman factor” will turn North Norfolk blue again after almost 20 years.

North Norfolk’s Labour candidate has angrily responded to calls for her to step aside by a national campaign group demanding a second brexit referendum.

The full list of people campaigning to become MPs in this year’s General Election has been revealed.

A Dereham pub is being used as a polling station for December’s general election for the first time.

More than 100 children in Norfolk are being taught in unlawfully large classes, figures have revealed.

A Liberal Democrat election hopeful has swapped fighter jets for the doorsteps of Broadland because he believes “things are coming to a head – this moment is so important”.

Flood defences and coastal erosion have been identified as key issues at the general election by parliamentary candidates in North Norfolk.

Labour has pledged to outspend the Tories by investing an additional £26bn in the NHS to rebuild “crumbling” hospitals and improve patient care if the party wins the general election.

Election candidates need to prove they are prepared to stand up for the Norfolk countryside, according to charity campaigners.

The newly-adopted Conservative candidate for North West Norfolk believes his party’s manifesto release will not derail his campaign as it did two years ago.

The Eastern Daily Press’ call for mental health to be a key issue in the general election has won support from prime minister Boris Johnson – after one of his party’s Norfolk candidates highlighted this newspaper’s demands.

Former North Norfolk MP Sir Norman Lamb has revealed the reasons behind him quitting after almost 19 years in parliament – and his fears for the future.

For anyone who thinks politics is a particularly nasty business today, then it might be worth reflecting on a time when it was even worse.

A senior special adviser to the prime minister has been selected as the North West Norfolk Conservative candidate for the general election.

Voters in a north Norfolk town will get the chance to quiz General Election candidates in a hustings debate later this month.

Candidates who would have stood for the Brexit Party in Norfolk seats have said they are “disappointed” their leader Nigel Farage has told them to stand aside - but understand his decision.

A former HGV driver is standing as the Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate for South West Norfolk.

A bold Manifesto for Norfolk and Waveney has been launched in a bid hold our politicians to account during this election campaign and beyond.

If there’s one thing you can predict in British politics these days, it’s that you can’t predict anything.

The managing director of outdoor activity chain Go Ape has been picked to replace former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad as the Conservative general election candidate for Broadland.

The Conservatives have announced the party’s candidate for Norwich South in next month’s general election.

The Liberal Democrats are to adopt the leader of the opposition at South Norfolk Council as their candidate at the general election.

Former Broadland MP Keith Simpson believes Nick Conrad was forced to quit as a parliamentary candidate because of “Boris’ problem with women”.

Me: “Ok Google, tell me about BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad.”

Rival candidates and members of the public have reacted to news that Nick Conrad has stepped down as Conservative election hopeful for Broadland after “ill-judged” comments he made about rape re-emerged.

Nick Conrad has stepped down as the Conservative Party’s candidate for a Norfolk seat in the general election just 24 hours after being selected.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said newly-selected Conservative Broadland candidate Nick Conrad’s comments while discussing a rape case were “completely unacceptable”.

The Green Party has announced two more of its general election candidates - as they look to make next month’s vote a “climate election” - but is stepping aside in North Norfolk.

Candidates for the North Norfolk constituency have begun campaigning in earnest ahead of the general election on December 12.

A decision over the future of a threatened GP surgery has been delayed by the general election.

The former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad has been selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Broadland.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of peddling “spin and bluster” and wanting to keep people “angry about Brexit” by one Norfolk election hopeful.

Voters who use some of North Norfolk’s polling stations will have to make their way to new venues for the 2019 General Election.

A former film producer is standing as the Liberal Democrats’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Mid Norfolk.

The long-awaited decision on Lowestoft’s Third Crossing is to be delayed due to the forthcoming general election.

Taxpayers in Norfolk could be hit with a bill of more than £1m for next month’s general election.

The two candidates who will be rivals with former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad’s to be selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Broadland have been revealed.

The laying of memorial wreaths on Remembrance Day must not be used as a campaigning opportunity, candidates standing in next month’s general election have been told.

Two of Norfolk’s long-serving MPs have bid farewell to the House of Commons, with one firing a parting shot that the things some members have called each other during the Brexit is “a national disgrace”.

Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad has resigned from the BBC to pursue hopes of becoming a Conservative MP.

As Norfolk prepares to head to the polls in December here’s what you need to know whether you’ll be able to vote and where.

A specialist working in the NHS has been chosen as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Mid Norfolk Constituency.

BBC Radio Norfolk’s departing breakfast show presenter Nick Conrad has bid farewell to his listeners - but is tight-lipped on his bid to become an MP.

Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad has resigned from the BBC in a bid to become a Conservative candidate in the general election.

An election hopeful is hoping to be the first Labour MP in North Norfolk since the 1970s.

Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has announced he will not be standing in next month’s general election, saying part of the reason is that this parliament is “probably one of the most discredited and disliked in its history”.

“Welching” bosses and “irresponsible union barons” have been blamed for putting Norfolk’s general election votes at risk amid a bitter industrial dispute.

Labour has enjoyed a spike in the polls since the general election was called – and activists claim the party is also gaining growing support across Norfolk.

A Norfolk election hopeful has said the Brexit Party will “shake up” the system after Nigel Farage threw down a gauntlet to the prime minister.

Schoolchildren in Norfolk face disruption to their end-of-term celebrations due to imminent general election.

A December election is something of a novelty. How will the politicians compete for East Anglia’s attention when the festive season starts?

Labour MP Clive Lewis has defended his party’s policy to abolish private education in England during a television appearance.

Foundation trust chiefs will miss a special mental health meeting with Sir Norman Lamb due to pre-election purdah rules.

Rumours Boris Johnson could swoop into a safer seat in Norfolk have not been ruled out by Conservative sources.

Will the political map be redrawn on December 12? Or is it more of the same?

Columnist Rachel Moore says MPs owe it to the memory of murdered Jo Cox to conduct themselves with decorum during the oncoming general election campaign

Politicians preparing to mount their general election campaigns must be ready to debate farming issues beyond Brexit, says RACHEL CARRINGTON, East Anglia regional director for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Norfolk is heading back to the ballot box – but when is the deadline to register and how do you do it?

People wishing to have their say on how Norwich addresses climate change will be forced to wait longer to do so, because of the looming general election.

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