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Ipswich MP felt let down

PUBLISHED: 23:16 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

IPSWICH MP Jamie Cann decided on his retirement date from the House of Commons because he felt let down by many people, his son told mourners at his memorial service.

IPSWICH MP Jamie Cann decided on his retirement date from the House of Commons because he felt let down by many people, his son told mourners at his memorial service.

Andrew Cann said his father was a Good Samaritan who would cross the road to help people who needed it.

"It hurt him a lot when, in recent years, he needed help many walked on by," said Andrew.

"He was never the same again. He lost faith in many people, he lost his sparkle and much of his resolve.

"He decided then when he was going to retire and began to make plans about what he was going to do after it all.

"It was tragic that in the end, worn down by years of service and by the injustices visited upon him, he didn't have the energy for one more fight."

Andrew said his father despised weakness in politicians, "Weakness derived from coveting power, position and favour about ability to use it.

"Weakness derived from vanity. Vain, weak politicians always choose the easy option. Well often the easy path is the wrong path – leading to bad decisions, the wrong decisions.

"I think all who met him in person would agree that my father was certainly not vain. He didn't covet power."

Andrew said the family had "loaned" his father to Ipswich.

"Jamie, as you knew him, was driven. Driven to change people's lives for the better. He knew he could make a difference, perhaps more difference than his contemporaries. So he loaned himself to the town and its people."

And the family was proud that much of the town stood as a monument to his father.

"Jamie Cann is in the very fabric of this town. I would argue that he has achieved more for the people of this town than that most famous son Cardinal Wolsey.

"Wolsey will be remembered for years to come for his achievements and sacrifice on the national stage.

"Some other adopted sons will be remembered for the sheer pleasure they have brought us – such as Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson.

"But for improving the lot of so many people in their day to day lives I think my father stands out. He is remembered in the buildings he left. In the campaigns he won. In the Party he loved.

"But mostly he is remembered indelibly in all out memories as a man who loved and cared for Ipswich."

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