Suffolk: Jack Abbott, 23, selected as Labour candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in General Election

Labour's General Election candidate Jack Abbott with Labour leader Ed Miliband Labour's General Election candidate Jack Abbott with Labour leader Ed Miliband

Sunday, January 12, 2014
3:21 PM

One of the youngest Parliamentary candidates has been selected to stand for Labour in a Suffolk constituency.

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Jack Abbott, 23, has been selected as Labour’s General Election candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich by local members of the Labour Party this weekend.

He said: “It’s a great honour to have been selected to be Labour’s General Election candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, a place I’ve lived for 10 years.

“People in our communities are facing a cost-of-living crisis with prices rising faster than wages and above inflation rail increases hitting local people hard while the Tory-led Government is standing by doing nothing.

“Only One Nation Labour will freeze energy bills and reform the energy market, making an immediate difference to families and their cost-of-living.”

Mr Abbott added: “I will fight the damage being done by this Tory-led Government and I will always do the right thing for the towns and villages of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.”

The seat of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is currently held by Conservative Dr Dan Poulter.

22 comments

  • I agree with others, politicians need to have life experience. Too many politicians haven't.

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    waspie

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • penfold - not defending Labour, just saying that this iswas a global scandal that they cannot be continually held solely accountable for. It's not Brown's fault that US Banks offered toxic sub-prime mortgages for huge bonuses etc. is it? And all I see from this Tory government, even 3 years in, is to continually blame the previous regime whilst offering no solution other than to punish the already impoverished.

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    paul e.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Good luck to him. Unfortunately, I don't fancy his chances while Miliband is still leading the party.

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    Robotix

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • So should this be a golden opportunity for the LibDems to move in and pick up the more left-wing voters?

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • To young, an MP needs to be experienced in life and work in my opinion. You want you're MP to understand how life is for the common man and I don't care what anyone says at 23 you can't understand. Looks like Dr Dan will be happy as it's odds on now to have another term in office. Labour's a joke anyway it's just full of privately educated millionaire's, whatever happened to the working class hey!!!

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    mr_tall

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Poppys dad - Labour's mess? How so? This was a global banking scandal for which those responsible have never been held truly to account. As for the Tories fixing it, do me a favour. Growth is up, yes, but on the back of what? Nothing. They've certainly not 'fixed' the banks. And the continuing 'solution' seems to be to punishpenaliseblame the poor and the destitute. Nice. That said, the young man in question has no chance of getting in in that constituency where, normally, a sheep died blue would stand more chance than a Labour candidate. If UKIP put up a candidate, that might be a different story.

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    paul e.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Is he another intern product of the Westminster bubble? No experience of life and the great outdoors.

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    dinosaur detective

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Sorry but he has not got a chance ! Think UKIP will get more votes! The reason for having some so young is down to Tony Blair and his policy of allowing only people who are degree educated to stand as an MP ! Apparently Life experience does not count ! personally would prefer some one with experience than some one who is just out of uni! Paul E the mess we are in is in part down to Labour the IMF warned the government back in 2005 and Gordon Brown denied it and said the IMF were wrong ! Gordon Brown also sold of a lot of the nations gold reserve ! So I am afraid the reason we are in this mess is in part down to labour ! Although the current regime is not doing it self any favours either ! They are all as bad each other !

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    penfold the mole

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • No mention of Immigration or the Northern by Pass, so already experienced in dodging the issues. Another wanabe politician who has no hope and is just like the rest of them.

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    a west

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • A deluded young man merely flogging the party line. Someone of his age has not suffered the adversity and challenges that would make him a credible candidate. A front man trying to bring a new young approach to old failing policies. Good luck! I would never vote for you.

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    Rory Breaker

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Who he? Ed.

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    trevorwoolnough

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • No chance , looks like Miilibands son ! To vote for a 23 year old as your MP is mad , whoever the 23 year old is . What experience does he bring ? Anyway better than the 19 year old Matthew Percy ! He says he will fight against the Tory Government's damage ? They are putting right Labours mess !

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    Poppys Dad

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Yawn Yawn same old sound bites 'one nation' ' cost of living crisis' I think he forgot to mention the 'bedroom tax' Nothing about the cheapest mortgages in years, I wonder why? Never mind I think he's got more chance in getting 6 numbers on the lottery than being elected.

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    Gazzer 1999

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Ignore the negative comments above Jack. Good to see some young blood in local politics, as well as someone who lives in the heart of the constituency. Certainly it'll be an uphill task to make substantial inroads into the Tory majority but everyone has to start somewhere. For too long the Tories have taken their Suffolk voters for granted and UKIP offer no solutions beyond self-pity, as evidenced by many of the above comments.

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    Andrew Watson

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Never heard of the man ,bet UKP gets more votes than him no real policy's same old rubbish said week after week by Miliband

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    pandy

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • 23 years old , just what is this child gonna bring to the table?. Privately educated?.. Cannon fodder,

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    soulboy

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • The article doesn't tell us anything about him apart from his age, and this does look a bit like another press release. If he wins Central Suffolk he's a political genius! Looks like he's contesting Central Suffolk to get campaign experience before being shoehorned into a winnable seat at a by-election. Where did this "One Nation Labour" come from?

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    BigGeoff

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Since when does age = decent values & good life experiences? At 23 he could know a lot more about bringing important issues to the table than some old farts who claim to be politicians!

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    Mumofthree

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I don't know what he's looking so pleased about. He's got no chance of being elected in the Tory heartland of Central Suffolk.

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    PC Plod

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • penfold - not defending Labour, just saying that this iswas a global scandal that they cannot be continually held solely accountable for. It's not Brown's fault that US Banks offered toxic sub-prime mortgages for huge bonuses etc. is it? And all I see from this Tory government, even 3 years in, is to continually blame the previous regime whilst offering no solution other than to punish the already impoverished.

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    paul e.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • A deluded young man merely flogging the party line. Someone of his age has not suffered the adversity and challenges that would make him a credible candidate. A front man trying to bring a new young approach to old failing policies. Good luck! I would never vote for you.

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    Rory Breaker

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Because the one thing we need more of in Parliament is party apparatchiks with no experience of life in the real world.

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    beerlover

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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