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Election 2015/Gallery: Dan Poulter wins majority of more than 20,000 with Central Suffolk and North Ipswich win

PUBLISHED: 07:02 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 08 May 2015

The 2015 election count for south Suffolk, central Suffolk and north Ipswich gets underway.
Dr Dan Poulter, Conservative Party candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency.

The 2015 election count for south Suffolk, central Suffolk and north Ipswich gets underway. Dr Dan Poulter, Conservative Party candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency.

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Dan Poulter has won a massive majority of more than 20,000 for the Tories holding Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

The result for the constituency further cements the seat as one of the safest for the Tories anywhere in the country.

He won 30,317 votes, up from 2010’s figure of 27,125. Dr Poulter, who first became an MP five year ago, said: “I would like to thank my friends and family and all my team who have worked tirelessly hard during the campaign, also my mother and agent.

“It’s a huge privilege to have served as MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich; it’s a huge privilege to do so in such a fantastic part of the country and so it is good for me to continue to do it.

“I thank you very much for your support and I will continue to do my very best for the people of Suffolk.”

The moment Dan Poulter was elected with 30,317 votes.The moment Dan Poulter was elected with 30,317 votes.

Labour’s Jack Abbott, 24, fighting in his first campaign came second with 10,173 votes. He said he was “really pleased” with the result which saw him increase the Labour vote from 2010’s figure by 1,537 votes – from 8,636 to 10,173.

“I am really pleased and proud of the campaign we ran which was very positive,” he said.

“It’s been really touching to be supported by this number of people. It is a challenging seat but I am pleased with what we have done and I thank Dan for fighting a fair campaign and I wish him the best of luck in future.”

UKIP’s vote rose by 5,098 votes – from 2010’s 2,361 to 7,459. Mark Cole said he was happy with the outcome considering UKIP had invested “£800-900” in the campaign for the seat and only had a team eight people supporting him.

“We’re really pleased; we only had a small team of people out their knocking on doors and handing out leaflets and we have still managed to raise the votes from where it was at about 2,500,” he said.

“I think with more resources and better organisation we would do a lot of better.”

The Liberal Democrats’ vote collapsed from second place and 13,339 votes in 2010 to 3,314 and fourth position this year.

Before the result candidate Jon Neal joked that he did not want to come last behind the English Democrats.

He insisted the party’s leadership made the right decision when going into a coalition government with the Tories in 2010.

Mr Neal said: “It’s been a pretty bad night for the Liberal Democrats and I am not surprised that the result reflected the national picture. Five years ago we made the decision to go into coalition – putting the national interest above the party to help sort out the mess that was left and bring stability to the economy.

“I think it was the right decision...we had 57 MPs in 2010 and we will now be lucky to get into double figures, it is a crushing blow to us.”

The Greens increased their votes from 1,452 in 2010 to 2,664 this time. Candidate Rhodri Griffiths said the party was moving in the right direction by increasing its vote share and number of local councillors.

He added: “It’s about us building a power base in councils and providing opposition. We should get a few councillors in the local elections. I am happy that we are due to get two MPs.”

English Democrats candidate Tony Holyoak got 162 votes.

FULL RESULT

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich: Dan Poulter (C) 30,317, Jack Abbott (L) 10,173, Mark Cole (UKIP) 7,459, Jon Neal (LD) 3,314, Rhodri Griffiths (Gn) 2,664, Tony Holyoak 162 (ED); Maj: 20,144, Turnout: 70.7%, No change.

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