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Ipswich: Labour hopeful David Ellesmere vows to keep fighting for improved rail services for Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk

09:17 03 April 2014

David Ellesmere

David Ellesmere

Ipswich Labour candidate David Ellesmere has pledged to keep up the fight for major improvements to the rail service to the region if he is elected at next year’s general election.


Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne last year gave his backing to the establishment of a rail task force to press for improvements to the main rail line between London and the region.

The task force is led by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer along with fellow Conservatives Chloe Smith (Norwich North) and Priti Patel (Witham).

However Mr Ellesmere said the campaign to improve rail services would continue if he was returned to parliament in next year’s general election.

He said: “Improving the rail links to Ipswich is fundamental to improving the prosperity of the town and I would hope to play a major role in pressing the case for more investment.”

Like Mr Gummer, he feels it is important to improve the cross-country link – especially electrifying the route from Felixstowe to the Midlands through Ely and Peterborough.

Mr Ellesmere said: “We need to do everything we can to get freight off the roads – and this rail link is vital. I will do whatever I must to make our case.

“Don’t forget that the Ipswich chord was built because of the insistence of one man, Phil Smart – a Labour councillor.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has been leading the campaign to improve rail services and was sceptical about Mr Ellesmere’s promise.

He said: “The fact is that if Labour get in they will not have the money for major infrastructure improvements like this, especially in this part of the world.

“Ed Balls has made pledges to increase welfare spending and this money has to come from somewhere – on their past record this is likely to be from major infrastructure projects like improving the rail lines.”



  • Why would you support a man who's party cannot oversea the change of dustbin collections with out severe problems. A man who's party sold off St Matthew's baths, failed to maintain Broom Hill and filled in Pipers Vale. Bodes well for the trains.

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    David S

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Do you not think he looks a bit like a comedian who was on tv ?.so trying to be an MP is about right.

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    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • I am not going to vote for David. Many candidates don't really have much experience in a seat of authority when standing as an MP (unless seeking re-election) - David indeed does to a minor extent, but hasn't demonstrated to the people that he has any capability of doing so. *** So... the rail chord... Phil Smart... Labour... no where do I see a reference to the name "David Ellesmere"! The last thing we want is another Ben Gummer or Chris Mole - or worse. Talking of Ben Gummer... there is no way Ed Balls will increase welfare spending. Labour took over Conservative welfare policy when they got into power and not only kept it for 2 terms, they attacked the welfare state further.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • According to many journalists, the Labour party are just a glorified metropolitan middle-class think tank. Losing votes by the thousands daily, no one can resonate with Beaker.

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    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Well done David Ellesmere, by using an example of £56 million wasted by Phil Smart on the new chord that most freight companies are not going to use, you have just reminded me why I don't vote Labour.

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    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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