Nominations open as West Norfolk election hopefuls prepare to face voters

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Nominations are open for people to put themselves forward to stand in next month’s elections.

Would-be candidates have until next Thursday, April 9, at 4pm to submit their nomination papers for West Norfolk’s two Parliamentary seats or the 42 borough council wards which are set to be contested on May 7.

And there are still a few seats available for you to be in the audience for the Lynn News hustings event, which is due to take place at the College of West Anglia in Lynn on Tuesday, April 21, from 6.30pm.

Around 50 people have already secured their seats to take part in the debate and anyone else who wishes to can do so on a first come first served basis by emailing

All five candidates confirmed so far for the North West Norfolk seat – Conservative Henry Bellingham, Labour’s Jo Rust, Toby Coke of UKIP, Liberal Democrat Hugh Lanham and the Green Party’s Michael de Whalley have agreed to take part.

Meanwhile, voters in Gayton are also being given the chance to question their parliamentary and council election candidates at a hustings event later this month.

The debate, which will be held at the village’s Jubilee Hall on Tuesday, April 14, at 7pm, is intended to cover both national and local issues.

Candidates for North West Norfolk and the Gayton borough council ward are expected to be on the panel.