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It didn’t need a report by the National Audit Office to tell us that homelessness is rising, writes Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

The increase in the number of people sleeping rough is obvious in Ipswich and towns and cities across the country.

Labour in Ipswich, has been building new homes, but the government is making it increasingly difficult for us.

 

Government policies are fueling homelessness

It didn’t need a report by the National Audit Office to tell us that homelessness is rising, writes Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. The increase in the number of people... Read more

On Wednesday, the House of Commons debated the effects the Pay Cap is having on the NHS, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.  

From 2010 to 2012 public sector pay was frozen, and since 2013 a 1% cap on wages has been in place.  As a result of the cap on pay, wages for our public-sector workers have fallen up to 14% below inflation since 2010.

 

 

Sandy says: Government must act to end the pay cap

On Wednesday, the House of Commons debated the effects the Pay Cap is having on the NHS, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.   From 2010 to 2012 public sector pay was... Read more

Sandy Martin MP has recognised the vital role that East Anglian farmers have contributing to the economy, the countryside and food production as he pledged to Back British Farming at an event in Westminster this week.   

Farming in East Anglia contributes £1.25 billion to the local economy and provides 41,167 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain. 

 

Sandy signs pledge to Back British Farming in East Anglia

Sandy Martin MP has recognised the vital role that East Anglian farmers have contributing to the economy, the countryside and food production as he pledged to Back British Farming at... Read more

Everyone enjoys a meal out now and again, usually as a treat or as special celebration, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

There’s nothing better than relaxing with friends or family over a meal.

But pleasurable memories can be wiped out if the next morning you are tied to the bathroom with a nasty dose of food poisoning.

 

Three quarters of Ipswich food premises have top food hygiene rating

Everyone enjoys a meal out now and again, usually as a treat or as special celebration, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. There’s nothing better than relaxing with friends... Read more

Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich, has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Sandy Martin MP poses in pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research

Sandy Martin to "wear it pink" for breast cancer fundraiser

Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich, has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a... Read more

The results from yesterday's by-elections are in.  Labour candidate, Sarah Adams, held St John's division with an increased majority and an increased share of the vote. 

Elsewhere in the County, Labour won Sudbury South on Babergh District Council by a single vote.

 

Sarah Adams holds St John's division with swing to Labour

The results from yesterday's by-elections are in.  Labour candidate, Sarah Adams, held St John's division with an increased majority and an increased share of the vote.  Elsewhere in the County,... Read more

Sandy Martin sets out why he believes the government must allow reasoned amendments to the Brexit bill legislation.

In June, voters decided the country should have a Conservative-led government. I am honoured that more people in Ipswich chose to vote for me than the Conservative, but across the country more people voted in Conservative MPs than voted in Labour ones. 

Labour believes in democracy.  I am deeply upset that it is the Conservatives who are running our country, cutting back on education and the NHS and the Police, freezing wages, failing to invest in housing and railways and renewable energy.  

Tory plans to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny would be undemocratic and lead to bad legislation

Sandy Martin sets out why he believes the government must allow reasoned amendments to the Brexit bill legislation. In June, voters decided the country should have a Conservative-led government. I... Read more

Polling stations are open in St John's division of Suffolk County Council, for residents to cast their vote for a new County Councillor.

Please use your vote to elect Sarah Adams to fill the vacancy caused by Sandy Martin standing down following his election to Parliament.

 

Vote Today for Sarah Adams in St John's

Polling stations are open in St John's division of Suffolk County Council, for residents to cast their vote for a new County Councillor. Please use your vote to elect Sarah... Read more

It’s great news that the first tenant has been signed up for the ground floor of the old Fisons building in Princes Street, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.

The complete refurbishment of the building was a major step forward for the area. The old building was semi-derelict and a blot on the landscape.

 

 

Working with business to build the Ipswich economy

It’s great news that the first tenant has been signed up for the ground floor of the old Fisons building in Princes Street, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council,... Read more

Local MP, Sandy Martin reports back to residents on his meeting last week with Hospital Chief Executive, Nick Hulme, following the Ipswich/Colchester merger proposals.

On Tuesday 22nd I had a long discussion with Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of Ipswich & Colchester Hospitals, about their proposed merger. I had several questions which I was able to ask Mr Hulme on your behalf. 

How could people afford to travel the extra distance? – There is already a travel expenses scheme for people who can’t afford to travel otherwise, but Mr Hulme agreed he needed to look at alternatives.  In particular, we need a shuttle bus between Ipswich Hospital and Colchester Hospital.

 

Sandy asks the vital questions on Hospital merger plans

Local MP, Sandy Martin reports back to residents on his meeting last week with Hospital Chief Executive, Nick Hulme, following the Ipswich/Colchester merger proposals. On Tuesday 22nd I had a long... Read more

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