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The main role of your Member of Parliament is to vote on Bills and motions in the House of Commons, and I have of course been doing that, writes Ipswich Labour MP, Sandy Martin.

On Wednesday night we voted twice to try to strengthen the protections for the environment and for workers’ rights when we leave the EU.  We got the Government majority down to 12, but although several Conservatives knew that we were right, and said so openly in the House, almost all of them sheepishly trooped through the Government lobby when it came to the vote.

My other main role is to work with individual residents and with groups in Ipswich in order to represent your interests and achieve the best results for our Town. 

 

Sandy Martin: My week in Westminster

The main role of your Member of Parliament is to vote on Bills and motions in the House of Commons, and I have of course been doing that, writes Ipswich... Read more

The first week in November is when Living Wage Foundation announces what the new hourly Real Living Wage rate will be, writes David Ellesmere.

The new rate is £8.75 an hour.

In contrast the Government’s “National Living Wage” is currently only £7.50 an hour. If you’re aged 21 to 24 the minimum wage is only £7.05 and if you’re 18 to 20 it is just £5.60.

Ipswich is proud to be only Living Wage council in Suffolk

The first week in November is when Living Wage Foundation announces what the new hourly Real Living Wage rate will be, writes David Ellesmere. The new rate is £8.75 an... Read more

Sandy Martin asks Ipswich residents to join him in signing the petition organised by Luciana Berger MP calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ring-fence mental health spending in the forthcoming budget.

If you agree with Sandy that this is a priority, please sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/mentalhealthmatters

Sandy says: Please sign petition to ring fence mental health spending

Sandy Martin asks Ipswich residents to join him in signing the petition organised by Luciana Berger MP calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ring-fence mental health spending in...

Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.

There are many things we rely on which we cannot just buy over the counter – the Police, schools, the National Health Service, roads.  The most accountable way to pay for these things is by tax, because we have democratic local and national government to decide on these taxes.  As you have to pay taxes you should have some sort of say over what they are and how they are levied.

 

Taxation: The price of living in a civilised society

Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. There are many things we rely on which we cannot just buy over... Read more

At the end of half term week I had the privilege to attend the world premiere screening of a new film, writes Councillor David Ellesmere.

It wasn’t a major blockbuster. It didn’t star any well-known actors. You won’t see it at a cinema.

No, what was special about this film was that it was the product of the first British Film Institute Academy course held in Ipswich.

 

Screen Suffolk offers exciting opportunities

At the end of half term week I had the privilege to attend the world premiere screening of a new film, writes Councillor David Ellesmere. It wasn’t a major blockbuster.... Read more

In October it was reported that our mental health trust – the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) – had been rated inadequate and placed in Special Measures for the second time, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.  

Various reasons were given, but they mostly stemmed from three causes – not enough staff, insufficient beds and poor management.  The new Chief Executive Julie Cave was appointed on the day that the report came out, so the Trust is making serious moves to improve the management.

 

Local mental health services must improve

In October it was reported that our mental health trust – the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) – had been rated inadequate and placed in Special Measures for... Read more

“By introducing votes at 16 we could reverse the trend for lower and lower turnout levels” says Sandy Martin, speaking in support of the "Votes at 16" campaign.

If you agree him, join the campaign at http://www.votesat16.org/

 

 

Sandy Martin backs votes at 16 campaign

“By introducing votes at 16 we could reverse the trend for lower and lower turnout levels” says Sandy Martin, speaking in support of the "Votes at 16" campaign. If you... Read more

A few months ago, the company Informi published a survey which said that Ipswich was the number one location in the UK to start a new business, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

I suspect this wasn’t the answer they were expecting because the headline on their website read: “The Best Location To Start A Business In The UK Might Surprise You”!

 

Ipswich is a great place to do business, but we're doing more

A few months ago, the company Informi published a survey which said that Ipswich was the number one location in the UK to start a new business, writes Ipswich Council... Read more

On Wednesday, a group of Ipswich residents visited Sandy Martin MP at Parliament to discuss the problems facing older carers – mostly parents whose adult “children” are unable to live independent lives and for whom there is no reasonable alternative to living at home.

Sandy writes: There are people in their 60s and 70s who are still caring for sons and daughters in their 40s, adults who may be physically strong but not mentally or psychologically capable of making daily decisions which the rest of us take for granted. Naturally, these parents are worried about what will happen to their charges once they are too frail to care for them any more.

 

Most vulnerable need government support for housing needs

On Wednesday, a group of Ipswich residents visited Sandy Martin MP at Parliament to discuss the problems facing older carers – mostly parents whose adult “children” are unable to live... Read more

The chorus of opposition to Universal Credit is getting louder and louder, writes Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere, but the ironic thing is that, when it was first announced, it probably did have almost universal support.

The original declared intentions of simplifying the complex system of benefits and tax credits and reducing the cliff-edge people face moving from unemployment into work were something that most people would agree with.

The scale of opposition to Universal Credit now is a measure of how far it has moved from these objectives.

 

David Ellesmere: Opposition to Universal Credit growing stronger

The chorus of opposition to Universal Credit is getting louder and louder, writes Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere, but the ironic thing is that, when it was first announced, it... Read more

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