Constituency Report: Waveney

AT the beginning of the election campaign it was hailed as the key seat and the campaigning in Waveney carries on apace.The Tories will need 116 Labour seats to win an overall majority at Westminster and Waveney is the 116th most marginal seat in the country.

AT the beginning of the election campaign it was hailed as the key seat and the campaigning in Waveney carries on apace.

The Tories will need 116 Labour seats to win an overall majority at Westminster and Waveney is the 116th most marginal seat in the country.

In the last week, Labour MP Bob Blizzard's campaign - already boosted by comedian Eddie Izzard - won further celebrity backing from Manfred Mann musician Tom McGuiness, while Tory candidate Peter Aldous had a visit from shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers.

Green candidate Graham Elliott said the party was concentrating on meeting people out and about.


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'Despite being left out of the leader's debate on television, the public haven't forgotten about the Green Party,' he said. 'The reception on the doorstep is good and the public really appreciate our fresh approach to politics.'

Meanwhile, None of the Above candidate Louis Barfe said he will start campaigning this week.

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'I'm trying to be a sort of blank canvas,' said Mr Barfe. 'If I come out in favour of this, or against that, I would be a politician, not this faceless everyman - which is the whole point of standing.'

Lib Dem candidate Alan Dean said on his blog that he was 'amused' by a report in the EDP, The Journal's sister paper, saying his campaign had been comparatively quiet.

'My campaign team and I intend to continue campaigning - quietly - by listening to local concerns and to what Waveney's residents think,' he said.

Next Tuesday, the Lowestoft branch of the Suffolk Pensioners Association will host an open meeting for people to question the candidates.

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