Competition hots up for 'winnable seat'
Thursday, 17th May 2001.
WEST SUFFOLK is the constituency of both Newmarket and Haverhill, as well as the villages of Mildenhall, Lakenheath and Brandon.
It is held by the Conservative Richard Spring, who was also pushed hard by labour four year ago, beating them by fewer than 2,000 votes. Both Labour and Liberal Democrat see it as an eminently winnable seat. Foot-and-mouth is likely to be an issue, especially at Newmarket, and at Haverhill the pressures if development will be on the agenda.
MICHAEL JEFFERYS, took on Richard Spring at the 1997 election, succeeding in trimming his majority from the former Bury St Edmunds constituency. He is Head of the Maths department at Newmarket Upper School and represents St Mary's ward in the Forest Heath District Council.
AS the sitting MP, Richard Spring has represented much of the area since 1992 when he won the former Bury St Edmunds constituency. He has held a number of posts within the Conservative Parliamentary group and also holds some company directorships.
THE Liberal Democrat candidate for the West Suffolk constituency is Robin Martlew, from Caldecote, near Cambridge has been a member of Cambridgeshire County Council for the past eight years. He also holds an earlier on the county council.
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