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 Norfolk Mid
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Keith Simpson Conservative 23,519 44.8 +5.2
Daniel Zeichner Labour 18,957 36.1 -1.2
Vivienne Clifford-Jackson Liberal Democrat 7,621 14.5 -0.5
Stuart Agnew UK Independence 1,333 2.5  
Peter Reeve Green 1,118 2.1 -0.1
Majority 4,562 8.7
Turnout 52,548 70.1 -6.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This has in the past been a safe Conservative seat. But the party's representatives on Broadland council seem to have stopped attacking their opposition and instead have turned inwards: there are now two Conservative groups on the council, the Broadland Conservative Group (25 councillors) and the Broadland Conservative District Group (7 members). But with just 17 councillors between them the opposition parties hardly pose a threat.

Breckland, the other local authority in the constituency, is equally well-stacked with Conservative members, having watched the gradual defeat of the large number of Labour councillors elected at the Conservativesí nadir in the mid-1990s.

There are few large employers in the constituency, but the most important of these is frozen food giant Bernard Matthews, based at Great Witchingham, which employs 3,600 people. The local turkey industry, important in northern Norfolk, has a strong relationship with this company. Elsewhere, some investment in regeneration is being made. The Gressenhall Project near Dereham is transforming a former workhouse into a rural life museum.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Norfolk Mid
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Keith Simpson Conservative 22,739 39.6
Daniel Zeichner Labour 21,403 37.3
Susan Frary Liberal Democrat 8,617 15.0
Nigel Holder Referendum 3,229 5.6
Tony Park Green 1,254 2.2
Bruce Parker Natural Law 215 0.4
Majority 1,336 2.3
Turnout 57,457 76.3
 
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