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Bridging the political gap in UK's most easterly constituency

Political promises for a third river crossing in the marginal constituency of Waveney. Photo: ITV News Anglia

The Waveney constituency in Suffolk is as far east as you can go in the British Isles and it's also one of the most marginal seats in the country.

The Conservatives beat Labour by a little under 800 votes at the last election in 2010.

The largest town in Waveney is Lowestoft with an industrial heritage. Its fishing industry has long been in decline but it still maintains a thriving fish market. Tourism is also strong in the town along with businesses serving the offshore industry.

Click below to watch a report on the Waveney constituency from ITV News Anglia's Suffolk reporter Tanya Mercer

The constituency is named after the River Waveney, which marks the border between Norfolk and Suffolk.

The seat stretches inland from the coast along the valley towards the market towns of Beccles and Bungay.

It was held by Labour between 1997 and 2010 when the sitting MP Bob Blizzard was beaten by Conservative rival Peter Aldous by just 769.

The pair return to do battle again in 2015 along with candidates from UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

Lowestoft and the River Waveney are popular with tourists. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Parliamentary candidates in Waveney in 2015

  • Peter Aldous - Conservative
  • Bob Blizzard - Labour
  • Graham Elliott - Green
  • Steve Gordon - Liberal Democrat
  • Simon Tobin - UKIP

Polling stations will be open in Waveney and around the country from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 7 May 2015.

The votes will be counted after 10pm but the result is not expected until the early hours of Friday 8 May.

There are also local elections to Waveney District Council and parish councils being held on the same day.

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