Ben Gummer & Conservative Manifesto

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    Former Conservative Ipswich MP and current Tory candidate for Ipswich, Ben Gummer, Cabinet Minister, was tasked with writing the Conservative Party Manifesto.

    As you would expect for a 2-times MP and prospective candidate for a third term, Ben is an advocate for Ipswich (in particular for the Ipswich Waterfront).

    The manifesto didn’t include anything to benefit Ipswich or the Suffolk economy specifically… and the same applies with East Anglia and eastern region.

    No name dropping of University of Suffolk (one of the newest universities, if not the newest) or the NSIP Upper Orwell Crossing!

    Felixstowe the UK’s largest container port didn’t get a mention.

    Stansted an very important and growing airport – fourth busiest – with plans for runway expansion, also didn’t get a mention.

    Great Eastern Main Line which Ben has reportedly worked hard on with his colleagues to get investment wasn’t mentioned either.

    Enterprise Zones in Ipswich were also not mentioned. Adastral Park also didn’t get a mention in the digital economy part. Sizewell C? Nothing.

    The manifesto isn’t about Ipswich or Suffolk; however voters in Ipswich would have expected Ben Gummer to have influenced the content enough to include at least a couple of the above. This truly highlights his dedication to Ipswich a lot.

    Your can read it here… https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/manifesto2017/Manifesto2017.pdf

    A very basic textual based version can be found on IPSWI:- Ben Gummer’s Manifesto.

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    Ben Gummer facebook post…

    The Conservative Party manifesto was launched today. It is first and foremost an explanation of how we can back Theresa May in getting the best deal for Britain in our negotiations with the EU. It is a serious prospectus for government during what will be a crucial five years for our country as we deliver Brexit and decide what kind of nation we would like to be. It does not shy away from the challenges we face but instead offers practical and sustainable solutions to some of the biggest issues that face our country – from the costs of social care to the need to build more homes – so we can emerge from this period of change stronger and more prosperous than before.

    There are things within it that will be extremely positive for us here in Ipswich, including new investment in roads, funding for new primary care buildings, fair funding for schools, and investment for railways and for research. There are also important pledges on litter, homelessness and urban design. I am confident that our town, alongside my ambitions for it, is well-placed to benefit from all of this. The manifesto promises to make our town a more prosperous, exciting and opportunity-filled place. I very much hope to be able to help deliver these benefits if I am re-elected as your MP.

    https://www.facebook.com/ben4ipswich/posts/1923653761211572

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    but have they not had 7 years already,

    how do they account for the fact that everything seems to be “in crisis”; the health service, schools, social care, mental health, prisons, police, housing and the rest.

    how come after 7 years of Ben Gummer in Ipswich even the shortest trip around the town centre will see you passing by beggars sitting on the footpath, the remains of someone’s belongings in a doorway where they slept last night, or a drug addled individual shuffling along aimlessly.

    So far there’s been very little positive for Ipswich…

    Perhaps rather than spending time in a nice cosy middle class pub Ben should be out on streets talking to the real people, perhaps spend a few hours a day walking the length of the town from Norwich Road from St Helens St, perhaps he will then understand what’s really happening here..

     

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    Theresa May is very shrewd along with many of the Conservative Party. Those politicians wanting remain who are now wanting to leave, just want the power and the money courtesy of taxpayers. They took a chance on increasing austerity in the manifesto utilising simple slogans whilst trying to remain calm and uncontroversial (i.e. Labour’s ambitious projects cannot be afforded – they claim – no one doubts the Tories alternative can) knowing Corbyn is rather unelectable.

    Amongst the controversy Corbyn all of a sudden has become more likeable (not to be confused with popular). If Labour could have hidden their internal party problems and back their leader (even if to overthrow after the election) they would have stood more of a chance.

    The reason is when the sh!t hits the fan much more severe than now they will blame brexit then defend themselves for wanting to remain but then respecting the will of the public. Theresa May will then say because of this snap general election that the people gave her a mandate to do this. Truth is our domestic spending policies have very little to do with brexit at all.

    Many people are getting richer while many are getting much poorer. There will always be poor people in rich countries and a wealth divide. But really… for an inventive country that created the railways, in the 21st century we still do not have domestic high speed rail services. HS1 only exists for international journeys from London to Paris, Brussels etc – with faster lines speeds post-Channel Tunnel, although stops at some stations in UK. We didn’t need to be first but lost productivity from lack of high speed rail is apparent (of course, London loses out if you have it as businesses will choose cheaper places to stick their HQ). You hear Ben Gummer talk about improvements to our railway… new trains, longer journeys (apart from 2 per day that will be slightly quicker than now – 60 mins – although used to be around 54mins!) and some trees at the station but this isn’t ambitious enough. I won’t list all the examples for obvious reasons… and it isn’t about being the best in the world but staying up there in the top 10 would be nice.

