County poll is massive boost to Sandy Martin and Ipswich Labour Party in General Election campaign.
Labour comfortably topped the poll in Ipswich yesterday, as results came in. Across the Borough, Labour won 9 out of the 13 seats, with the Tories on three and Lib Dems on one.
Labour had held 10 out of 13 seats going into the election - one of the best results ever achieved in Ipswich in a County Council election.
Aggregate votes cast for each party across the nine divisions which cover Ipswich constituency (with appropriate adjustment to average the votes of candidates standing for each party in two member divisions) are as follows:
Labour 11,650; Conservative 9,995; Lib Dem 3,304; Ukip 1,480; Green 1,009; Independent 259.
It is impossible to assess exactly how many votes were cast for each party within the Ipswich constituency as the St Margaret's & Westgate division includes half of Castle Hill ward which is in the neighbouring Central Suffolk & North Ipswich constituency, but as Castle Hill ward has never been won by Labour on its current boundaries, the figures above probably flatter the Tories.
This result is a big boost for Suffolk County Council Labour Leader, Sandy Martin, who will tomorrow, launch his campaign to become Ipswich's next Member of Parliament.