Labour struggles to find Ipswich candidate … Jane Basham nominates herself

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    Labour racing to find Ipswich candidate – Jane Basham wants to take on Ben Gummer

    Labour Party officials are hoping to have a candidate in place to challenge Ben Gummer in the June 8 General Election within a week to 10 days.

    Normally it would take weeks to advertise the vacancy for a candidate and select someone to fight the seat – but the procedure will be compressed to get a candidate in place.

    Candidates will be selected by a regional board with input from the party’s National Executive Committee – local members will not have a say on who will fight the seat.

    David Ellesmere, who fought the seat two years ago, has already said he will not be fighting it again.

    But Jane Basham, who fought the South Suffolk seat in 2015 and also stood as Labour candidate for Suffolk PCC in 2012, has put her name forward to be candidate.

    Another person to rule himself out is Jack Abbott, who was one of the youngest parliamentary candidates in the country when he fought Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2015.

    He is the Labour candidate for the Bridge Division of Ipswich in the county council elections – and said he felt it was right to concentrate on getting political experience in local government at this point of his career.

    County council Labour group leader Sandy Martin, who lives in and represents the St John’s Division in Ipswich, would not comment on whether he would put himself forward.

    But Ms Basham, who lives in the town, said it was important that the party had a candidate ready to take the battle to the Conservatives.

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    This is painful. Labour really don’t know who to select for the Ipswich constituency seat. David Ellesmere would be the natural choice but he is sensible enough to rule himself out. Jack Abbott (whoever that is) has common sense to wait until later in his career. Jane Basham, who looks to have a pretty poor recent performance history in elections looks like she wants another slice, another opportunity. Another failure.

    Sandy Martin has to be the defacto choice as Leader of the Labour Group for Suffolk County Council. Defines himself on twitter as “Eastern Region Rep on National Policy Forum, Leader Suffolk County Labour Group, Democratic Socialist, Environmentalist” he is a member of: The Labour Party,
    Association of Labour Councillors, The Cooperative Party, Unite the Union, Viridor Credits Advisory Board, Socialist Environment & Resources, Association Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform, Labour Movement for Europe, LGBT Labour, Fabian Society, War on Want, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International, Conscience (Peace Tax Campaign), Stonewall, Member of Board of Trustees of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, Trustee of Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau, Governor of Copleston Academy and Appointed by Suffolk County Council to: County Councils Network, Local Government Association General Assembly and Northgate Foundation. Overall a good mix and he seems a good guy, MP for Ipswich though? Not really.

    Bryony Rudkin must remain an outsider wildcard. Peter Gardiner has been an councillor since 1979 so he must feature relatively high up the pecking order although this most certainly would be a risk for Labour. They all would. This leaves John Cook, Adam Leeder, Jane Riley, Jim Powell, Phil Smart, Martin Cook, Andi Hopgood, Stephen Connelly, Jeannette Macartney, Barry Studd, Bill Knowles, Daniel Maguire, Sarah Barber, Sandra Gage, Alasdair Ross, Hamil Clarke, Colin Smart, Elango Elavalakan, Neil Macdonald, Shelly Darwin, Tracy Grant, Julian Gibbs, Carole Jones, Colin Kreidewolf, Martin Goonan, Colin Wright, Glen Chisholm, Sophie Meudec, Hugh Whittall and Mayor Roger Fern.

    Oh wait, field Chris Mole! lol…

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    Ipswich Star comments:-

    Labour are a complete joke, led by the king of the losers, just don’t bother standing at all, stay at home and have a moan about brexit, and on how we need more immigration and need to borrow and spend much more, with all your lefty mates  john

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    Jane Basham, God help the electorate. Thought Ellesmere was bad but wait and see if she gets the nomination and then it will be more of a walkover. Seen this individual in the workplace so beware. Joseph Marshall

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    If she is the best Labour in Ipswich can come up with god help the town. She has failed in every other election she has stood in the county.  Suffolk and Proud

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    So now baby snowflake Jack Abbot tells us he needs to get experience! Last election he was claiming he was experienced enough to represent Ipswich – although the majority of voters rejected his metropolitan liberal elitist nonsense. Good luck to Jane – with Labour destined to the dustbin for all time, she will be lucky to muster 666 votes in Ipswich.  cthulu

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    oh dear, about all I can say really…

    I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!

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    More Ipswich Star comments…

    Dare she admit she is a Corbyn supporter? If so, that will end any chance of getting elected.

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wow! A great decision by Labour to put forward this outstandingly anti-English candidate who has made an entire career out of bashing the native British-English majority to promote her beloved favourite ethnic minorities. Thankfully there is no chance that even the good people of Ipswich will vote for her, despite the town being home to a disproportionate number of benefits claimants who would generally be natural Labour voters and those recent immigrants welcomed by Labour. Sadly the truth is that Tory boy Gummer will be back in for another term as there isn’t enough resolve by those disillusioned with the status quo to vote in anyone who advocates any real change.

    Nothing changes but I am so looking forward to Labour being totally trashed across the region and the entire UK in both the parliamentary and local authority elections. After all, it was Labour politicos who decided that as the native working class stopped voting for Labour in the 80s90s the borders had to be opened to allow in millions of new voters from the third world and eastern Europe to shore up their vote. In some cases the settlers did, in some cases they didn’t. Labour long ago betrayed the native working people, we being the rightful heirs to the hard work of countless generations of our forebears who made this country great. Yet now we are forced to compete with the new wave of migrants who see this ancient homeland of ours as a place to make a quick buck and then move on, remain or go home. At least the Cons, who are no angels, never stated they represented the working class; they will always be the party of inherited wealth and privilege which can always be purchased if the price is right.

    Steve Blake

    The conservatives blog contained this image… rather fitting:

    Conservative - dead rose

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    In response to my earlier comment on Sandy Martin…

    I will take back what I said earlier. He is welcome to his own opinion – as we all are – but this immature Labour trait of childishly taking cheap shots at opposition parties is yawn-worthy. The electorate nationwide are sick of it and this is why they have struggled to get votes in recent times. Scotland is a good example.

    More Ipswich Star comments…

    Ms Basham states that “I want it.” I was always told that ‘I want’ NEVER gets!

    Trebor60

    Ipswich needs a high profile candidate to get the town back on the map. Ed Balls only has a part time job just up the road and would be well placed to bring some energy back to the town to give some of the dead wood politicians a run for their money.

    amsterdam81

    We need an MP who actually cares about ipswich, who grew up in the town, who has family in the town and will actually care about representing the people and get things done. Sadly I doubt that will happen and it’s obvious that Gummer will be reelected and he is the complete opposite of any ipswich resident and was a strong EU supporter of which ipswich voted leave.

    mr_tall

    Won’t vote Lib or Lab because they hate the British; won’t vote Tory because they hate the disabled – and I’m both. Probably be spoiling my ballot paper this time around, to be honest.

    Northern Lass

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    Labour are not forthcoming with their candidate which they must have decided by now?

    I don’t know why they cannot (and they might, there is still time) announce who it is and kick-start the campaign at the May Day event.

    Is it really going to be Jane Basham? Or is Chris Mole going to step up… in a similar move to Sir Bob Russell for Colchester?

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