Jesse Norman bookies choice to hold Hereford

Last week Ladbrokes released odds for the 2015 general election.

Last week Ladbrokes released odds for the 2015 general election.

First published in News

THIRTEEN months still remain until the next general election but bookmakers Ladbrokes have already called the Hereford and South Herefordshire seat a one-horse race.

Jesse Norman MP is the heavy favourite to win again, at 1/16 on, with Liberal Democrat candidate Lucy Hurds second in the list at 7/1.

Of the outside bets, UKIP’s Kip Waistell (50/1) leads Labour (100/1).

But Labour spokesman Richard Costello insists: “May 2015 could be a bad time for the bookies in Herefordshire.

"Labour will be fighting hard to win across the country.”

Mr Norman will be hoping the bookies have backed the right man.

He was reselected by the local Conservative association last year, and promises to fight to finish the “serious, long-term work” he started in 2010.

His priorities remain in levelling the playing field when it comes to the “chronic underfunding” of Herefordshire’s public services, and supporting local business through projects like the Hereford’s Enterprise Zone.

Mr Norman – who last year received national attention for his contrary positions over Syria and the House of Lords Bill – said: “We've made real progress since 2010.

“We won one of the first fast rural broadband projects, we won one of the first Enterprise Zones and the Department for Education recently raised per pupil funding for schools by well above the rate of inflation.

“I will be seeking re-election in 2015 so that we can push forward to the next stage.”

Part of that will be a continued focus on healthcare in the county.

Mr Norman was vocal in his opposition of a policy that would have forced constituents to use Welsh hospitals, and has also supported Hereford County Hospital’s resistance to a merger.

"Healthcare has been a huge priority for me,” he added.

According to Ladbrokes, his biggest challenge will come from Ms Hurds, who stood in North Herefordshire four years ago.

And she believes time, and local support, is on her side.

Ms Hurds said: “It is said that a week is a long time in politics so a year is a lifetime.

“I hope the people of Herefordshire will by then feel they would be well represented by local Liberal Democrats who understand the unique challenges that Herefordshire faces."

Going against Bill Wiggin MP in 2010, Ms Hurds was able to boost the Lib Dem vote by around five percent, but failed to make any real inroads in what is a considered a ‘safe’ Conservative constituency.

However, historically the Hereford and South Herefordshire area is more open, with Mr Norman winning back the seat following 13 years of Lib Dem control.

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9:11am Wed 2 Apr 14

Hereford person says...

I think that the Liberal and UKIP odds should be reversed as the Libs vote will collapse.
I think that the Liberal and UKIP odds should be reversed as the Libs vote will collapse. Hereford person
  • Score: 16

12:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

Oh great.
I for one am well chuffed to be represented by an old Etonian and Oxbridge Classics graduate.
Of course his experience as a City Banker qualifies him well to represent the interests of a rural community like South Herefordshire, or any community at all in fact not comprised of toffs.
Oh great. I for one am well chuffed to be represented by an old Etonian and Oxbridge Classics graduate. Of course his experience as a City Banker qualifies him well to represent the interests of a rural community like South Herefordshire, or any community at all in fact not comprised of toffs. mizza21
  • Score: 6

9:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

awm2002 says...

I will not be voting for him that's for sure. It appears he cannot even be bothered to reply to emails sent requesting his help/advice. I sent the email on the 6th March and as of yet haven't even had an acknowledgement. If he can't be bothered to reply to me I can't be bothered to vote for him.
I will not be voting for him that's for sure. It appears he cannot even be bothered to reply to emails sent requesting his help/advice. I sent the email on the 6th March and as of yet haven't even had an acknowledgement. If he can't be bothered to reply to me I can't be bothered to vote for him. awm2002
  • Score: 12

11:17pm Fri 4 Apr 14

saidflo says...

mizza21,
I assume you are being sarcastic and I agree Jesse must have a wonderful classics background - check out his book on Edmund Burke, Philosopher and politician - brilliant!? - perfect for representing rural Herefordshire.
He is very rarely seen around Herefordshire - a "surgery" a month if you are lucky. Twelve estimated a year - hard work if you can get it! He did spend plenty of time in the House of Commons in 2012, judging by his Backbencher of the Year 2012 award and his Spectator Parliamentarian of the year 2012 award.
His minions try to be very picky when you ask (have to argue) for an appointment with him as only certain subjects are allowed (in my experience).
He has stepped up his game now we are nearing the election year 2015. Starting by campaigning for the hospital and laying claim to good works.
It did take a couple of years before he got his act together and started replying to "some" emails. If the Jesse gang don't like the subject (again) you don't get a reply - simple as!

What choice do we have? Lucy Hurds - wonderful - the anti-thesis of impressive! Last couple of local council bi-elections were fought fairly grubbily by the Lib dems, so not hitting the spot on popularity there.

Kip Waistell? Is that a joke? UKIP - Kip? Who is he? (I love Nigel Farage on the campaign trail with his pint - Brilliant :))

Labour collect very few votes in Herefordshire. Has anyone put their head above the parapet yet?

