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Top Lib Dem in town

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

TOP Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor was today trying to persuade Ipswich voters to cause a major upset at this month's by-election.

The party's treasury spokesman was in town to try to emphasise the party's commitment to pensioners.

TOP Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor was today trying to persuade Ipswich voters to cause a major upset at this month's by-election.

The party's treasury spokesman was in town to try to emphasise the party's commitment to pensioners.

And he said if they elected Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, voters would give the town a distinctive voice in the House of Commons.

"Another Labour MP will just be swallowed up in Parliament, and another Conservative MP would be just as ineffective as the rest of his party," he said.

"But if Ipswich had a Liberal Democrat MP, it would have a distinctive voice in Parliament – someone who will really fight for the town's interests."

Mr Taylor visited the Woodbridge Road Co-op to emphasise the Liberal Democrat pledge to increase pensions.

The party would increase the basic single pension by £5 a week. It would give £10 a week extra for those over 75, and £15 a week extra for those over 80.

It was a policy which found support from 81-year-old Harry Last, of Ludlow Close, who met Mr Taylor.

"We are finding that pensions are a key issue on the doorsteps," said Mrs Munt. "It is a scandal that 40,000 people a year die of cold-related conditions – that isn't the case in other European countries."

Conservative candidate Paul West got his campaign off to an energetic start by visiting several different areas of the town.

And Labour candidate Chris Mole was today busy with meetings in London.

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