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 to write Tory ‘May’nifesto

Ipswich Tory MP Ben Gummer, who sits in Cabinet, is at the heart of a team writing the Tory election manifesto, the FT reveals. Describing Mr Gummer as “a moderate, pro-European who has earned the trust of Mrs May,” the FT explains how he will draft the Tories manifesto – which Theresa May hopes will consign those elements of Cameroon Conservativism to history. Given Mr … Continue reading Gummer to write Tory ‘May’nifesto

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. The lack of credible choice for British voters.

Many of us have spent much of the last 36 hours digesting the idea that there will be a snap election on 8 June, having been so […] convinced by the Government that there would be no such thing. Now the dust from that bombshell is settling, politicians are popping up left, right, and centre, spouting whatever they seem to think that second. We mere … Continue reading Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb. The lack of credible choice for British voters.

New Labour candidate for Ipswich

A new Labour candidate will contest the Ipswich seat this year, after it was confirmed by the East Anglian Daily Times that Ipswich Council leader David Ellesmere will not stand in the General Election on June 8th. Possible names discussed in the Spy office include Deputy Council Leader Bryony Rudkin, former South Suffolk candidate Jane Basham, County Council Labour Leader Sandy Martin, and new Euro … Continue reading New Labour candidate for Ipswich

General Election update

Yesterday the political world was catching up with the news that the Prime Minister was going to seek Parliamentary authority to call a General Election, the first time this has happened since the Fixed Term Parliament Act was passed by the Coalition Tory/Lib Dem Government back in 2010. With polls over Easter showing the Tories more than 20 points ahead in the opinion polls, it is … Continue reading General Election update