Greens to fight all Norfolk seats

Sarah HallThe Green party has unveiled a full slate of candidates to contest every parliamentary seat in Norfolk at this year's general election.Sarah Hall

The Green party has unveiled a full slate of candidates to contest every parliamentary seat in Norfolk at this year's general election.

It is the first time the party has stood in all the county's constituencies - with the newly created Broadland constituency - meaning people will be able to elect nine MPs for Norfolk when they go to the polls.

The Greens have made the Norwich South constituency one of their top three target seats nationally, along with Brighton Pavilion and Lewisham and Deptford.

Adrian Ramsay, the party's deputy leader and former leader of the Green group at City Hall, is challenging Labour's Charles Clarke for Norwich South.

Laura Biggart will be contesting Great Yarmouth. The 45-year-old is now a PhD researcher and associate tutor in psychology at the University of East Anglia.

Timothy Birt, a town councillor in Dereham, is stepping up to contest the Mid Norfolk seat. He is a 44-year-old electronics engineer and has developed a fast electric sports car for the Ecotricity company.

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Andrew Boswell, leader of the Green group at Norfolk County Council is the North Norfolk candidate. The 53-year-old trained as a biochemist and worked at the UEA in scientific computing.

Former Norwich city Labour councillor Susan Curran is the candidate for the Broadland constituency. The 57-year-old established her own publishing house in 1997, specialising in academic and business publishing.

Another former city councillor - 43-year-old teaching assistant Jessica Goldfinch - is standing in Norwich North.

Self-employed computer support specialist Michael de Whalley, 42, is standing in North West Norfolk. He is currently studying with the Open University, but as a member of the Royal Auxiliary Airforce, he also served in Iraq.

Tai Chi and Kung Fu teacher Jo Willcott, 37, from Wymondham, is set to fight for South Norfolk.

It is expected that 27-year-old Lori Allen, who works in social services, will stand in South West Norfolk. Her selection is pending in a contest in which she is the only candidate.

Independent candidate Bill Holden has confirmed he will stand once again for Norwich North.

Mr Holden, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew, has a degree in politics from the Open University and stood in the last general election for Norwich North and in the by-election last year triggered when Labour MP Ian Gibson quit after he was caught up in the expenses scandal.

Mr Holden said: 'Independent MPs can more fully represent the opinions of voters at the local, national and European levels; they are free from pressure to toe party lines and are far more able to ask questions without fear or favour.

'If there is to be change at the general election then the electorate must vote for a change!'