Election Day live: Norfolk and Waveney heads to the polls for generation defining election
PUBLISHED: 14:29 12 December 2019
After a fiercely fought election campaign, the country’s day of destiny has arrived.
And just like across the nation, voters in the region are heading to polling stations to select a government in the first December general election in almost a century.
It was in 1923 that Britain last went to the polls in the final month of the year, when Conservative prime minister Stanley Baldwin looked to strengthen his party's grasp on power.
And in the next 24 hours we will discover whether Boris Johnson will be able to repeat the same stunt and claim a majority or whether we will be waking up to a new government.
In these parts, many of the eyes will be on the Norwich North constituency, where Conservative Chloe Smith is defending the narrowest majority in the county. In the last general election, Ms Smith kept Norwich Norfolk blue by just 507 votes.
Meanwhile, the county is guaranteed to select at least two new members of parliament, with Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb standing down in North Norfolk and Broadland Tory Keith Simpson also not seeking re-election.
Going into the election, all but two of the county's seats were held by the Conservative party, with Labour's Clive Lewis and Mr Lamb being the only Norfolk MPs not to wear a blue rosette.
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Polling stations across Norfolk and Waveney opened at 7am this morning, with voters having until 10pm to cast their votes.
Throughout the day, this page will be updated with the latest developments from the polling stations in what could prove the most generation defining elections in recent memories.
Then, through the evening, our team of reporters will be providing live coverage from counts as the votes are totted up and winners declared.
Staff at the polling station in King Street, Norwich, said the morning had been steady - though with the station holding ballots for two different wards this time around, they said it was difficult to compare how busy it was with previous election. They did say, however, that more than 300 people had cast their votes by lunchtime.
And while people on social media may be more used to stories of dogs at polling stations, the staff member added that a cat had to be turned away from station.
An officer at another polling station in Norwich, in Chantry Hall, said it had been "the busiest general election in recent memory", with voters queuing out of the doors to have their say.
Meanwhile, in Mid Norfolk, voters were given an unusual location to have their say - with the Milwrights Arms in Toftwood, Dereham, stepping in to provide a station following scheduling issues with the usual one.
Full results will also be published on this website with all the reaction, analysis and fallout published across the day.
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