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Ex-Home Secretary Charles Clarke loses Norwich seat

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Charles Clarke on losing Norwich seat

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke has lost his Norwich South seat to the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Clarke, a critic of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, was beaten by Simon Wright by just 310 votes.

Mr Clarke, who was chief of staff to Labour leader Neil Kinnock between 1983 and 1992, was elected in 1997.

Mr Wright, who secured 13,960 votes, used to be an agent to North Norfolk Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb. The Tories have held four seats in Norfolk.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Wright said: "I'm determined to represent Norwich South to the best of my ability.

"I will be open and honest about my expenses and I'll stand up for freedoms, for fairness and for social justice."

Mr Clarke said: "I've been very proud indeed to represent the fine city of Norwich over these last 13 years.

"I believe under Labour tremendous things have been achieved with the economy of the city, the public services to the city and many, many other things."

The Conservative candidate Brandon Lewis won the seat from Labour's Tony Wright, who took the seat in 1997.

Mr Lewis took the seat with a majority of 4,276 on an 8.7% swing from Labour to the Conservatives.

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Conservative Chloe Smith, who won the Norwich North by-election in July last year following the resignation of Labour MP Ian Gibson, retained her seat with 17,280 votes.

Labour candidate John Cook came second with 13,379 and Liberal Democrat John Stephen took 7,783.

'Worst prime minister'

Elizabeth Truss, who faced de-selection over her affair with Mark Field, MP for the City of Westminster, held South West Norfolk for the Conservatives.

She received 23,753 votes, with Liberal Democrat Stephen Gordon on 10,613 and Peter Smith of Labour taking third place with 9,119.

In North West Norfolk, Henry Bellingham was re-elected for the Conservatives with 25,916 votes.

Liberal Democrat William Summers came second with 11,206, and Manish Sood - who during his campaign as Labour candidate described Gordon Brown as "the worst prime minister we have had in this country" - came third with 6,353.

Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Wright and his leader Nick Clegg
Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Wright and his leader Nick Clegg

Richard Bacon received 27,133 votes in South Norfolk, with Liberal Democrat Jacky Howe taking 16,193 and Labour's Mick Castle coming third with 7,252.

George Freeman held Mid Norfolk for the Conservatives with 25,123 votes, with Lib Dem David Newman second with 11,267.

Retained seat

Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb retained his Norfolk North seat for the Liberal Democrats, taking 27,554 votes.

Conservative Trevor Ivory won 15,928 votes.

In Broadland Conservative Keith Simpson retained his seat with 24,338 votes.

Lib Dem Daniel Roper took 17,056 votes and in third place Labour took 7,287.

Both Conservative and Lib Dem saw an increase of almost 3%, while Labour saw a decrease of almost 10%.



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