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Norwich NorthParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 23,397
- Vote share %: 50.5
- Vote share change: +2.8
- Votes: 18,659
- Vote share %: 40.3
- Vote share change: -6.3
Liberal DemocratDave Thomas
- Votes: 2,663
- Vote share %: 5.8
- Vote share change: +2.5
- Votes: 1,078
- Vote share %: 2.3
- Vote share change: +0.6
- Votes: 488
- Vote share %: 1.1
- Vote share change: +1.1
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 4,738
- Registered voters: 67,172
- Change since 2017: +0.3
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A Norwich head teacher says the prime minister’s defence of his aide Dominic Cummings will make school reopenings even more difficult as lockdown rules are relaxed.
Boris Johnson's chief adviser admitted travelling from London to Durham during the height of lockdown.
Binks Neate-Evans, executive head of Angel Road Infant and Junior School and Bignold Primary School, said the PM’s handling of the crisis had heightened her fears over the "shoddy and badly timed guidance" of schools re-opening to more pupils.
In a letter to local MPs, Mrs Neate-Evans said: "My worries and that of my staff are escalated because we know the impact the debacle will have on sticking to lockdown."
Mr Lewis, Norwich South Labour MP, said scientists "have come out and said if you put schools re-opening back by two weeks, you halve deaths."
The Conservative MP for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, said: "As an MP, I will always represent my constituents’ views to Westminster," but added that she respected the prime minister’s decision to back Mr Cummings.
A workman putting up floodlights at the Norfolk Showground ahead of the election count there got stuck in mud. Luckily, Ross, a volunteer from Norfolk 4x4 Rescue, managed to get his vehicle moving again.
Analysis from BBC Radio Norfolk's political reporter Robby West.
Good morning, if you are just joining us here are the headlines from Norfolk:
- Conservative Duncan Baker grabs North Norfolk from the Lib Dems
- Labour's Clive Lewis is the only non-Conservative MP in Norfolk after returning to Norwich South
- All Tory MPs increase their majority, including Chloe Smith in the marginal seat of Norwich North
Chloe Smith has been re-elected as the MP for Norwich North, with an increased majority.
The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Karen Davis by 4,738 votes, more than double the majority at the 2017 election.
Dave Thomas of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Adrian Holmes came fourth.
Voter turnout was up by 0.3 percentage points since the last general election.
More than 46,000 people, 68.9% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.
Two of the five candidates, Adrian Holmes (Green) and David Moreland (UKIP) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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Chloe Smith has comfortably held her Norwich North seat for the Tories.
She polled 23,397 votes, 4,738 more than Labour, which targeted this bellwether seat during the election campaign.
In 2017, Ms Smith gained just 507 more votes than Labour.
BBC Norfolk political reporter
In 2017, Conservative Chloe Smith held on to Norwich North but saw her majority shrink to just 507 votes.
Labour, who have been out in force in this marginal constituency, have just told me they project they will lose this seat by approximately 3,000 votes.
The turnout in Norwich North is up very slightly to 69.09% from 68.6%.