An east Suffolk Conservative Club could be closing in a week's time, according to a member who is part of a bid to try and save the institution.

The committee member, who did not wish to be named, claimed that Felixstowe Conservative Club in High Road West was set to close its doors for the final time on Friday, March 8 after the club's current chair refused to step down.

Speculation has been mounting that the club is struggling financially and had suffered a decline in numbers visiting the premises.

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The member said a new committee had been formed to take over the running of the club, which had been promised a loan by the Association of Conservative Clubs (ACC) to pay off some debts and keep the club running.

Charles Littlewood, the ACC's deputy chief executive, said he anticipated further news in the forthcoming days.

The Felixstowe club member said: "The chairman has been open and told members he does not want to keep the club open as he has no interest in it.

"But he is refusing to step down so a new committee can potentially save the Conservative club which will be superb for the town of Felixstowe to stay open.

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He called for either a Special General Meeting (SGM) or an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held to discuss the club's future.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, who is a Conservative, has also spoken of her "concern" about the situation.

She said: "I'm concerned to hear about this and would encourage the member to contact me directly."

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The ACC's deputy chief executive added: "Whilst we cannot provide a running commentary, we are hopeful of a positive resolution to the club’s current difficulties which will secure the long term future of the club."

The members club offers snooker, darts and pool, as well as function rooms available for events, including celebrations and conferences.