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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 PICKERING Candidates 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 PICKERING Labour'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 PICKERING A 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.

One of the biggest care homes in Ipswich is closing, health chiefs have announced.

A Felixstowe man brandished a pruning saw during a late night fight with neighbours at a block of flats in the town, a court has heard.

Plans have been lodged to knock down a derelict former pub in Ipswich and give the land a new lease of life as flats.

Forecasters are predicting a cold start to the beginning of March as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.

An Ipswich burglar will be sentenced next month after going on a “drive round” with police to identify other properties he has broken into.

Suffolk County Council has set out challenging new targets for schools as part of the renewal of the Raising The Bar project for another two years.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

The first new suburban trains for Greater Anglia’s services in Essex and as far as Ipswich are now taking shape in Bombardier’s factory in Derby.

A Thorndon charity providing activity clubs for children with disabilities is recruiting its next round of volunteers ahead of its 40th anniversary this summer.

An Ipswich care provider which helps support people with complex needs in their homes has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating by a health watchdog after a catalogue of issues were found.

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