Where are all the brilliant Herefordian local politicians? We do have a couple of good people on the council, who could walk it if they stood for election as MP. Keeping my options open - eternally optomistic.
mizza21, I assume you are being sarcastic and I agree Jesse must have a wonderful classics background - check out his book on Edmund Burke, Philosopher and politician - brilliant!? - perfect for representing rural Herefordshire. He is very rarely seen around Herefordshire - a "surgery" a month if you are lucky. Twelve estimated a year - hard work if you can get it! He did spend plenty of time in the House of Commons in 2012, judging by his Backbencher of the Year 2012 award and his Spectator Parliamentarian of the year 2012 award. His minions try to be very picky when you ask (have to argue) for an appointment with him as only certain subjects are allowed (in my experience). He has stepped up his game now we are nearing the election year 2015. Starting by campaigning for the hospital and laying claim to good works. It did take a couple of years before he got his act together and started replying to "some" emails. If the Jesse gang don't like the subject (again) you don't get a reply - simple as! What choice do we have? Lucy Hurds - wonderful - the anti-thesis of impressive! Last couple of local council bi-elections were fought fairly grubbily by the Lib dems, so not hitting the spot on popularity there. Kip Waistell? Is that a joke? UKIP - Kip? Who is he? (I love Nigel Farage on the campaign trail with his pint - Brilliant :)) Labour collect very few votes in Herefordshire. Has anyone put their head above the parapet yet? Where are all the brilliant Herefordian local politicians? We do have a couple of good people on the council, who could walk it if they stood for election as MP. Keeping my options open - eternally optomistic. saidflo
  • Score: 2

9:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

fmrbill says...

awm2002 my friend I have had exactly the same experience, regarding even getting a response saying thanks for your email I will be in touch later etc. etc., at least with KEETCH you got that. I wont be voting for Norman either, he is arrogant, rude, and within 4 years feels that he is owed this seat automatically. For your advise Mr Norman it don't work like that, we Herefordians ain't stupid, rest assured of that
awm2002 my friend I have had exactly the same experience, regarding even getting a response saying thanks for your email I will be in touch later etc. etc., at least with KEETCH you got that. I wont be voting for Norman either, he is arrogant, rude, and within 4 years feels that he is owed this seat automatically. For your advise Mr Norman it don't work like that, we Herefordians ain't stupid, rest assured of that fmrbill
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Sat 5 Apr 14

swampy says...

I also voted for Jesse Norman last time and wont again. I once wrote to him asking his to vote for an EDM and he eventually wrote back and said he would'nt as he did'nt believe in them, I had to then reply and let him know what there purpose is, as he did'nt seem to grasp it.
Another time he wrote back and said instead of writing to him, I should concentrate on my own work !! He is so different from what I expected, we had been badly let down by him, and he is only standing here again, because he blotted his copy boot with David Cameron.
I shall give UKIP a try this time, because Liberals are pathetic especially some of our local councillors, and people are fed up with how this County is going down the drain, in lots of different ways.
I also voted for Jesse Norman last time and wont again. I once wrote to him asking his to vote for an EDM and he eventually wrote back and said he would'nt as he did'nt believe in them, I had to then reply and let him know what there purpose is, as he did'nt seem to grasp it. Another time he wrote back and said instead of writing to him, I should concentrate on my own work !! He is so different from what I expected, we had been badly let down by him, and he is only standing here again, because he blotted his copy boot with David Cameron. I shall give UKIP a try this time, because Liberals are pathetic especially some of our local councillors, and people are fed up with how this County is going down the drain, in lots of different ways. swampy
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Sat 5 Apr 14

saidflo says...

What is EDM please?
What is EDM please? saidflo
  • Score: 0

10:26am Sun 6 Apr 14

swampy says...

EDM is Early Day Motion, it gauges how much support a particular subject has in the House of Commons and from there can be taken on further.
EDM is Early Day Motion, it gauges how much support a particular subject has in the House of Commons and from there can be taken on further. swampy
  • Score: 1

10:15am Mon 7 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

saidflo. nice analysis, I agree there's no-one to challenge the toff at the moment so with his party machine behind him, however incompetent he is he will romp it.

I see his picture in the Hereford United Programme every week making like he's a man of the people.
I never seen him at a game though. I daresay his Party pay for the advert and he's never been in the ground.

It's not that often you hear or see him interviewed because he sounds so plummy and posh. i am forever seeing him in the print media though claiming credit for this and that and raising his profile.
Falling out with his weak Party Leader in a rather cynical and calculated attempt to get his name out there whilst not doing any real damage to his career prospects.

Oh yes we, the residents of a rural county in the West of England with real issues and work to be done are well served by a Ladder climbing Toff on his way up the political greasy pole.
saidflo. nice analysis, I agree there's no-one to challenge the toff at the moment so with his party machine behind him, however incompetent he is he will romp it. I see his picture in the Hereford United Programme every week making like he's a man of the people. I never seen him at a game though. I daresay his Party pay for the advert and he's never been in the ground. It's not that often you hear or see him interviewed because he sounds so plummy and posh. i am forever seeing him in the print media though claiming credit for this and that and raising his profile. Falling out with his weak Party Leader in a rather cynical and calculated attempt to get his name out there whilst not doing any real damage to his career prospects. Oh yes we, the residents of a rural county in the West of England with real issues and work to be done are well served by a Ladder climbing Toff on his way up the political greasy pole. mizza21
  • Score: 2

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