Ben Gummer: EU & Brexit

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    Ben Gummer has recently swallowed his pride away from his Vote Remain stance of just last year, backing PM Theresa May (another pro-EU vote remain supporter) for a snap General Election with emphasis on strong leadership and best negotiation out of the EU. Ben remains upset about his constituency majority vote – despite the former PM David Cameron ordering the EU Referendum after failing to negotiate any terms.

    Ben Gummer has resulted to techniques to bully people away from their democratic right of voting for self-determination of their country – what people had referred to as Project Fear. As Ben squares up to the prospect that he may or may not be the town’s MP in just over a month, the pressure will grow post-county elections.

    It is a good assumption that Labour won’t win the General Election (after all The Sun is pro-Tory and Jeremy Corbyn is the leader) and perhaps not the lion’s share of a coalition either; but the general consensus of people being unhappy with a lack of Northern Bypass, the Upper Orwell Crossings vanity project, Travel Ipswich, slow progress at the Ipswich Waterfront and the Cornhill development which isn’t too popular… there are a lot of people in opposition (who won’t all be Labour supporters!) which might be putting his future at risk… along with the fact he is a Pro-EU politician. He doesn’t want to leave the EU, but Ipswich does! 

    National politics and other candidates aside, one prospect Ben will only be too concerned about is his results. Only two years in to the current term, he has done very little what he pledged and what he has done has left a lot of people with a bad taste in their mouth… running scared, he has had to resort to distorting facts surrounding his 6-point plan in his 2015 pledges. Dropping the “Northern Route” is one of these. Half of his recent bulletin is projects that haven’t gone ahead (Upper Orwell Crossing and Cornhill) and the other half are private development projects on the shopping centres that he had nothing to do with.

    I won’t waste my time with a catalogue of evidence but will provide a couple of examples…

    #VoteRemain #StrongerIn Ben Gummer

    The first is a video posted to twitter where he suggests possibly your neighbour or you losing your job because of Brexit. As town MP he was within such a short video stating Ipswich jobs are at risk. Listen to his voice, you hear some of Ben, a little bit of Tory and an undertone of Tony Blair.

    100 Ipswich Jobs lost to brexit, just 1 tech company

    Ben really laid it on thick and I am surprised after the result he hadn’t deleted these tweets… outrageous! In comments he even said “[..] you want to put his company at risk. Think about that, and those jobs, […] when you mark a cross by Leave” creating an ultimatum based on those jobs. I am sure this guy is a friend/donor of Ben.

    Benedict Gummer MP Project Fear

    Hang on a minute Ben…

    Are you saying that tech jobs cannot survive under Brexit conditions in Ipswich? Then how will Enterprise Island work, or will that now just be housing?

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    A quick search reveals two possible persons Stephen Appleby could be (it could be someone completely different)…

    • In fisheries industry, Brown & May Marine Ltd has a consultancy contract for the East Anglia ONE wind farm project
    • Working for BT! Head of Video Delivery Research Team

    Only the latter is a “tech” job and I am sure he doesn’t own BT.

    Is Ben saying that BT will move jobs to Ireland and away from Ipswich?

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    This is what Brexit means for Ipswich

    All that talk about recession – it all sounds far too theoretical doesn’t it? Just a load of economists trying to predict the future? Well, I agree. So I’m going to go on a quick safari around Ipswich to show where those numbers come from, and how they are very, very real.

    Let’s start with the big boys. BT and Axa are the largest employers in Ipswich and both of them have made clear that their ability to maintain investment – that’s jobs to you and me – in Ipswich and Britain will depend on whether we are in the EU. Mike Rake from BT said so on Wednesday and yesterday Ipswich’s David Williams from Axa repeated his plea to the people of the town.

    But it’s not just the large players, it’s the medium-sized companies too. Take MLM – a growing construction consultancy: as Steve Oliver of MLM explained to me, they depend on the EU to grow. For them this is not some theoretical risk: in the past few weeks they’ve had a large contract put on hold for fear of Brexit. That contract – or lack of it – will ultimately translate into jobs and wages.

    It’s the same at Bolton Aerospace – what was Manganese Bronze – on Hadleigh Road. Bolton forge very high specification castings for Airbus and some other very, very high profile customers. 30% of their business is in Europe. Their main competitor is French. You can imagine who will clean up their European customers if Bolton has to pay a tariff to gain entry to the EU and their competitor does not. Worse still, all the regulations that apply to their castings – they are made by the EU. If we leave, Bolton will have to obey the regulations but will have no influence on how they are written. Guess who will be doing the writing – alone? Yep – their French competitor.

    These companies aren’t going to collapse on 24th June if we vote to Leave. But bit by bit, as we go through the five years of hell of renegotiating our relationship, investment will slow, trade will slip away to competitors, rules will be written whilst we are locked out of the room, and jobs will start to move to Paris, to Dublin and to other centres in the EU which are competing directly with the UK but are still in the Single Market. And that will translate into jobs lost and families across our town without the income and security they deserve. Vote Leave has dismissed this as “bumps in the road”. Those bumps – they are the job, the security, the family income of your neighbour – perhaps even of you.

    A dozen here, two dozen there, a single entrepreneur over their, a single employee over here: they all add to the rather frightening numbers that the IMF, OECD, World Bank and others have said will happen. So – these are not just predictions, they are estimates based on the real experience of companies in towns like our own, but multiplied over the whole of the UK.

    And the taxes you and workers pay across the town? They will go down too, as we see the economy slide. It won’t be sudden but it will be real. And the result will be less money for schools and for hospitals, and will probably mean seeing taxes go up and borrowing increase – again. It’s like a trickle in every business in Ipswich and every town turning into a torrent of misery across the UK.

    On Friday, unemployment in Ipswich hit 1,475 – the lowest it has been since records began in the town. Just 205 young people are out of work – down from 1,320 four years ago. We have come so far. There’s more to do.

    When you vote on Thursday, you have a choice between two boxes. It is your choice where you place your cross. But businesses across our town want to be quite clear with you: that ‘Leave’ box – if you tick that, it means jobs lost in our town, our Ipswich. And if you tick Remain, we can get on with the work in hand: making our wonderful town and our wonderful Great Britain greater still.

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