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Cancel elections, West Norfolk councillors declare

All sides of the political divide told West Norfolk Council's full council meeting yesterday that local elections should not go ahead as planned in May.

The matter was raised by Independent member Sandra Squire in a question to Brian Long, leader of the council.

She said the national press had reported that Boris Johnson was determined to go ahead with county council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May despite the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Long, leader of the council, said West Norfolk has written to James Wild, MP for North West Norfolk, and Liz Truss, South West Norfolk MP, to point out the "nigh impossible" problems of staging the polls.

Ballot box (44069274)
Ballot box (44069274)

Charles Joyce, leader of the Labour group on the council, said on this occasion he would stand "shoulder to shoulder" in opposition to going ahead with the elections.

Mr Long thanked him and said: "Democracy is critically important but should not come at the cost of putting anyone at risk."

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