50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Norwich South

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? A four-way marginal in 2010 (Conservative-Labour-Liberal Democrat-Green) with Liberal Democrat MP Simon Wright taking the seat from former Home Secretary Charles Clarke. Mr Wright was elected with just 29.4% of the vote.

Where? The largest city in Norfolk. The constituency is divided from Norwich North by the river Wensum.

Why? A top target for the Green party. The University of East Anglia is situated in the seat and the direction the student vote goes in will be pivotal to the outcome.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority in 2010: 310

The MP in the last Parliament – Simon Wright

Simon Wright, MP for Norwich South

Simon Wright, MP for Norwich South

First elected MP for Norwich South in 2010, Simon Wright (Lib Dem) sits on the Environmental Audit Select Committee and was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for
Families and Children, Sarah Teather MP for Brent CentralFull biography on Wright’s website.

@simonwrightmp

The challengers

How will Clive Lewis be wearing his rosette on May 8th?

Clive Lewis, Labour’s candidate for Norwich South

A former BBC journalist, Clive Lewis (Lab) was born in Northampton and studied at the University of Bradford, where he was the student union president. Later he became vice-president of the National Union of Students. Full biography on Lewis’s website.

@labourlewis

Lisa Townsend, Conservative challenger for Norwich South

Lisa Townsend, Conservative challenger for Norwich South

Lisa Townsend (Con) studied law at Sheffield Hallam University and University College, London. Her political interests include local growth, schools and education, healthcare and mental health. More details on Townsend’s website.

@_lisa_townsend

Lesley Grahame, Green challenger for Norwich South

Lesley Grahame, Green challenger for Norwich South

Part-time district nurse Lesley Grahame (Green) is a city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet. More details in the Eastern Daily Press.

@lesleyjgrahame

Originally from Sheffield, Steve Emmens (UKIP) has lived in Norwich for the past fifteen years. For the last three years he has worked as a fund-raiser for a charity. More details on Emmens’ Facebook page.

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