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Bury St Edmunds election: Green leader Sian Berry to visit, while Conservative, Labour and independent campaigns step up

It has been another busy week on the campaign trail for political parties looking to secure your vote in the general election.

With just a few weeks left until the poll on December 12, Conservative, Labour, Green and independent campaigns have been in full force in Bury St Edmunds.

For years, Bury constituency (which also contains Stowmarket and Needham Market) has traditionally been a safe Conservative seat.

In 2017, Tory incumbent Jo Churchill took home 59 per cent of the vote to continue in the role, which she has served since 2015.

This week, she has been active on social media, profiling her canvassing around town - which has seen her lead a talk at West Suffolk College and take part in a mass leafleting campaign in Needham Market.

Labour has this week released their manifesto for power, which has encouraged their candidate for Bury St Edmunds, Cliff Waterman.

The West Suffolk councillor told the Bury Free Press: “Labour is proposing a transition to a more sustainable economy. We will be creating 4,000 good quality jobs, and starting green schemes like installing solar panels.

“For Bury St Edmunds companies like Greene King and British Sugar this is really good news.”

The Liberal Democrats have pulled out of the race to contest Bury seat, leaving the Green Party to fight for the constituency as a party backing efforts to remain in the European Union.

The Greens have listed Bury as one of their target seats and this Sunday are sending in their big guns to help campaign. Party co-leader Sian Berry will be joined on St John’s Street from 5pm with former leader Natalie Bennett and their Bury candidate Helen Geake.

Local councillor Paul Hopfensperger has also made his presence felt around the constituency. Standing on an independent platform, the deputy mayor of Bury St Edmunds has pledged to put the town’s needs first. His own manifesto - now released on his website - pledges to campaign to boost Bury’s infrastructure, services and work on environmental priorities.

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