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Successor to Norman Lamb to come from an all-woman shortlist

PUBLISHED: 13:11 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:41 05 November 2019

The successor to one of Norfolk's longest-serving MPs, Sir Norman Lamb, is set to be chosen from an all-woman shortlist.

The Liberal Democrats will reveal their prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk following a meeting this evening (Tuesday, August 10).

The Lib Dems use All-women shortlists (AWSs) when 'held' seats become available.

Sir Norman, 61, said in August he would no longer contest the seat as he felt he would be more effective outside parliament than in it.

He has held the seat for 18-and-a-half years winning five general elections, most recently holding off a concerted Conservative campaign in the lead-up to the 2017 poll.

In the election, Sir Norman's share of the votes increased from the 39.1pc he won in 2015 to 48.4pc, although his majority has waned from a high of 11,626 from the 2010 election to 3,512 in 2017.

Sir Norman served as a minister of state at the Department of Health in the Coalition Government, and was knighted in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

His replacement will face Duncan Baker of the Conservatives and the Brexit Party's Harry Gwynne in an election, which is widely tipped to take place by the end of the year.

Mr Baker, 40, from Aylmerton, has said he would have backed May's Brexit plan, but that the region could handle leaving the EU without a deal in place.

Mr Baker is also a district councillor, and is the finance director at Holt's Bakers and Larners department store.

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Mr Gwynne, 32, from Brentford in London, said he was keen on developing the idea of an "online democracy" as well as direct democracy.

He worked as a consultant and researcher for Vote Leave and is now the head of business development at a tech and events company, and is also a regenerative property developer specialising in churches.

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Labour and the other parties are yet to announce their candidates for the north Norfolk constituency.

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