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ELECTIONS IN SOUTH NORFOLK
County Council Election Preparations
Liberal Democrats in South Norfolk are preparing for the next County Council elections to be held on May 2nd 2013. Plans are in place to defend the Costessey seat and challenge the Tories in every other division within the constituency. See Latest News
Parachutists Sent Packing!Most residents of South Norfolk had been shocked by the news that the Conservatives were bringing in two candidates from the far west of the county to contest the county council elections.
Tory councillors, Derrick and Janet Murphy currently represent two areas near King's Lynn. They had been parachuted in and selected to stand in the Forehoe and Clavering divisions in South Norfolk. However, following the decision by the Councils Standards Committee to find Mr Murphy, the former Leader of the Council, guilty of breaking the councils code of conduct, the pair have decided to withdraw.
This could be described as disappointing; how many people, regardless of their political allegiance, would be prepared to vote for someone who lives 50 miles away? However this debacle will not have impressed local residents. The Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard in both these divisions which are good prospects for Lib Dem gains in May.
South Norfolk Council Election Result 2011
Liberal Democrats achieved some notable successes in the last South Norfolk Council elections held in 2011.
In spite of the national situation, with the Liberal Democrats currently experiencing very low opinion poll ratings, and the loss of many council seats, here in South Norfolk the Party "bucked the trend" and improved their position on the council. All the seven seats held in 2007 were retained and one more was gained from the Tories. As in the past, no other party won any seats.
Cllr Murray Gray, Leader of the Lib Dem Group, commented "We can be proud of doing so well in these difficult times. We remain the only opposition to the Tories on South Norfolk Council. Much to their disappointment I am sure, we are still very much alive and kicking."
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