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Election 2017: Conservatives hold a number of Suffolk seats

PUBLISHED: 04:09 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 04:15 09 June 2017

UK general election 2017 - Ipswich count at the Corn Exchange
Outgoing MP Ben Gummer says a few words after the announcement of the result
Picture by ASHLEY PICKERING

UK general election 2017 - Ipswich count at the Corn Exchange Outgoing MP Ben Gummer says a few words after the announcement of the result Picture by ASHLEY PICKERING

Copyright Ashley Pickering

In Suffolk, one of the biggest shocks came as Conservative Ben Gummer lost his Ipswich seat.

He was the man behind the Conservative manifesto - but he was not granted the opportunity to help introduce its policies after being ditched by the electorate.

The Cabinet Office minister lost out to Labour’s Sandy Martin with a nearly 5pc swing.

Elsewhere the Tories faired better - with Peter Aldous hanging on to his Waveney seat - with a 9,215 majority. Matthew Hancock stayed put in West Suffolk - where Ukip and Lib Dem candidates lost their deposits as they won such a small share of the votes.

There were also Conservative holds in South Suffolk, with James Cartlidge, and in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich for Dan Poulter.

Suffolk Coastal also remained a Conservative hold, as DEFRA minister Therese Coffey took home 57pc of the vote.

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