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General election 2017: The story of the night – six of the highlights in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 05:24 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:21 09 June 2017

The result is declared at the Ipswich count at the Corn Exchange
. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

The result is declared at the Ipswich count at the Corn Exchange . Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Copyright Ashley Pickering

It has been an extraordinary general election night, with a huge shock in Suffolk.

• At a glance: all the results from Suffolk and Essex

Candidates watch over the count.   
Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGCandidates watch over the count. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Labour takes Ipswich from the Tories

Undoubtedly the story of the night in Suffolk was Ben Gummer’s shock defeat in Ipswich. His majority of 3,733 from two years ago was wiped out by Labour’s Sandy Martin, who had a slim majority of 831.

Mr Martin accepted he had not expected to win when first selected to fight the seat “but as I started to talk to local people I got a real sense that they wanted change.”

There were very high turnouts across the county

Every constituency in Suffolk had a higher turnout than in the 2015 election. This was seen as being particularly important in Ipswich, as more young Labour voters took part.

Conservatives increase majority in Waveney

Labour had hoped to challenge Peter Aldous in Waveney, but it failed to materialise.

In fact, Mr Aldous, who has been MP since 2010, won the seat with 28,643 votes, increasing his majority on the 2015 result.

It was a good night for the other Tories in safe Suffolk seats

Labour's new Ipswich MP Sandy Martin gives a radio interview
. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGLabour's new Ipswich MP Sandy Martin gives a radio interview . Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

Every other seat in the county went as expected.

James Cartlidge remains South Suffolk MP

• Dan Poulter is Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP

• Therese Coffey is Suffolk Coastal MP

A general view of empty ballot boxes at the count. 
Picture: ASHLEY PICKERINGA general view of empty ballot boxes at the count. Picture: ASHLEY PICKERING

• Matt Hancock is West Suffolk MP

Jo Churchill is Bury St Edmunds MP

The UKIP vote collapsed in every seat

It was disastrous night for UKIP, and their votes from 2015 seemed to be split between Labour and the Tories in Ipswich, although in Waveney it seemed most went to the Tories.

The Lib Dems and Greens made little impact

The parties made little impression, and in some cases lost their deposit after failing to get 5% of the vote.

An Ipswich grandfather who was infected with two deadly diseases during the worst health scandal in NHS history is hoping the truth will be revealed after a major inquiry got underway.

AN HMRC office in Ipswich town centre is set to be saved from planned closure and retained as a specialist tax site, it has been revealed.

A garden centre was fined more than £100,000 after a member of staff was hurt when cleaning up hazardous chemicals.

Aspiring actors auditioned in the hope of landing the role of a lifetime alongside Stevi Ritchie and Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton in this year’s pantomime at the Ipswich Regent.

Two teenage boys have been accused of making up claims they were sexually assaulted by an Ipswich bar manager.

Rail services in Suffolk and Essex have been disrupted after a person was hit by a train.

A man who robbed staff at an Ipswich restaurant of cash has been jailed for 55 months.

Did you enjoy the party atmosphere at Yates on Saturday? Look through our photo gallery to see if we caught you or a friend on camera.

Water was the theme for our iWitness photographers this week, and they rose to the challenge with some fantastic photos.

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