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Labour launches Suffolk campaign

PUBLISHED: 15:32 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 06 July 2010

LABOUR parliamentary candidates in Suffolk have pledged to fight for a fair future for the county.

At a campaign rally in Ipswich, Labour candidate Chris Mole - who has been MP for the town since 2001 - was joined by colleagues who are fighting the Conservative-held seats of Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk Central and Ipswich North, and Suffolk South.

LABOUR parliamentary candidates in Suffolk have pledged to fight for a fair future for the county.

At a campaign rally in Ipswich, Labour candidate Chris Mole - who has been MP for the town since 2001 - was joined by colleagues who are fighting the Conservative-held seats of Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk Central and Ipswich North, and Suffolk South.

Formally launching his campaign, Mr Mole said: “The rally showed the energy and commitment behind our campaign to secure a future fair for Suffolk. All our activists are getting a really positive response from people on the doorstep.

“People in Ipswich see that Labour has given Ipswich two new schools, a new university, and new Suffolk College, 12 Sure Start centres, and free bus passes for pensioners.

“The same story is repeated right across Suffolk. We are all fighting to secure this future fair for all in Suffolk and not put our great county at risk of Conservatives who will cut public spending too fast and too soon.”

Adam Leeder, Labour's candidate for Suffolk Coastal said: “After decades of a Conservative MP, I am offering a fresh choice for Coastal. We need more affordable housing, more high value jobs for young people and greater investment in renewable energy.”

Bhavna Joshi, who is fighting the Suffolk Central and North Ipswich seat, said: “For too long the people of Central Suffolk & North Ipswich have been poorly served by the Conservative Party. I am looking forward to campaigning for fairness for all, recognising that the things that matter to people in both rural and urban areas are same, we want a strong economy that will deliver even greater opportunities in the future.”

Emma Bishton, who is standing in Suffolk South where Labour was in third place at the last election, said: “With 18 years experience of working in the NHS, I know for myself how much difference Labour investment has made to our public services.

“Only Labour is guaranteeing ongoing improvements in the NHS - for examples look at the 2 week guarantee for cancer diagnosis, and health checks for the over 40s. Public Services such as the NHS are essential, and South Suffolk residents have a real choice to make in how we protect them.”

After the launch, the candidates had fanned out across Ipswich for a canvassing session, and were joined by activists from across the county.

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