LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 13 December, 2019
TORIES SCORE BIG ELECTION SUCCESS AS MPS HOLD ON TO SEATS
Conservatives are celebrating a general election success in Norfolk and Suffolk, with only one Labour victory in the two counties.
They’ve won Ipswich from Labour and North Norfolk from the Lib-Dems. Only Clive Lewis hung on for Labour at Norwich South.
All the sitting Tory MPs locally were re-elected……in South Norfolk, Central Suffolk, Mid Norfolk, South-West Norfolk and Waveney. All of them managed to considerably increase their share of the vote, despite winning good majorities last time.
In South Norfolk, Richard Bacon has held on to the safe seat, where he’s been MP since 2001, with a majority of over 21,000. Mr Bacon says that his biggest goals going forward will be to push for a higher level of broadband service, better roads and more housing.
Dan Poulter was re-elected at Central Suffolk, which he’s held for the last nine years. His majority went up by over 5,000. George Freeman held on to Mid Norfolk with an increased majority; Liz Truss won in South West Norfolk again, with a very large share of the vote; and Peter Aldous almost doubled his majority at Waveney.
Apart from Central Suffolk, the turnout was slightly down, compared to 2017.
TESTS CONTINUE AT FLU OUTBREAK FARM
More tests have been carried out in the local area, after an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm near Eye.
A restriction zone of a kilometre has remained in place around Homefield Farm at Athelington. Equipment’s now been brought in to cull around 27,000 birds at the farm, after more cases of the disease were confirmed.
Other properties in the vicinity are being checked, with the inquiry likely to continue for a few more days.
TWO CARS FLIP OVER ON SAME ROAD
Police are investigating after two cars overturned on the same road within a few hours.
The cars both went into adjoining fields on Hargham Road at Old Buckenham in separate incidents early yesterday morning.
CANARIES TRAVEL TO HIGH-FLYING LEICESTER
Norwich City will continue their bid to climb out of the bottom three of the Premiership tomorrow, but face a tough task as they visit high-flying Leicester City, currently in second place.
In League One, Ipswich Town will hope to return to winning ways after a midweek cup defeat, when they take on another top six side, Bristol Rovers at Portman Road.
TOWN GET CHANCE OF TOP THREE SPOT
Diss Town will be hoping to follow up last weekend’s good home victory, when they travel to lowly Felixstowe & Walton reserves in the Thurlow Nunn first division north. A win could take them into third place.
In the Anglian Combination, second-placed Harleston have no game tomorrow, but Scole United are away at Acle, who have drawn nearly half of their matches this season.
TOP THREE CLASH FOR DISS
In rugby, Diss first team face a battle at Ipswich, who are just above them in the London North league in second place. Saracens are at home against their division leaders, Norwich Union.