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Ipswich Labour Party is united in backing a vote to REMAIN in the European Union when you go to cast your vote tomorrow.

Across Britain, the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs, MEPs and councillors, together with the TUC and major trades unions are campaigning for REMAIN. 

 

We're urging Labour supporters to vote REMAIN because we believe Britain is better off in Europe.

More than 3 million British jobs are linked to Europe.

Paid holiday, maternity and paternity leave are protected by Europe.

Almost half of all British exports in goods and services go to countries in the European Union.

British families save on average £450 a year at the checkout and our consumer rights are protected because we are part of the European Union.

Thousands of criminals, including terrorists, have been deported from Britain to face justice thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.

Britain's influence as a world power is strongest as part of the European Union - we negotiate better deals that keep process down and help British businesses sell their products.

VOTE REMAIN ON 23 JUNE.

 

Ipswich Labour Party urges you to vote REMAIN tomorrow

Ipswich Labour Party is united in backing a vote to REMAIN in the European Union when you go to cast your vote tomorrow. Across Britain, the overwhelming majority of Labour...

The brutal murder of Jo Cox was a truly appalling act, writes Councillor David Ellesmere.

It’s hard to imagine what pain her family must be going through to have her snatched away from them so cruelly and without warning.

As a Member of Parliament, her murder was an attack on our democracy and struck at the heart of the British way of life.

It is entirely right that the Referendum campaigns were suspended. I hope everyone in Britain took this time to reflect on the state of politics in our country because I have been increasingly concerned about the direction we are heading in.

There is currently an absolutely corrosive and cynical distrust in politicians and politics. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard: “You’re all the same” and “You’re only in it for yourselves” on the doorstep.

Politicians are human beings so of course there are going to be some who are arrogant, self-seeking and corrupt. But my experience of politicians at all levels and of all parties in Britain leads me to believe that this number is so small that it’s hard to understand how this perception has become so widespread.

The outpouring of grief and the genuine affection that Jo Cox was held in by ordinary people in her constituency shows that good people can be politicians.

If we write off all our politicians as a class, we put our entire democracy at risk. We open ourselves to the embrace of first demagogue who comes along promising that they are different and peddling simple solutions to complex problems.

The advent of the internet and social media is driving further the polarisation of our politics.

People are prepared to say much more offensive things to others online than they would ever say to their faces.

There is a marked tendency on social media for people to only follow others who share the same point of view. Outrageous views and speech are not challenged but steadily ratcheted up because it seems like everyone else thinks like you.

This has led to language that would once have been shocking becoming ever more the norm. Women, and women politicians in particular, are subjected to absolutely vile misogynistic tirades and threats of death and rape.

There are so many of these threats that they simply cannot all be prosecuted but every one that is not prosecuted leads to the further normalisation of this behaviour, not just online but in the real world too.

Jo Cox had had to call the police about sexually-related threats made to her – from a completely different person – in the months before her death.

These trends have been supercharged by the Referendum campaign.

With the stakes so high the rhetoric has been wound up and up, just as it was in the Scottish Referendum.

Someone I work with told me they had been accused of “treason” because they supported staying in the EU.

I have been dismayed by the way the Referendum has been conducted: lies peddled as the truth; doubt as certainty; the motives of those on the opposing side impugned; anyone with in-depth knowledge of a subject automatically distrusted.

This is not the Britain we love: warm hearted, fair-minded and tolerant with a self-deprecating sense of humour and a healthy lack of deference to those in authority.

That Britain is in danger.

On Thursday we will all have our say in the Referendum. Whatever the result, we must accept it and work towards rebuilding trust in politics.

Otherwise there will be more tragedies like Jo Cox and we will lose the Britain we love forever.

Brutal murder of Jo Cox should lead us to reflect on politics and public life

The brutal murder of Jo Cox was a truly appalling act, writes Councillor David Ellesmere. It’s hard to imagine what pain her family must be going through to have her...

A Government decision to reject a planning application for 94 affordable homes at Ravenswood has been greeted with “astonishment” by Ipswich Borough Council. 

The Council was informed today that the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Greg Clark, has turned down the application despite the recommendation of an independent Planning Inspector that the homes should go ahead.

The planning application to build 68 houses for affordable rent, 24 homes for shared ownership and two specialist homes for social rent was approved by the Council’s Planning & Development Committee in November 2014 but was called in by the Government the following January. 

Council Leader David Ellesmere said: "After a public inquiry in September 2015, the Planning Inspector recommended approval but, after sitting on the report for more than six months, the Secretary of State has now blocked the application on the grounds that the development should contain more homes for sale. 

“This is an astonishing decision. I cannot think of another case in the country where a planning application has been turned down because the housing wasn’t expensive enough. The length of time it has taken the Government to take this decision is likely to cost the Council millions of pounds in lost rent, grants and increased construction costs. All the while, Ipswich families have been left languishing on the housing waiting list and jobs in the construction industry have gone unfilled.” 

The Council will now consider the Government’s decision before it considers its next steps.    

Council 'astonished' as Government turns down housing scheme

A Government decision to reject a planning application for 94 affordable homes at Ravenswood has been greeted with “astonishment” by Ipswich Borough Council.  The Council was informed today that the...

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