Over 100 activists hit the streets of North Norfolk this weekend to support Norman Lamb’s election campaign, as elderly residents spoke of their fear of punitive home care costs following the Conservatives’ manifesto bombshell.
James Wright, the Liberal Democrat PPC for Norwich South, led a group of volunteers at an Action Day in Cromer on Sunday, knocking on doors and speaking to local residents at the Pier.
Other volunteers made the trip from as far afield as London, Surrey and Ipswich, to support Norman’s bid for re-election in the face of a challenge from the Conservatives. Action Days were also held in North Walsham, Holt, Sheringham, Stalham and Aylmerton on Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking after the Action Weekend, Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome so many people from all over the country, not least James and his team from Norwich. The level of support has been fantastic – I’m sure the glorious sunshine helped! But perhaps the most positive thing was the number of local people who have never been involved before who turned out to support the campaign."
“It’s shaping up to be a very close fight. We always knew that it would be, especially with the money being poured in from Conservative HQ.
“Many people are telling me that they don’t want to lose a hard-working local MP, and are feeling badly let down by the Conservatives’ plans for social care. I have spoken to lots of people living on modest means, who now face the injustice of being hit with a bill of typically £15,000 each year for home care. They want an MP who will stand up for them locally and in Parliament. I hope to continue doing just that, but I take nothing for granted.”
James Wright, PPC for Norwich South, said:
“Norman has been a fantastic MP for North Norfolk for the last 16 years and I am delighted to have been able to come with a team to help him to continue the work. The response we got was incredibly encouraging.”