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Suffolk: Gummer speaks out after Town director appears on Camerons’ guest list

PUBLISHED: 06:00 27 March 2012

Ipswich Town shareholder Michael Spencer at Portman Road

Ipswich Town shareholder Michael Spencer at Portman Road

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ONE of the names on David and Samantha Cameron’s Downing Street guest list was Ipswich Town associate director Michael Spencer.

And the row over cash for political influence which began with the revelation that former Conservative treasurer Peter Cruddas was “offering” a private meeting with the Camerons for a donation of £200,000, prompted Ipswich MP Ben Gummer to call for a cap on political donations.

Mr Spencer, who owns a house near Woodbridge as well as homes in London and New York, was treasurer of the Conservative Party until the end of 2010.

Mr Spencer, the chief executive of interdealer broker ICAP, is a long-standing friend of the Camerons.

According to the Electoral Commission register, Michael Spencer has donated thousands of pounds to the Conservatives.

The row over the cash for access prompted Mr Gummer to call for all parties to agree to a £50,000 cap on single donations.

He said: “All the parties need to agree to that – and with Labour being bankrolled by the big unions that might be difficult.

“But I think something like that has to be introduced to ensure that we don’t face the spectre of state funding of political parties. That would be a disaster.”

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Refugee and asylum seeking women living in Suffolk say getting to grips with the English language is one of the biggest challenges they face.

A century ago, in December 1917, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most famous residents of Aldeburgh, died, writes Dr Lucy Harvard.

A senior whistleblower within the region’s ambulance trust has claimed up to 80 people could have died or come to harm because of delays over the Christmas and New Year period.

A three-vehicle crash in Kesgrave this afternoon caused a road to be blocked for more than two hours.

A prolific shoplifter’s 148th offence was exposed by a price tag hanging from his clothing.

The Ipswich Hospital Band along with the St Peter’s and Saints Community Bands were able to present the cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance after a successful festive period.

Everything had a monochrome feel in this week’s Suffolk iWitness challenge of black and white.

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