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Ipswich: Labour wins two Tory seats after the town goes to the polls for borough council election

13:43 23 May 2014

Grafton House, the home of Ipswich Borough Council  in Russell Road

Grafton House, the home of Ipswich Borough Council in Russell Road


Both Labour and the Tories were finding positives in the borough council election results – after UKIP failed to make a breakthrough despite winning thousands of votes.


Labour won two seats from the Conservatives during the election for 17 councillors, one in each of the town’s 16 wards and a by-election in Alexandra.

Whitton and Rushmere were the two wards switching from blue to red.

But they missed two of their other targets – Stoke Park and Holywells – allowing both main parties able to claim some success.

Labour now have 35 places on the council compared to the Tories’ 10 and just three for the Liberal Democrats.

And despite big UKIP votes in some wards, including Bridge, Castle Hill and Gainsborough, they were unable to secure a council seat.

The election’s overall turnout came in at 35.34% and resulted in eight new councillors.

Labour’s Sandra Gage (Rushmere) and Hugh Wittall (Whitton) arrived from the party’s newly-won seats, with colleagues Elango Elavalakan (St John’s), Andi Hopgood (Gainsborough), Colin Kreidewolf (Westgate), Daniel Maguire (Priory Heath) and Jane Riley (Alexandra) joining them.

The only new Conservative councillor was Eddie Phillips in Bixley.

Labour council leader David Ellesmere was upbeat at the end of a very long night.

He said: “A year out from the general election we are 11% ahead of the Conservatives and despite all the predictions we have seen no UKIP breakthrough.

“The message we have had from the doorsteps is that people like the Labour council, they think we are doing a good job and we are hoping to carry that forward in the general election next year.”

While Labour won Whitton and Rushmere from the Conservatives, it missed out on winning the last Tory seat in Stoke Park and had hoped to take the Holywells seat.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, who is defending the seat for the Tories next year, was also in buoyant mood.

He said: “Part of Stoke Park is my bellweather area – if we win that we win the seat and we did very well there.

“I don’t take too much from council elections to the general election when the turnout will be much higher, but this gives great heart to the party supporters.”

For the Liberal Democrats it was a miserable night in Ipswich – unless your name is Inga Lockington.

She held on to her St Margaret’s seat with the largest single vote – but elsewhere the party finished bottom everywhere, below the Greens.

She said: “It was very different this year to what it was when I last fought the seat in 2010. Times are tough, but we can do well when people see we do a good job for them.”

IBC Elected Councillors

Alexandra Ward: John Cook (Labour) and Jane Riley (Lab)

Bixley Ward: Edward Phillips (Conservative)

Bridge Ward: Jim Powell (Lab)

Castle Hill Ward: Christopher Stewart (Con)

Gainsborough Ward: Andi Hopgood (Lab)

Gipping Ward: Jeanette Macartney (Lab)

Holywells Ward: George Debman (Con)

Priory Heath Ward: Daniel Maguire (Lab)

Rushmere Ward: Sandra Gage (Lab)

Sprites Ward: Hamil Clarke (Lab)

St John’s Ward: Elango Elavalakan (Lab)

St Margaret’s Ward: Inga Lockington (Liberal Democrat)

Stoke Park Ward: Nadia Cenci (Con)

Westgate Ward: Colin Kreidewolf (Lab)

Whitehouse Ward: Colin Wright (Lab)

Whitton Ward: Hugh Whittall (Lab)

Missed our live coverage? Click here to see how the election unfolded, as covered by our local government correspondent Paul Geater.



  • Do people still walk and drive around Ipswich with their eyes shut and then go and vote for more of the same? Have a look at some of the other towns around us i.e Bury, Colchester etc to see what can be done by Councils that work for the whole population and not just for the minority.

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    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Just out of interest, has anyone worked out how UKIP would have got on if the proportional representation system was used?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • waspie's wife...I meant Pc Plod you said it all for me. Well done.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • waspie's said it all for me.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Uneducated people do not deserve the right to vote. In a similar way to not being able to drive without taking a test, there needs to be a test before someone is deemed responsible enough to vote. Stoke Park is arguably the dump of South Ipswich, yet they vote Conservative? No one living there has over £1000 in the bank and its the home to the lower working class... so why vote middle class Tory? ...I am sure these mixture of benefit claimants and poor hard working families have found an incentive as why. I don't agree with it - its not democratic. Whitton arguably the dump of North Ipswich have saw red.... Conservatives aren't the sort of people looking out for their interests, it took them a term to find this out. *** The four types of people voting these days are... 1) those with common sense 2) those who pick Conservatives as their logo resembles colouring in with crayons... those nostalgic years they haven't grown up and moved on from 3) those who don't work so cannot vote for "Labour" , and 4) protest voters (or random voters) ... might actually work if everyone picked the top-most non-lablibcon party!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Ipswich voters have obviously looked at the alternatives of 1. arrogant, out-of-touch Tories; 2. incompetent, turncoat LibDems; and 3. Ukip hypocrites who rail against Europe but are happy to pocket its money (and have also recently been found to employ immigrants to deliver their leaflets because they were cheaper than British jobseekers)... and decided: better the devil you know.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Bet the paper is happy that labour is still in charge ,lot of story's to come about more cock ups.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Blimey, they've got that Andi Hopgood in Gainsborough. Stick to the music, love. You're much too nice to be a councillor.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • People question why Labour is showing some resurgence when we all know they did not do a good job the last time they were in power. The answer is that we do not have much of a choice. It is very difficult under our voting system for a new party to gain seats, so we are realistically stuck with the choice between the Tories (Libs now totally irrelevant in national elections) and Labour. The Tories have shown us since 2010 that they favour their wealthy chums and have hit the ill, the poor, the elderly, the disabled ... in fact, everyone who is not wealthy. We also know that if they get back into power they will give their wealthy chums even more tax cuts, whilst driving the weak into the ground. In addition they will make sure their wealthy chums can terrorise the countryside in pursuit of killing innocent animals for fun and to alleviate the boredom of being wealthy. So what choice do we have if we have any sense of humanity.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Come on Plod, stop being so negative. Ipswich also has 99p shops as well as the pound shops!

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Labour hold what would be the alternatives Conservatives stating how they would get tough with begging street drinkers litter & promote retail outlets which would include 99p shops & cut services beyond recovery Ukip stating how they would get tough with begging street drinkers & promote businesses including 99p shops not care & leave people to sort their own rubbish out or Liberals who would join in with the others & do the same or labour who get tough with street drinkers beggers & promote 99p shops.same old ship different day.almost as waffly as that tzer ipswich entrepenure but true

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Poor old Ipswich. It's been going downhill for years and having Labour back in charge is the final nail in the coffin. We have nothing now to look forward to but more and more empty shops, Pound shops, decaying buildings, rubbish-strewn streets, beggars and street drinkers. But hey, every cloud has a silver lining. Ipswich may be hell, but at least there's the Wonderful Waterfront.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Democracy eh? it's a bugger. Maybe the voters have looked at the alternatives and come to their own conclusion before placing their crosses.

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Labour IBC have failed this town in epic fashion, its now run down and full of street drinkers, drug users no quality shops, half finished building projects; yet people still vote for them?! It shows they buy "benefit culture" voters, as they have done nothing positive. I am forced to question the sanity of their voters!

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    Rory Breaker

    Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Is Westgate's councillor really called "Colin Kreidewolf"?

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    Friday, May 23, 2014

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