Tories lead in Suffolk poll

A NATIONAL drop in support for the Labour government is mirrored across Ipswich and Suffolk an Evening Star poll has suggested.Beset by blunders and scandal, Gordon Brown's government is rapidly falling out of favour with voters across the UK.

A NATIONAL drop in support for the Labour government is mirrored across Ipswich and Suffolk an Evening Star poll has suggested.

Beset by blunders and scandal, Gordon Brown's government is rapidly falling out of favour with voters across the UK.

Labour's dizzying plummet in the polls has been prompted by a trio of calamities involving £30billion in emergency loans to Northern Rock, the loss of around 25 million people's bank details and the recent disclosure of dodgy donations.

A poll last week showed the opposition Tory party has moved into a 13-point lead - their biggest advantage for almost two decades and enough for a 64-seat majority in the House of Commons.


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That kind of advantage seems to be mirrored in Suffolk with a poll on the Star's website showing the Conservatives (36.5 per cent) to have an 11-point lead over Labour (25.6 pc).

Even more worrying for Labour is the news that Star readers place the Liberal Democrats, (24.1 pc), just one-and-a-half points behind the party of government.

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The news is likely to concern current Ipswich MP Chris Mole who regained his seat in 2005 with a majority of 5,332.

If the Star poll is a reflection of sentiment among the town's electorate it would mean Mr Mole losing the seat to Tory parliamentary candidate Ben Gummer.

Mr Mole said: “I think inevitably when the government has had a difficult period with a number of issues it's going to be hard for the party of government to sustain its popularity.

“I still believe the fundamentals of economic prosperity are still right and have every confidence that things will recover in the months to come.

“I think in Ipswich, any candidate from any party is foolish to do anything other than believe that they have to fight tooth and nail for every vote.”

Elsewhere in the county the poll results will sure up the confidence of Conservative MPs John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal), David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds) and Sir Michael Lord (Central Suffolk) who all occupy traditionally “safe” Tory seats.

Party votes percentage share

Conservative 377 36.5pc

Green 44 4.26pc

Labour 264 25.6pc

Liberal Democrat 249 24.1pc

UKIP 48 4.7pc

Other 50 4.8pc

Total 1,032

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