Sir Ed Davey dips in the sea during election campaign

Steff Aquarone and Sir Ed Davey swimming in the sea
Sir Ed splashed alongside Steff Aquarone, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk [BBC]

Sir Ed Davey took a dip in the North Sea while taking his general election campaign to the East of England.

The Liberal Democrat leader was highlighting his party's plans to protect bathing areas from sewage dumping, by paddling in the water at Sheringham in Norfolk.

Asked by the BBC whether voters would take him seriously following his various campaign stunts, Sir Ed said he had received "positive feedback".

Almost all of the main political parties have pledged to tackle water pollution.

Sir Ed splashed alongside Steff Aquarone - the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk.

"People have been disillusioned in politics and one of the reasons I'm campaigning in this style is to grab people's attention and make serious messages," said Sir Ed, speaking on Friday.

Sir Ed Davey in a white shirt, with the sea behind him
Sir Ed Davey visited Sheringham and pledged to tackle sewage spills [BBC]

Sir Ed also told the BBC he predicted the Lib Dems would win its "best haul of seats in the East of England for a century".

The North Norfolk seat was held by Lib Dem MP Sir Norman Lamb from 2001 to 2019, before being lost to Conservative Duncan Baker.

"We’re quite confident here and across the region… there could even be surprises in Suffolk - let's wait and see."

A full list of the candidates for North Norfolk can be found here.

Sir Ed Davey and his campaigners splashing in the sea
Sir Ed and his team splashed around in the sea [BBC]

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