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 Ipswich
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jamie Cann Labour 19,952 51.3 -1.4
Edward Wild Conservative 11,871 30.5 -0.6
Terence Gilbert Liberal Democrat 5,904 15.2 +3.0
Bill Vinyard UK Independence 624 1.6 +1.2
Peter Leach Socialist Alliance 305 0.8  
Shaun Gratton Socialist Labour 217 0.6  
Majority 8,081 20.8
Turnout 38,873 57.0 -15.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Ipswich is the largest town in Suffolk, and is a port and commercial centre on the River Orwell. It is the most industrial of the Suffolk towns, and also has the largest non-white population.

Labour support has tended to be at its highest in the council estates, like Gainsborough and Priory Heath in the south eastern part of Ipswich, and the inner city areas such as the Town and Bridge wards, whereas the Tories have been strong in the residential areas of Bixley and St Margarets.

The last 30 years has been an electoral rollercoaster for Ipswich. A Conservative named Ernle Money won the seat in 1970 with a majority of just 13 votes and held it until October 1974. In the Conservative tide of 1979, which put Mrs Thatcher into Number Ten, the Labour Party got their second best result in the country in this seat. Again in 1987, Ipswich defied the national trend, by providing one of the few Tory gains from Labour. The sitting MP Jamie Cann won the seat back for Labour in 1992, and increased his majority to over 10,000 votes in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ipswich
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Jamie Cann Labour 25,484 52.7
Stephen Castle Conservative 15,048 31.1
Nigel Roberts Liberal Democrat 5,881 12.2
Theodore Agnew Referendum 1,637 3.4
W J Vinyard UK Independence 208 0.4
Eric Kaplan Natural Law 107 0.2
Majority 10,436 21.6
Turnout 48,365 72.2
 
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