Since I was selected last autumn I have made tackling crime and anti-social a key priority of mine, says Tom Hunt. I have met with the Chief Constable, the Police and Crime Commissioner as well as a number of community groups across the Town.
Last Friday I was interviewed by the Ipswich Star regarding my views on the northern bypass. Please have a read. As you’ll see, I haven’t exactly held back when it comes airing my views.
I’m glad that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative Party leadership election. I made clear my support for Boris when he first threw his hat into the ring to become the next leader and I’m confident that he can deliver Brexit and defeat Jeremy Corbyn at the next General election, whenever it is.
Boris had a strong record as Mayor of London and I’m in strong agreement with his approach to Brexit, tackling knife crime and the importance of significant infrastructure projects.
We need to leave the EU by the end of October no ifs or buts.
It’s important that the Conservative Party now unites and focuses all its energy on delivering Brexit and defeating the most left wing and dangerous Labour leader this country has ever had.
Jeremy Hunt is an extremely honourable man who has fought a commendable campaign and I’m sure he has a key role to play within the Conservative Party over the coming months.
Conservative MP candidate Tom Hunt calls on Labour MP for Ipswich to up his game when it comes to campaign for northern bypass
Tom Hunt statement regarding consultation for the proposed Northern bypass: “I’m glad that plans for a northern bypass are progressing through the various stages and that local people are going to be able to have their say through the consultation process.
I read with interest Paul Geater’s column in last Thursday’s Ipswich Star, “County needs a change of heart on major road projects” which calls for Suffolk County Council to drop its attempts to secure Government backing for a northern bypass. I disagree with this view.
Boris Johnson has topped a poll carried out by Tom Hunt to see what Ipswich residents think about the different candidates in the Conservative leadership race to become the next Prime Minister. Overall 50% of those who took part in the poll voted for Boris Johnson to be the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
“A very disappointing set of election results for the Conservative Party last night. The poor national performance by the Conservative Party was unsurprisingly reflected here in Ipswich.
“Three years ago the people of Ipswich voted decisively to leave the EU and the local results last night make it clear that if there were to be another referendum here and the result would be the same. I hope this is something the local Labour MP bears in mind the next time he contemplates voting to revoke article 50 and block Brexit in Parliament.
“I’ve seen a fair bit of speculation since my selection that perhaps Ipswich is no longer a Town where the majority want to leave the EU. And that a significant number of people have changed their mind. The hugely impressive showing by the Brexit Party makes it crystal clear that this is not the case. In fact, I suspect that if there were another referendum the majority for leave in Ipswich would actually be greater than it was last time.
“Many who voted leave in 2016 decided to vote for the Brexit Party. Some of these voters had been lifelong Conservative voters. However the sad thing is that I know a number of voters in Ipswich who voted leave in 2016 who didn’t bother voting at all in these elections. Such is their sense of despondency and dejection at the fact that we three years after the referendum result, we remain in the EU.
“The reality is that the Conservative Party have lost the confidence of a significant number of leave voters. These election results are a strong message and its one we need to take on board fully as a Party. We do of course now have an opportunity in selecting a new Party leader and Prime Minister to ensure we get someone who will ensure our departure from the EU by the end of October. Last nights results demonstrate clearly what the consequences of not doing so will be for the Conservative Party.
“Shortly I plan to run an online poll so I can get a sense of what people in Ipswich think about the Conservative leadership contest and who people think would be best to be the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.”
This is clearly very good news and a step in the right direction. I pay tribute to the hard work that has been put in by a number of MP’s in Suffolk over a number of years to make this a reality. Particularly the former MP for Ipswich Ben Gummer who was instrumental in securing both the Ipswich in 60 service and the new trains that will be introducing over the coming months.