New era for Ipswich as Mole is ousted

IPSWICH has a new MP today as Conservative Ben Gummer beat Chris Mole by just over 2,000 votes after a marathon count.

Mr Gummer becomes the town’s third Tory MP since the war – and has the largest majority of any Conservative victor ever in the town.

After winning the seat he pledged to continue to take a major role in the fight to protect and develop the hospital.

He said: “I shall work hard to ensure that we get a hospital foundation trust here in Ipswich and to ensure that health services here are expanded in future years.”

Mr Gummer also pledged to work hard to improve infrastructure around the town – and to improve schools in Ipswich.

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Fighting back the tears as he left the Corn Exchange, Mr Mole pledged that the Labour Party would continue to work for the people of the town.

He said: “I have had the great privilege to have represented this town for nine years in the House of Commons. Labour will be back in Ipswich and will continue to represent all those who need it during what may be difficult times ahead.”

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Full result from Ipswich:

Dennis Boater BNP 1,270

Kim Christophi - Christian Party 149

Mark Dyson - Lib Dem 8,556

Timothy Glover - Green 775

Ben Gummer - Con 18,371

Chris Mole - Lab 16,292

Chris Streatfield - UKIP 1,365

Peter Turtill - Ind 93

Sally Wainman - Ind 70

Majority: 2,079

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