Positive Vision for Ipswich – a Review

When Ben Gummer was re-elected in 2015, just two years ago, he promised the people of Ipswich that he would work hard for them, especially in the six areas he put forward in his “Positive Vision for Ipswich”. Here, Spy reviews the six areas and how much progress there has been made towards each, and what challenges there will be in the election.   The … Continue reading Positive Vision for Ipswich – a Review

Gummer launches campaign to re-elect

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer took time off from writing the Tory manifesto to launch his own campaign for re-election, along with MP colleagues from across Suffolk, over the weekend. Mr Gummer launched his campaign while other parties were still scrambling to find a candidate, such was the surprise at the calling of a General Election despite repeated rejections of the idea by the Prime Minister. … Continue reading Gummer launches campaign to re-elect

Could Tories scrap 0.7% foreign aid target?

One of the key pledges made by the Tories under David Cameron was a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid, becoming just the sixth country to meet the target since it was set by the UN General Assembly in 1970. The pledge, which was always hated by the right wing of the Tory Party, was part of Cameron’s plan to detoxify the … Continue reading Could Tories scrap 0.7% foreign aid target?

Carswell quits Clacton, voting Conservative

Douglas Carswell MP has sensationally announced that he will not be standing as a candidate in the General Election – and will be voting for Conservatives on June 8th, pledging to support whoever the Conservatives select to fight his current seat of Clacton. Having quit UKIP just weeks ago, and facing a challenge from Arron Banks, the moneybags former UKIP donor, Mr Carswell was rumoured … Continue reading Carswell quits Clacton, voting Conservative

Basham up for the fight

The East Anglian Daily Times confirmed last night that Jane Basham is one of the potential Labour candidates for Ipswich, after she allowed her name to go forward to the party’s regional executives. Ms Basham, who beat Tim Passmore on first preference votes in the 2012 PCC election, only to lose out on second preferences, stood for the Labour Party in South Suffolk two years … Continue reading Basham up for the fight