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Conservative MP Jo Churchill and Bury St Edmunds Labour and Liberal Democrat members give their verdict on a potential general election




It has been a busy week in politics.

Amid the resignations, sackings and announcements, the big headline was that MPs voted down the chance to have a general election in October.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill was among the Tories to vote in-line with Boris Johnson, as the Prime Minister suffered a Commons defeat on Wednesday evening.

Labour largely abstained from the vote, taking a stance that the European Union departure date should be extended before any poll.

However, with Brexit uncertainty, the possibility of an election on the horizon has not gone away.

And to round-up an eventful week, we spoke to three local politicians to get their thoughts.

Jo Churchill
Jo Churchill

Jo Churchill, Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds

I want to the leave the EU with a deal. We need to bring an end to the delay of delivering Brexit.

Whichever side of the argument they support, people across the constituency tell me they want to see it brought to a conclusion.

Diane Hind
Diane Hind

Diane Hind, Labour councillor for Bury's Tollgate ward of West Suffolk Council

Obviously I would relish a general election to put right everything that's wrong with our country, like social care and food banks.

But the stance that Labour has taken is the correct one, that there should not be an election until there has been a Brexit extension.

There has to be an extension first, otherwise we will be manipulated.

I think the approach of Boris Johnson has been cynical and for his own interests. There has been no new negotiation with the European Union.

Helen Korfanty
Helen Korfanty

Helen Korfanty, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Bury St Edmunds

The short answer is no, nobody wants a general election and I don’t think it is going to fix things.

We would like more time than we have got (to prepare for an election) but since Boris Johnson has taken over the leadership we have been bracing ourselves. They no longer have a working majority.

I know people have said the remainers have been causing problems, but those members who believe strongly in a no deal Brexit have been voting down a deal.

I think an election will be run on a Brexit basis. We have been worried about the health service and need to address these issues (too).

I think the Lib Dems are still quite buoyant from the local and European election results.

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