LibDems set to choose candidate

IPSWICH'S General Election line-up is set to be completed this week when the town's Liberal Democrat candidate is chosen.With election fever gripping the nation and the possibility of Gordon Brown calling a snap poll, the Lib Dems are the only major party in the town not to have decided who they would like to challenge current Labour MP Chris Mole.

IPSWICH'S General Election line-up is set to be completed this week when the town's Liberal Democrat candidate is chosen.

With election fever gripping the nation and the possibility of Gordon Brown calling a snap poll, the Lib Dems are the only major party in the town not to have decided who they would like to challenge current Labour MP Chris Mole.

Mr Mole is set to stand for parliament again while the Tories have chosen 29-year-old Ben Gummer, son of Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer, as their candidate.

Richard Atkins, former leader of Ipswich Council's Lib Dem group, said a decision on the party's candidate will be taken at a selection meeting to be held this week.


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He said: “It is a question of arranging a venue and getting notices out to members to invite them along.”

So far only one Lib Dem, the borough council group's new leader Andrew Cann, has publicly announced that he will put himself forward for selection.

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However it is understood at least one other member will throw their hat in the ring, meaning an election will have to take place.

Mr Atkins stood as the Lib Dem candidate at the last General Election in 2005 when the party finished third with 8,464 votes - close to 10,000 behind Chris Mole.

Despite that result Mr Atkins said he believes the new candidate will be able to challenge for victory.

He said: “The swing we need to see can happen. More and more people are getting tired of Labour.”

Talk of a snap election has been growing for the past few weeks with Labour enjoying a healthy lead in the polls.

The situation, labelled the "Brown bounce", fuelled speculation he may call a snap poll to capitalise.

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