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    have I mentioned this before? listened to Mr Corbyn on Jeremy Vine show during the week, didn’t hear all of it, but what I did hear was a sincere and very likable chap who answered every question honestly and in full, no political flannel, spin and waffle, just straight honest answers. I wasn’t a fan, but compared with May he comes across as human at least..  His party and the media have done him  grave disservice. And he hasn’t got a big blue bus with his bloody name written in big letters on the side of it has he… I would love to see a proper leaders debate with him and May, I think it could make a big difference, and I think she is scared of him…

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    Ben Gummer & Ipswich…

    It is disgraceful how all the politicians locally have allowed the town to get into this mess. Ben Gummer must accept some of the blame/responsibility. Unfortunately, the university has created a catalyst effect and this has resulted in the Buttermarket restaurant revolution and Jack Wills coming to the town. When you remove this from the equation, what progress has Ipswich made? Sailmakers was invested in by its new owners to prevent the shopping centre becoming too dated and thus worthless (i.e. lost tenants and sold at a loss). So far it hasn’t been that rosy. The increasing percentage of food outlets show how it is struggling to attract A1 shops.

    [On one hand we are talking progression into a Suffolk Powerhouse… Northern Bypass, Unitary Authority (Greater Ipswich, Orwell Unitary Authority), proper Enterprise Zones, Planned developments etc. and the other, is simply trying to play catch up with Norwich and various other towns including Bury St Edmunds and Colchester…]

    Despite Ipswich Central being there, the town continues to reach new depths… and what do we expect when the Ipswich Waterfront is the sole attraction promoted? I will use a very lame example (i.e. capital of a country etc. so cannot really compare)… Edinburgh… has both a traditional old town and the new town. There is no reason why on a smaller scale Ipswich couldn’t have a strong town centre (old town) and waterfront (new town). The Wet Dock Crossing was to reroute the Star Lane gyratory away to encourage integration between two parts of the town – town centre and waterfront. With the Wine Rack and retirement flats where the Evening Star offices were in Lower Brook Street, there still needs to be vehicular access on this gyratory… the land cannot be reclaimed. The idea was to have lighter traffic using it such as buses and taxis through one lane.

    Ipswich has rather good homeless strategy as far as I understand. Multi-agency, emergency beds, soup kitchens etc. and not to forget that homeless shelter bus project. I am confident that the borough isn’t ignoring the problem. Not everyone is willing to accept the help it must be said but it is clear with the numbers of homeless visible that the problems has grown, and without inside information I am left with no alternative to assume these people are in addition to those in B&Bs, HMOs etc rather than them all deciding they would rather spend their time on the street, especially when it has been quite wet recently.

    His expenses show he has claimed for mileage within constituency for amount as small and petty as 40p. He doesn’t mingle with the people of the town. I wouldn’t be surprised if the BBC Radio Suffolk battle bus attendance didn’t end with him walking to his car and driving off.

    He would be killed if he went on the streets of Ipswich especially Norwich Road end and surrounding streets. Some really nasty people/thugs congregate around there – I must point out the vast majority of people are fine even though they might intimidate people with their behaviour… they aren’t going to stab anyone. With the Ipswich Crime problem, there is little chance he would go alone. I don’t think I would either! I must weigh it up fairly, in balance, most probably wouldn’t recognise him at first glance. After all he isn’t going to be all smug and in a suit… far more casual clothing. It is Ipswich after all.

    There hasn’t really been anything positive for Ipswich…

    • Sailmakers (took Iceland out of St Matthews St which affected footfall that part of town, Bretts and QD closed)
    • Buttermarket Centre (chain restaurants will create many indie restaurant casualties – Brewery Tap has already folded)
    • University of Suffolk (inflating property prices, significant when it is still “early days” still to earn its stripes)
    • Ipswich Waterfront (no further developments in this area, Stoke Bridge end still looks like it has been like that since The Blitz)
    • Town Centre (BHS joined the demise of Woolworths, second major player gone from the clone town, no task force created to speed up letting of the site)
    • Tourism (coach bookings… and counting the cost of residents eating out and drinking at the pub)
    • Princes Street Office Corridor (Fisons renovated (as Connexions 159) still no tenant, Labour IBC desperate to develop this corridor from railway station which Ben has added trees to, up to the town centre… but Tory Ben Gummer is wanting to achieve the same on his Enterprise Island so this isn’t a priority for him as it undermines his vanity project. Another office block planned is to be shelved (hints at a multi-storey car park instead) opposite the Birketts HQ under development as no one has shown an interest in it. neighbouring office blocks are mostly vacant)
    • Travel Ipswich (yeah… enough said, I could go on for hours with examples…)

     

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    May scared of Corbyn? She is scared of “ordinary people”! She is buckling under the pressure. When she revealed her manifesto… she left in a hurry. A strong and stable leader would leave with their head high, at normal pace and be content they did the best they could and have won voters. I saw a clip of her on the conservative “battle bus” where someone (obviously vetted to be on the bus and I assume a Tory) asked her a question and she stumbled with the answer.. showing the manifesto, something you would only expect from Tim Farron!

