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Saturday, 20 July 2024 – 07:49

Jeremy Corbyn visits marginal seat in Norwich as planning for election gets underway

Jeremy Corbyn visited Norwich on Saturday as the party looks to target the city in the next general election.

The Labour Party currently holds the Norwich South seat with Clive Lewis MP, however the Norwich North seat is held by the Conservatives’ Chloe Smith. In 2017, Chloe Smith, who has recently been on maternity leave, saw her majority in the constituency fall from over 2000, to just 507.
During his visit to the East Anglian city, the leader of the opposition delivered some media interviews and told members of the public that his party was “utterly determined” to win the seat. After arriving in Norwich by train, the MP for Islington North travelled to Sprowston just outside the city centre, campaigning in the area with the party’s candidate for the constituency, Karen Davis.
The visit came amid the growing likelihood of a general election taking place in the near future. MPs rejected a call for a general election in a vote this week, but it is thought it will only be a matter of time before an election commences. With no working majority in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson and his government are likely to face large barriers to passing new legislation – the government currently has a 100% defeat rate in the Commons.
Norwich North is Norfolk’s most marginal seat, meaning it could be most likely to change hands in the next election. Elsewhere in Norfolk, Broadland Conservative MP Keith Simpson and North Norfolk Liberal Democrats MP Norman Lamb both recently announced they would not stand in the next election.
Despite an election campaign period not officially being underway yet, Boris Johnson has also been travelling around the country in recent days to try and gain support. Earlier this week, the Prime Minister visited Morley in Leeds and was heckled by a member of the public who told him he should be in Brussels. In the last 24 hours, there have been suggestions that the Prime Minister may defy the newly made law and not accept an extension to Brexit – prompting suggestions he could be imprisoned.
Image by Roman Grac from Pixabay 
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