July 23 date for Norwich by-election

THE crucial Norwich North by-election, which if Labour loses will re-open party sniping at Gordon Brown, is to take place on Thursday July 23.

Graham Dines

THE crucial Norwich North by-election, which if Labour loses will re-open party sniping at Gordon Brown, is to take place on Thursday July 23.

In the Commons, Government business managers have moved the writ for the contest which was forced by the resignation of Labour's Ian Gibson, amid the expenses and second homes row.

He had a 5,459 majority at the 2005 General Election which would be toppled on a 5.9% swing to Tories.

2005 result: Ian Gibson (Labour) 21,097 (44.9%), Conservative 15,638 (33.2%), Liberal Democrat 7,616 (16.2%); Green Party 1,252 (2.7%); UK Independence Party 1,122 (2.4%); Independent 308 (0.7%). Turnout: 61.1%.

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