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A tales of two moles in the bi-election

PUBLISHED: 01:25 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Labour Party agent John Mowles would like everyone to know that he ISN'T standing for parliament.

He's a well-known political figure in the town - but he has no ambition to swap the council chamber at the Corn Exchange for the green benches of the House of Commons.

IPSWICH Labour Party agent John Mowles would like everyone to know that he ISN'T standing for parliament.

He's a well-known political figure in the town – but he has no ambition to swap the council chamber at the Corn Exchange for the green benches of the House of Commons.

The confusion has arisen because the local party chose Chris MOLE as their candidate – and many people think they're the same person.

"I've had a lot of people coming up to me thinking I'm standing," Mr Mowles told me. "I have to put them right quickly."

In fact he is taking early retirement as party agent at the end of the year, so if Mr Mole is elected, we won't have Mowles working with Mole for too long.

"The funniest thing was when we were campaigning together in Gainsborough the other day," Mr Mowles told me.

"One chap told Chris he was Labour all his life, but wouldn't be voting for him because he had closed the airport.

"I pointed out that it hadn't been him that had closed the airport, it had been me!

"The chap seemed happy about that and I think we saved the vote," Mr Mowles said.

Meanwhile on the day that Harry Potter mania hit the country, Ipswich Labour Party launched their own big production – Chris Mole, the Movie.

Former cabinet minister Frank Dobson – the man who saved the Bartlett Hospital in Felixstowe after the campaign spearheaded by Jamie Cann and The Evening Star – will be launching a video movie that will be sent to homes in the town.

It introduces the candidate and tells people about him. Mr Dobson was in town to launch it complete with popcorn and other movie trappings.

It's good to have a movie premiere in Ipswich – but I'm not convinced that it will rival the 11-year-old wizard in the popularity stakes!

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