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Last week I wrote about the deals Ipswich Borough Council’s commercial property investment company has done, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

These have helped us to protect existing services and to put additional money into improving services such as homelessness prevention.

If this was the only outcome of the deals, that would still be good news.

Labour is helping grow our local economy for the benefit of everyone in Ipswich

Last week I wrote about the deals Ipswich Borough Council’s commercial property investment company has done, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere. These have helped us to protect existing services... Read more

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin, took the opportunity of a House of Commons debate on the Human Habitation Bill to speak up on behalf of tenants with poor landlords.

Speaking on the floor of the House of Commons, Sandy said:

"Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker.  Just last weekend, visiting residents in Ipswich prior to my trip with my honourable friend the Member for Bassetlaw to watch Ipswich Town beat Leeds United one-nil, I called on a couple who invited me into their flat to show me the mould that had accumulated all around their bathroom, under the window in their sitting room, and even in the bedroom.  This couple live in a Council flat in Ipswich, and so I was able to pass on their details to the local Councillors in the expectation that something will be done to rectify the situation.

Sandy speaks up against inadequate housing in Commons debate

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin, took the opportunity of a House of Commons debate on the Human Habitation Bill to speak up on behalf of tenants with poor landlords. Speaking on... Read more

This week yet again the Orwell Bridge has had to close due to high winds, and yet again Ipswich has been plunged into chaos.

Yesterday I publicly challenged the  Transport Minister to meet myself and other local MPs to speed up the plans for a North Ipswich bypass. 

Some people reckon a new road is 20 years away. 

We need action NOW. If Suffolk County Council can achieve a bypass around Saxmundham within 5 years, why not around our county town?

County must act to tackle transport problems in Ipswich

This week yet again the Orwell Bridge has had to close due to high winds, and yet again Ipswich has been plunged into chaos. Yesterday I publicly challenged the  Transport... Read more

On Wednesday evening Parliament voted on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, reports Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. 

Conservative MPs, and Northern Ireland’s DUP MPs, voted for the Bill, and the other MPs voted against. I voted with Labour MPs against this Bill because it is a complete mess and fails to safeguard jobs and the environment.

Sandy on the latest vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill

On Wednesday evening Parliament voted on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, reports Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.  Conservative MPs, and Northern Ireland’s DUP MPs, voted for the Bill, and the other... Read more

There is no doubt that Government funding cuts have hit councils hard, writes Ipswich Borough Labour Leader, David Ellesmere.

Ipswich Borough Council’s core government funding has been cut by £8m a year since 2010. We are facing £12m more cuts over the next four years.

Government cuts are hurting, but wise Labour investment is protecting services

There is no doubt that Government funding cuts have hit councils hard, writes Ipswich Borough Labour Leader, David Ellesmere. Ipswich Borough Council’s core government funding has been cut by £8m... Read more

On Wednesday Theresa May made a statement which I wholeheartedly agree with, writes Sandy Martin MP: That the National Health Service is the best in the world – better than the French, better than the Germans and far better than the United States.  This is based on several studies of the outcomes of health services in the world, and how they help people right across the board.   It is great to have confirmation from experts that the National Health Service really is as good as we think it is.

Why is it so good?  It’s not because we spend more than other countries – we spend significantly less per head than the French and Germans and far far less than the Americans.  But more of the money we spend goes into treatment for the patients who need it the most.  We don’t waste anywhere near as much on insurance and legal fees and administrative costs.  And our health service doesn’t spend huge amounts on some people just because they have got more money than other patients.

Our NHS is best in the world but Tories don't value it

On Wednesday Theresa May made a statement which I wholeheartedly agree with, writes Sandy Martin MP: That the National Health Service is the best in the world – better than... Read more

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin took the opportunity in yesterday's debate on rail franchising to raise concerns about the removal of guards from local train services.

He also pointed out that many of our privatized train services are not privatized at all, but run by nationalized companies of foreign governments.

Sandy raises rail franchise fears in House of Commons

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin took the opportunity in yesterday's debate on rail franchising to raise concerns about the removal of guards from local train services. He also pointed out that... Read more

In most walks of life it is the case that “prevention is better than cure” but not, it seems, in politics, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.

Stopping something bad happening isn’t particularly newsworthy so rarely gets attention and therefore credit.

I was reflecting on this as we prepare our annual budget for Ipswich Borough Council.

One of our proudest achievements since taking control of the council is something that receives little comment: we have managed to protect the council services people in Ipswich have come to expect and deserve.

Prevention is better than cure for our public services

In most walks of life it is the case that “prevention is better than cure” but not, it seems, in politics, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.... Read more

On Wednesday, once again the Orwell Bridge was closed by high winds, writes Sandy Martin MP.

Once again the centre of Ipswich was gridlocked by through-traffic.

Lorries and cars – but predominantly lorries – sat in our town, often for over an hour, their engines running and their drivers becoming increasingly angry. Delivery companies, cab and taxi-drivers, haulage companies and anyone whose business relies on the ability to drive in Ipswich, were haemorrhaging money. And streets which are already polluted, such as Chevalier Street, were bathed in a haze of nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, diesel particulates and other dangerous pollutants.

Orwell Bridge - Action is needed says Sandy

On Wednesday, once again the Orwell Bridge was closed by high winds, writes Sandy Martin MP. Once again the centre of Ipswich was gridlocked by through-traffic. Lorries and cars –... Read more

With Christmas a few days away, Sandy Martin MP wishes all constituents a very Merry Christmas.

At the foot of the 129 stairs that lead from the ground floor of the House of Commons right up to my little office in the attic, there is a bronze bust of Oliver Cromwell.  On Monday, someone turned him round to face the wall. In 1647 Parliament, on the instructions of the “Lord Protector” Oliver Cromwell, decreed that Christmas should be abolished. The Puritans were incensed that anyone should celebrate a religious festival by enjoying themselves.

caption: One of Sandy's Christmas cards designed by pupils of Rose Hill Primary School, Ipswich

Christmas message from Sandy Martin

With Christmas a few days away, Sandy Martin MP wishes all constituents a very Merry Christmas. At the foot of the 129 stairs that lead from the ground floor of... Read more

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