Boris Johnson to visit Suffolk today
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to visit Suffolk today in one of his first campaign stops since Parliament backed a General Election.
The exact location is being kept under wraps but it comes as the political parties set out their pitch to the nation for the election on December 12.
At the last election in 2017, Conservatives maintained their control of Suffolk – taking nearly all of the seats apart from the Ipswich constituency, which Sandy Martin won for Labour.
Jo Churchill took the Bury St Edmunds constituency seat with 36,794 votes.
Matt Hancock won the West Suffolk seat, which covers places like Mildenhall, Lakenheath Red Lodge, Brandon and Risby, with 31,649 votes.
The South Suffolk constituency seat, with places such as Lavenham, Lawshall and Hartest within it, was won by James Cartlidge with 32,829 votes.
The Central Suffolk and North Ipswich seat, covering places such as Creeting St Mary and Coddenham, was taken by Dan Poulter, with 33,992 votes and finally, the South West Norfolk seat, covering the likes of Thetford, Weeting and Mundford was taken by Elizabeth Truss with 32,894 votes and 62.8 per cent of total votes.
In preparation for the election, Bury’s Labour group held a parliamentary candidate hustings yesterday, with town councillor Cliff Waterman being chosen as the candidate to challenge Mrs Churchill.
Other challengers for the Bury seat include the Green Party’s Helen Geake, who has fought two elections in the town before, deputy mayor of Bury and independant candidate Paul Hopfensperger, Helen Korfanty of the Liberal Democrats, who finished third in 2017, Dr Edmund Fordham for the Brexit Party and Liam Byrne, who is also standing as an independent candidate.