Ousted Tory MP Ben Gummer’s Ipswich office up for sale

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The slogan on the office says “working hard for a better Ipswich”

The constituency office of the MP who wrote the Tories’ manifesto will be up for sale, photographed complete with discarded election paraphernalia.

In a poignant reminder political careers can come to an abrupt halt, the building once occupied by Ben Gummer contains packing boxes as well as bags.

At the back of the building, perched on a wooden pallet, sits a billboard depicting Mr Gummer.

He lost out to Labour for the Ipswich seat in June by fewer than 1,000 votes.

Mr Gummer had held the seat for seven years before losing to Sandy Martin inside the general election.

At the time, he said: “I’ve learned so much by being a member of parliament, more than I could ever have hoped to have learnt in another role, as well as I feel a better person for the item with broader opportunities as well as views than I otherwise would certainly have had.”

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The office will be still full of general election campaign material

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Goldings Auctions says there will be an “opportunity for a fresh lease of life”

His old office in Fore Street will be being advertised by Goldings Auctions which has a guide cost of £60,000.

The BBC understands the lease was up at the Grade II-listed building before the general election.

According to the estate agent, the freehold property offers an opportunity for “a fresh lease of life”.

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Ben Gummer, who had held the Ipswich seat for seven years, lost the item to Labour’s Sandy Martin

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