Emma Hutchinson

ITV Anglia Political Correspondent

Emma Hutchinson is ITV Anglia's Political Correspondent based at Westminster

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Read Emma Hutchinson's election blog

With 100 days to go until the General Election, here's the first installment of ITV Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson's election blog:

It's January 27th 2015, 100 days to go until polling day on May 7th , and the countdown is on to the most unpredictable election in a generation.

Our region will be a key battleground with politicians vying to win over voters in marginal constituencies. The electoral map in the East is currently a Conservative stronghold with just 4 Liberal Democrat MPs in Norwich South, North Norfolk, Colchester and Cambridge and 3 Labour MPs in Luton North and Luton South and Corby as well as a single UKIP MP in Clacton.

Labour are targeting seats like Norwich South, Waveney, Bedford, Northampton North and Ipswic , where only a few hundred voters would have to change allegiance to change the colour of the constituency.

Meanwhile the Conservatives like the look of our region as it is and want to hang on to the seats they already have as well as trying to win back Corby, which Labour won in a by-election in 2012.

The Liberal Democrats believe they can do better than their opinion poll rating suggests and hang on in places they already have, though Norwich South will prove a very tough fight, the current Liberal Democrat majority there is just 310.

And UKIP leader Nigel Farage believes the East of England is his party's most fertile territory, they topped the poll here in the European Elections last May and won more than 50% of the vote in the Clacton by-election to get UKIP's first elected MP

Add the Greens into the mix , who say their membership is growing rapidly and they hope to do well in Norwich and Cambridge, and you can see why the only thing that's certain about this election is the date.

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