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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.

A 52-year-old Ipswich man banned from entering the town centre for three years will now spend several weeks behind bars.

Drivers are being held up at a busy town centre junction this evening.

A Suffolk choir’s charity single for St Elizabeth Hospice is rocketing up the chart as it aims to be this week’s number one.

Bosses at the borough in Ipswich are hoping to hear good news from the Chancellor in Wednesday’s budget when it comes to building new council homes.

Murder, rape and drug driving offences are among more than 200 cases in Suffolk and Norfolk where convictions could be jeopardised due to suspected manipulation of forensic evidence.

A weather warning for strong winds across the region has been issued.

One evening in 1956, four music legends gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for an impromptu but historic jam session and the story of that night is rockin’ the Regent this week as hit musical Million Dollar Quartet comes to town.

An ambulance on blue lights crashed into a road sign on a slip road off the A14 in Suffolk last night.

This Friday, November 24, is the day some bargain hunters wait all year for - Black Friday. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the discount day.

Concerns have been raised over how a new set of roadworks in Nacton Road lasting almost five weeks will impact Christmas shopping in Ipswich town centre.

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