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UKIP selects candidate to fight Ipswich at election

09:00 12 January 2015

UKIP candidate Maria Vigneau.

UKIP candidate Maria Vigneau.

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The United Kingdom Independence Party has selected a former director with the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche to fight Ipswich in May’s general election.

Maria Vigneau is hoping to cause a major upset by defeating sitting Tory MP Ben Gummer and Labour’s David Ellesmere to win the marginal seat.

She was selected at a meeting of UKIP members in Ipswich last week.

Ms Vigneau lives at Dedham on the Suffolk/Essex border and said she became interested in the party after seeing how a country like Switzerland could have a productive relationship with the European Union while not being a member of the organisation.

She said: “I lived and worked in Switzerland for 10 years in Basle and it was a fantastic experience. It gave me the chance to see first hand how well the relationship could work.”

She joined UKIP last year after returning to Britain, and the general election will be the first time she has stood for office.

Ms Vigneau was brought up on a council estate and said she felt her experience in communications and public relations would enable her to work well with the town’s residents.

And despite the seat being a traditional Labour/Conservative marginal, she was confident of causing an upset: “I would not have put my name forward for the seat if I did not think I could win,” she said.

At the 2010 general election UKIP came fourth in Ipswich with 1,365 votes – just under 3% of the votes cast.

The party is expected to do better this time – it finished top in the European poll in Ipswich last May but came third in the borough elections held on the same day, failing to win any councillors.

Ms Vigneau is the fourth candidate to be selected to fight the seat. As well as Mr Gummer and Mr Ellesmere, Barry Broom has been selected as the Green candidate for the election on May 7.

18 comments

  • Bah!! I can't vote for her! I am in Dan Poulter's constituency so I'll have to vote for UKIP there but the candidate is not as pretty as Ms Vigneau. Oh well, you can't have everything. Vote UKIP!!

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • Don't do it, Turtill! You'll only lose another deposit. Go out on the streets and campaign for the lovely Ms Vigneau. You know it makes sense.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • I am also standing again as an Independent.

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    Peter Turtill

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Ipswich entrepreneur , I don't think we need to leave the EU , We need to stop the EU ( or should i say GERMANY ) from governing our country ,, what's the point in having a government if we have to do what they say

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    Roadrunner

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • She'll get my vote. Good luck Maria Vigneau. We don't want any more of David Ellesmere or Ben Bummer.

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    RC

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • It's more of a protest vote Esco. . She can do no worse than the two plonkers already in charge, the mess they have made of this town has been a strong topic on here... and if she backs a northern by pass she's on a winner.

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    deeber

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • You are deluded if you think she will get anywhere near winning. UKIP will only have about five seats nationally at the most, not enough to matter in a hung parliament.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Being a good UKIP lady I'm sure the back of her fridge is spotless. Ms Vigneau has got to be worth a vote if only so we can see the look on Geater's face on 8th May.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Ukip polled 20% in Ipswich a couple of months ago + Ukip have momentum. This is a 3 horse race despite what Geater says.

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    RobbieS

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Under the last Labour government, house prices tripled and council tax doubled. Those getting a mortgage or paying rent are left permanently poor. Labour don't have a clue. Cons keep an open border to criminals and beggars and anyone who can get here. Only Ukip has a sensible immigration policy, which will ease pressure on schools, the NHS, congestion, housing etc. I'm with you Maria.

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    RobbieS

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Has my vote anything to get that little baby ben gummer out who do northing for this town and just keep sending the same old things in the post he never tell the truth at what he say.uki.And for you mr geater you just on ben gummer side and said know one else will dare to take ben gummer on and david so what you going to say now.

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    chris betts

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • If she stood as an Independent, she would probably have my (protest) vote. I bet it was a bitter pill to swallow for her joining UKIP so she didn't have to worry about losing a deposit. UKIP has a reputation but Tory voting Ipswich could do far worse (like they did this time). We need to leave the EU, however, UKIP isn't the answer. The problem when there isn't any suitable candidate to vote for...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Ukip policy is for a free NHS and both Ukip MPs recently voted against a privatisation bill. Do no believe Labour's lies.

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    RobbieS

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • A vote for UKIP spells the end for the NHS, be careful who you vote for.

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    clowe

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • This lady ticks more boxes than 3or4 from the other parties.Good luck Maria

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    Mike Walker

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • So Mr Gummer said one thing done another and very untrustworthy sounds just like Cameron. He could go right to the top of the tory hierarchy just like his YES man dad.

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    saxon

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • At last ...I was destined to vote for Mr ellsemere as I thought he was the better of the two clowns on offer ... had dealings with Mr gummer very untrustworthy. ..said one thing did another...fancy a change.

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    deeber

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Does she need a 'Campaign' manager ?, she can have my services !

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    freedomf

    Monday, January 12, 2015

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