Suffolk/Ipswich: Gummer set to stand and fight in Ipswich

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6:00 AM

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has dismissed suggestions he might be persuaded to abandon the town and fight the safe seat of South Suffolk at next year’s general election.

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Weekend speculation suggested there had been an attempt by members of the South Suffolk Conservative Association to persuade Mr Gummer to stand for their safe seat.

He is defending a majority of just over 2,000 in the highly-marginal Ipswich seat.

However Mr Gummer dismissed any suggestions of taking part in a “chicken-run” to a safer seat.

He said: “When I took a call about this (from a national newspaper) it was very unwelcome. I have made it quite clear I am fully committed to Ipswich and will do all I can to win another term.”

Mr Gummer was unanimously re-selected to fight the Ipswich seat again by the town’s Conservative Association last summer.

It comes after current South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo was deselected in a ballot of association members last month.

The vice-chairman of the South Suffolk Conservative Association, Simon Barrett, said none of the senior officers knew anything about any approach to Mr Gummer.

He said many people admired the work Mr Gummer had done in Ipswich and the way he had taken an active role in the town’s life – but it would not be right to expect him to change constituencies.

“The first thing we knew about this was when we read it in the Sunday paper. No one seems to know anything about it, it’s not a serious suggestion.”

South Suffolk agent Peter Burgoyne said party rules prevented an MP in one seat applying to stand for another – unless there were major changes to constituencies. There are no changes planned for next year’s election in Suffolk.

31 comments

  • A bad constituency MP...would be better starring in Adrian Mole: The Movie.

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Why is privatisation a bad thing? Socialism and the public sector is a contributory factor of the sorry mess this country is in now. Yes Thatcher did privatise, yet would you rather run a business that constantly makes a loss at the cost the the taxpayer??? I agree politics needs to change and regular people need to be involved. If you have never suffered adversity or challenges in life you have no experience or credibility to preach to others. Like I said before don't preach behind your computer screen, step outside and be counted and make a difference.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Sorry Esco, no offence intended. I am a straight talking woman who cares about Ipswich but I will not put up with nasty personal attacks, they are so unnecessary, I make no apology for being honest and succinct but sorry if you took the wrong way. This town needs Ben Gummer and I felt compelled to have my say.

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • He will soon be off to a safe seat when he loses, you can guarantee he won't hang about to fight it again. I voted for Mr Gummer last time but after the last five years I can't bring myself to do it again. As the saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you.....

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • @Stokeparkcllr, The reason Ben will lose this election is not down to the man he is but to the party he belongs. History shows http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiIpswich_%28UK_Parliament_constituency%29 that Ipswich only votes Tory to intermittently punish Labour. On the note of “democracy collapsing” by MP’s not adhering to a party whip, well, I’m sure our two (with occasional sprinkling of a third) party system could somehow survive MP’s risking their party’s funding to stand up for something they believe in. When Ben spoke about the tuition fee rise he gave an impassioned speech about how it would effect Ipswich, yet voted with the party. Maybe if he worried less about his long term career then he would get the votes, but I don't see any politician doing this any time soon.

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    Not my real name

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Why is privatisation a bad thing? Socialism and the public sector is a contributory factor of the sorry mess this country is in now. Yes Thatcher did privatise, yet would you rather run a business that constantly makes a loss at the cost the the taxpayer??? I agree politics needs to change and regular people need to be involved. If you have never suffered adversity or challenges in life you have no experience or credibility to preach to others. Like I said before don't preach behind your computer screen, step outside and be counted and make a difference.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Hopefully someone can defend Ben and tell me and the rest of Ipswich what he has actually done for Ipswich in this parliamentary term. I have to say I didn't like Chris Mole much but at least doing very little was better than nothing at all.I also don't recall Chris strengthening another constituency whilst allowing the one he is in control of to suffer because of it. 4 in 5 voting brits are a middle-class Tory now but I don't think it will be so easy in this general election.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Let me educate most of you and counterbalance your misplaced prejudice and inverted snobbery, if I may call it that. I suspect some of you are labour activists because that would be par for the course.. I don't mind opinion but please if you're going to accuse, then at least back it up with some evidence instead of plain insults on something you seem to know nothing about. So, let me enlighten you. Ben is passionate about Ipswich and works tirelessly. I knock on doors with him and residents continually tell me how much they think of Ben and how he has helped them. I am proud to campaign for him, as I enjoy listening to the many testimonials. Apart from the individual cases, he has done much for the town as a whole, for instance he has campaigned and won new heart and stroke unit in Ipswich hospital 2 new schools in Chantry and Holywells, £ 22 million for Ipswich transport, £35 million for Ipswich rail services. He has only recently taken over role with Gove - and before that worked with Justine Greening on important issues. Ben has invited hundreds of residents to Westminster, provided the transport, met them there and shown them around, giving an update on what he's been doing for the town. He attends hundreds of community events and knocks on doors to talk to residents about their issues. he holds a surgery in the town centre and is visible on a social level too like 'Ben in the Pub' nights. You have no excuses for not talking to him and finding out more about the man. He is not a 'posh' boy and has worked - what do you think he was doing before he became an MP? If you want to know more then contact him - his details are readily available, meet him, ask him what he's doing. He'd love to tell you.

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Much credit to Esco, since last general election I have not come across anyone anywhere willing to put their hands up and admit they voted Tory. It would have been irresponsible to have voted Labour too though.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Interested to learn about the investment Gummer is claiming he has won for East Suffolk. Thought some of our other MPs had already claimed the credit. I'm sure our local health minister will have had more influence in getting money spent on our hospital.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Ipswich hospital is in Bens constituency, not any other MPs. As I said he is always around so ask him. Re other comments, if every MP had a free vote on everything, nothing would ever get through and democracy would collapse. That's what a whip is for. Same thing happens at local level.