    Well, Tony Blair WAS a likeable figure…

    I think you could have much worse people in charge than Corbyn. I don’t think he is a good leader though (regardless if he has the full backing from his party or not) but as the above shows, May isn’t either! As a female Tory she was instantly compared to Thatcher last year when she became PM… one was Strong and Stable, the other not so.

    Corbyn’s problem is The Sun (or Murdoch) hasn’t backed Labour. If they went with his party, they would get in. They currently are Conservative bias (and more papers than not are too) and I would like an EU-Referendum style victory, where despite the odds stacked up against it happening people voted and got the result. I am not sure if the people can overpower The Sun. It sounds ridiculous! So many shallow people lol Miliband was a disaster… he seemed to have strong backing (despite stabbing his brother in the back who would have been far better for the role). The party has made Labour unelectable. The comparison between manifestos look promising and I hold hope that people can see the Tories have gone too far in their proposals… could you imagine if Ipswich re-elected the manifesto writer? I don’t like some of Labour’s policies which are concerning but I would compromise for the NHS etc.

    I am really concerned as it was threatened before but we could in a couple of months see the return of General Strikes, riots and perhaps even a civil war/class war. I am sure the other EU-member states will love to sit back and see the UK go to pot. I can’t see anything happening this year if a Tory victory but it does really worry me. In 2010 we had the student protests over tuition fees, the issues this time round seem more significant in my view.

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    Yep you said it, the decision is Murdoch’s, so true… So wrong…

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    So nice to see freedom of speech in action on Ben Gummer’s Facebook page.. NOT….  A post about the Two Rivers Medical Centre has attracted 19 comments at last count. The majority of those have been hidden from view as presumably critical, including my own comment..!  I don’t find that form of censorship terribly attractive in a local MP. What wrong with taking the comments on the chin and debating the issues raised.. ?

    And can You spot the deliberate mistake……

    My plan is to get a new generation of primary care facilities built that will provide more services for patients and be more attractive for GPs, therapists, pharmacists and nurses to work in, helping in turn to improve recruitment to the area.
    We have had our first success in the Two Rivers Medical Centre, which I blah blah blah blah…….

    https://www.facebook.com/ben4ipswich/

     

     

     

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    You know why? The following photo of Two Rivers Medical Centre being opened.

    Ben Gummer at Two Rivers Medical Centre #IpswichRising

    Such an unnatural photo. Ben wasn’t opening the centre unlike Riverside Clinic, doesn’t look very flattering.
    As usual he is dressed down for the occasion – credit for those in the crowd on the left that bothered to make an effort.
    Couldn’t they have positioned the photo elsewhere? All four standing in the flowerbed

    The censorship is particularly worrying. Ben isn’t stupid. He knows that despite the need to portray a “strong and stable” party (and therefore leadership of the gang ringleader) that the election won’t be as easy to win as he hopes and that includes his seat. The smug self-worth has faded away… his manifesto he produced has created a new record of breaking a manifesto pledge before an election… Thousands of people including hundreds of journalists etc. are picking for holes in it. I am sure there will be more to come…

    He is under pressure, and I hope he isn’t used as a scapegoat.  Labour got a grilling but now its Conservatives time… they hope they can switch attention back to labour for some breathing space.

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    funnY thing is I just read a load of comments on Teresa MaY’s Facebook page, and nothing on there seems to be hidden, in fact could onlY find comments critical of her etc, all left for all to read, unlike Ben’s page now which is being sYstematically sanitised bY his helpers. Its not a good thing to do, he’s lost a great deal more credibility with me this evening.

    MY comment as removed from public view was neither critical nor offensive, but it did point out the issue with the photo and it did make comment on how a lot of people are not happY with the new medical centre including, so I have heard, other professional medical organisations.

    I suggest Ben and his team take a leaf out of Mrs MaY’s book and let all the Facebook comments stand, good or bad, unless of course the explicitly break Facebooks rules of conduct. Being a politician is at times not going to be prettY, so perhaps if Ben can’t now stand the heat he should remove himself from the kitchen..

     

     

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