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Ballots for the Diss and Roydon seat in the Norfolk County Council elections have been verified and will now be counted. Results are expected later this afternoon.

Voter turnout for the seat was at 33 per cent. 2,841 ballots were cast, with more than a third of those being postal votes (1,178).

The overall voter turnout across the county was 37 per cent.

The seat's current councillor, Keith Kiddie, of the Conservative Party, and the Green Party's David Reynolds spoke of their chances during the count at the Norfolk Showground.

Eighty-three seats at Norfolk County Council are up for election this week – with one postponed following the death of a candidate.

Conservatives – who have 52 seats – will be hoping to hold on to their control of the council, whilst Labour and the Liberal Democrats will be hoping to make gains on their 16 and nine seats, respectively.

In Diss and Roydon, Conservative Keith Kiddie will be looking to hold his seat against Labour's Pam Reekie; The Green Party's David Reynolds; and Liberal Democrat Trevor Wenman.

In Long Stratton, Conservative Alison Thomas will be looking to see off Labour's David Vail; the Lib Dem's Jon Norton, and Shaun Button, from the Green Party.

The count for Long Stratton is expected to begin at 5pm.

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