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Apart from supporting privatisation lets not forget that Gummer senior might well have had some questions to answer on expenses had anybody taken any interest during the Tory years. Not sure what junior has done except oppose a northern bypass and complain about IBC. Doesn't seem to compain about SCC and thier traffic schemes. Difficult to know why. Not sure how anyone could do a worse job. What have I missed?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Good on you Ben but I won't be backing you and I doubt anyone else associated with education will as you simply don't care. Perhaps act like you are concerned in your next letter regarding concerns about the way education is going - just a tip.

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    IpswichResident

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I bet most of the pro gummer comments have been removed by this labour rag sheet

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    pandy

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Is Stokeparkcllr really a councillor? If so what a horrible person they are coming across as. Their first post opens with patronisation and insults and that theme carries on through all their posts.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Unfortunate choice of picture...

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    ipswichLAD

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Stokeparkcllr defends the status quo and or flawed system. That is why politics and politicians are held in such low regard. Perhaps heshe can justify why we need so many of them if they simply vote as they are instructed by the real decision maker. However you dress this up it is not democratic. The system of whipping is anti-democratic and centralising - which also appears to be Government policy

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    peter sadler

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Our obsequious councillor is doing his grubby task. I am surprised the EADT allows his tacky party political broadcast. During a serious discussion about Ipswich Hospital, Gummerkins was out of his depth and struggling, having been asked to stand in for Dan Poulter. 'That was a real hospital pass' guffawed our bespectacled, redheaded hero, obviously not taking the job too seriously. He was the only one to laugh. The patients involved in the discussion no doubt noted his arrogance and lack of interest in and understanding of the issues being raised. He's good at door-knocking though and entertaining punters in London.

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    Rita WAG

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • A bad constituency MP...would be better starring in Adrian Mole: The Movie.

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Yes Pandy I have often wondered that myself. Re the whip. If a party promises something to the electorate and it is in the manifesto, it is no good if some members disagree and vote against the whip. Democracy would collapse. When you are part of a group, be it in politics or in any team, the majority rules when it comes to taking action. That is democracy, There would be chaos without it and I'd like you to come up with a better solution please! Lets hear it...There are plenty of times when we have a free vote, and we can exercise our preference, esp if its representing our residetns in our wards. i have often voted aginst my group if I think my ward will suffer. The Labour group never do this - always united - but conservatives do. Ben HAS voted against his party, has lobbied the PM and other cabinet members behind the scenes - he doesn't need to wait until PM question time, that's just lip service with questions being submitted beforehand, and again I ask you to speak to him if you want to know more on this. As for Rita - I will not dignify your atrocious drivel with a response.

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Sayinf in his head. "Right that the way out of here once I lose."

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Talentless individual unfit for a proper job, so trades off family name. Disrespectful to constituents to have a privileged layabout representing them. East Suffolk voters in general seem rather unquestioning when it comes to choosing an MP. How did this bloke get in? And staggeringly how did Ms 'expenses' Coffey do likewise down the road? Voters, think for yourselves! Stop doing what your Dad did.

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    Rita WAG

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Why is privatisation a bad thing? Socialism and the public sector is a contributory factor of the sorry mess this country is in now. Yes Thatcher did privatise, yet would you rather run a business that constantly makes a loss at the cost the the taxpayer??? I agree politics needs to change and regular people need to be involved. If you have never suffered adversity or challenges in life you have no experience or credibility to preach to others. Like I said before don't preach behind your computer screen, step outside and be counted and make a difference.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Little Ben to "stand and fight" ?, I would say he has never ever had to fight for anything in his life !, born with a 'silver spoon' in his mouth !, public paying private school, uni, all supported by his Dad, whom as part of the thatcher cabinet, sold us all down the river of Privatisation !!, People of Ipswich, if you really want change, turn out and vote in May 2015, make sure these 'posh' little boys from wealthy families do not have another chance to ruin our country !!

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Because I will always attack bad behaviour, but I do not attack people, only their words or behaviour. This is who I am, always have been and always will be. Being a councillor doesn't change my values or how those values manifest themselves. I loathe prejudice and nasty personal attacks and feel totally justified in standing up against them.

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Local MPs are just 'lobby-fodder'. They answer to party bigwigs not their constituents and vote as instructed. This current version of democracy is neither democratic nor relevant to normal people.

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    peter sadler

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • @Stokeparkcllr... If Ben Gummer really supported and represented the people of Ipswich, I would have heard him at Prime Ministers Question Time saying to Cameron "that Ipswich people are fed up with the ancient Road Infrastructure and particularly when the Orwell Bridge is closed, Ipswich becomes completely 'gridlocked' !, "we need the money NOW for a 'Northern Relief Road" ?, unfortunately that will not happen, because little ben, just like his father is more interested in furthering his own career in the Tory party !, so not upsetting the 'leader' !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I wasn't aware I would only be welcome at the hospital in my constituency. I thought Ipswich was there for everyone East of Stowmarket and South of Lowestoft.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Thank you for replying. You say you won't tolerate personal attacks yet counter them with a general attack on posters and almost accuse them of being Labour activists. You then chastise people for not providing evidence and continue by providing none apart from an anecdotal account of your own experience.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Ben may or may not be the person for the job long term, however a Labour MP would simply do more damage! Labour have destroyed the country over the past ten years and they are gradually destroying this town with their council leadership. If you want a dilapidated town with unsavories floating around living off benefits, and a town centre full of more pound shops vote Labour. Perhaps those with such great ideas who take the time to comment on here would like to attend council meetings and share their wisdom?! at least that way you could actually make this town a better place to live.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • brought up in London, attended public school in Kent and then Oxbridge. Perfectly qualified for this Government but not to represent me.

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    peter sadler

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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