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
Copyright Ashley Pickering
It has been an extraordinary general election night, with a huge shock in Suffolk.
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
Every other seat in the county went as expected.
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.