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 Norfolk North
Other Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat 23,978 42.7 +8.4
David Prior Conservative 23,495 41.8 +5.3
Mike Gates Labour 7,490 13.3 -11.8
Mike Sheridan Green 649 1.2  
Paul Simison UK Independence 608 1.1  
Majority 483 0.9
Turnout 56,220 70.2 -5.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 8.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat covers a large area, curling around the top bend of East Anglia. Never extending more than 12 miles inland, the constituency includes agricultural land (although hardly rolling - this is Norfolk), near-unspoilt coastline, the Norfolk Broads, a couple of nature reserves and more than its fair share of country houses.

The pace of life is slow, and the inhabitants (of whom a good many are pensioners) have seen little change since the days of Arthur Ransome and his Swallows and Amazons.

The main centre of population is Cromer, a seaside resort whose grandeur is now decidedly faded. It boasts a remarkable number of fish and chip shops, but the absence of visitors in the off season can make it seem a rather quiet place.

The area also includes some of the famed Norfolk Broads, and the communities of Stalham and Hoveton are popular gateways to these waterways.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Norfolk North
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Prior Conservative 21,456 36.5
Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat 20,163 34.3
Michael Cullingham Labour 14,736 25.1
John Allen Referendum 2,458 4.2
Majority 1,293 2.2
Turnout 58,813 76.0
 
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