2015 Result:
Conservative: 21794 (44.8%)
Labour: 18061 (37.1%)
Lib Dem: 1400 (2.9%)
Green: 1736 (3.6%)
UKIP: 5703 (11.7%)
MAJORITY: 3733 (7.7%)

Category: Marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Suffolk. Part of the Ipswich council area.

Main population centres: Ipswich.

Profile: The county town of Suffolk, a working port siuation at the south-east of the county. The waterfront area has seen significant redevelopment over recent decades, including the building of University Campus Suffolk. The boundary of the seat is drawn quite tightly around urban Ipswich, with many of the town`s suburbs to the north and east falling into the neighbouring seats and excluding some of the more Conservative-leaning areas of the town.

Politics: This is a marginal seat that has changed hands many times over the decades. The most Labour inclined seat in Suffolk, it has been held by the party for the majority of its post war history, with brief periods of Conservative representation between 1970-1974 and 1987-1992. It was won by the Conservatives in 2010.

Current MP
BEN GUMMER (Conservative) Born 1978, London, son of John Selwyn Gummer, the former cabinet minister. Educated at Tonbridge School and Cambridge University. Former Managing Director of the family firm. First elected as MP for Ipswich in 2010. PPS to Alan Duncan 2012-2013, PPS to Michael Gove 2013-2014. Junior health minister since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 18371 (39%)
Lab: 16292 (35%)
LDem: 8556 (18%)
UKIP: 1365 (3%)
Oth: 2357 (5%)
MAJ: 2079 (4%)
Con: 13004 (31%)
Lab: 18336 (44%)
LDem: 8464 (20%)
UKIP: 1134 (3%)
Oth: 940 (2%)
MAJ: 5332 (13%)
Con: 11871 (31%)
Lab: 19952 (51%)
LDem: 5904 (15%)
UKIP: 624 (2%)
Oth: 522 (1%)
MAJ: 8081 (21%)
Con: 15045 (31%)
Lab: 25484 (53%)
LDem: 5881 (12%)
Oth: 315 (1%)
MAJ: 10439 (22%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
BEN GUMMER (Conservative) See above.
DAVID ELLESMERE (Labour) Born Yorkshire. Educated at Sussex university. Senior software developer. Ipswich councillor 1995-1999 and since 2002. Leader of Ipswich council since 2011.
CHIKA AKINWALE (Liberal Democrat)
MARIA VIGNEAU (UKIP) Educated at Nottingham University. Former director of a pharmaceauticals company.
BARRY BROOM (Green) Born Ipswich. Software developer.
Comments - 257 Responses on “Ipswich”
  1. Ex-law lecturer and former Lib Dem agent Julian Myerscough has been sentenced in his absence to 3 and a half years in prison for possession of child porn images, as well as for breaching a sex Asbo for the same offence he committed in 2010.

    Originally from Bolton, he fled Ipswich Crown Court just prior to sentencing and caught a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where the Garda arrested him before he could catch a flight to Budapest.

    The ex-criminal law lecturer used his knowledge to launch a series of appeals against extradition overt the next 2 years. Unfortunately the High Court in Dublin misinterpreted the law and released him last month before he could be sent back to the UK. The Judge made clear that the time spent in custody in Dublin would not necessarily be taken into consideration once he is caught.

  2. Lab hold

  3. Lab hold here would be unexpected, but I guess Lab must be doing reasonably well somewhere if they are getting 34-36% in a few recent polls.

  4. Apparently Sandy Martin has been an unpopular mp.

  5. This could be one of the tightest seats on the night although Labour should be helped by the Brexit Party who should pick up a fair few votes in a wwc Brexit seat like this

  6. Labour sources think Ipswich is very close but recent violence in the town makes then think Tory gain.

  7. “Apparently Sandy Martin has been an unpopular mp.”

    I wonder if that’s true, and if it was, why. I didn’t hear much about him during his two years in parliament. In his concession speech he really hit out though.

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