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Adam Rae has been selected as Labour candidate for the Alexandra Ward by-election which is to be held on Thursday 26th September. 

Labour members from Alexandra Ward met on Monday evening to select our candidate for the seat vacated by Adam Leeder.

Announcing five pledges to Alexandra Ward residents, Adam Rae said: "I can see the difference a Labour council makes. Despite Tory Government cuts, Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council is protecting existing services and making improvements too.  All we get from the Conservative-run County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner are cut after cut. If you vote for me I can continue Labour’s good work in Alexandra."

  • A permanent free young persons' Summer iCard
  • Build new council houses including 16 new homes at Grimwade Street
  • Upgrade CCTV in town centre to provide wider coverage and better quality pictures
  • Improve air quality by changing council's vehicles to electric and installing charging points in new council car parks
  • Continue to support free events such as Maritime Festival, Windrush Day & One Big Multi-cultural Festival

Adam has lived in Alexandra Ward for 30 years and is married to Jane Riley, Alexandra Ward councillor and Mayor of Ipswich 2018/19. Their three children all attended Clifford Road Primary School.  Adam and Jane met at the University of Hull where Adam studied for his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  For the last twenty years, Adam has run his own IT company.

Adam is Treasurer of the Ipswich Society and membership Secretary of the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust.  He plays badminton in local leagues and represents Suffolk in the sport. He is also a black belt in martial arts and regularly teaches classes of children and adults.  

If you live in Alexandra Ward, you can expect a visit from Adam and the Labour Team over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Alexandra Ward by-election candidate announced

Adam Rae has been selected as Labour candidate for the Alexandra Ward by-election which is to be held on Thursday 26th September.  Labour members from Alexandra Ward met on Monday...

Adam Leeder, Alexandra Ward councillor since 2012 has stepped down from Ipswich Borough Council from today, following his appointment to a politically restricted role in the civil service.

A by-election will be held on Thursday 26th September to fill the vacancy caused by Adam's resignation.

Adam was first elected as our councillor in Alexandra ward in 2012 - winning the seat from the Lib Dems. During his time on the Council, he served on the Council's Central Area, Strategic Overview & Scrutiny and Audit & Governance committees, and has previously served on the Council's Executive.
Adam's Alexandra ward colleague, John Cook paid tribute to Adam's work as a councillor: "I know that Adam is disappointed to be stepping down from the Council, but is looking forward to starting his new job.
"I first got to know Adam at the end of his first year at University, when he spent the summer holidays working as a volunteer in the Labour Party Office.  He subsequently went on to work part-time for Meg Munn MP in Sheffield while he continued his university studies, and then as Chris Mole's Westminster based researcher until 2010.  Adam stood as Labour Candidate for Suffolk Coastal in 2010 and won his Council seat in Alexandra Ward in 2012.  He has been a great colleague to work with, both as a ward colleague, and as my vice-chair on the Audit & Governance Committee."

Labour Party members in Alexandra ward will be meeting next Monday to select a new candidate to contest the by-election.

Adam Leeder steps down from Council

Adam Leeder, Alexandra Ward councillor since 2012 has stepped down from Ipswich Borough Council from today, following his appointment to a politically restricted role in the civil service. A by-election...

Ipswich loves elephants, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. That much is clear since the Elmer trail descended on our town.

From the off, families were on the trail with apps and maps, taking photos of excited children next to Elmers.

One evening, I saw a huge group of runners congregating outside Sailmakers who were about to run the entire trail.

I’ve even met a group of blokes on a pub crawl round them. Not for everyone, but it will certainly have given a boost to Ipswich’s pubs!

The project supports St Elizabeth Hospice, a cause close to the heart of Suffolk people. Norman Lloyd has done a wonderful job again. It’s a massive task which has taken well over a year to co-ordinate. Norman has persuaded the entire Suffolk community to sponsor Elmers – businesses, schools, and councils – and thousands of us get to enjoy the results and support the Hospice at the same time.

I’ve been amazed by the imagination of the artists, and the way in which their work brightens up our streets – you just have to stop and look.

Of course everyone has their favourites. Mine has got to be “Woolmer-I-Am” in the Buttermarket Centre, a brilliant replica of the mammoth in Ipswich Museum.

Another joy of the Elmers is the puns in their names. My favourite is probably “The Room in the Elephant” in Arras Square.

The Elmer trail is for everyone. People on a limited budget can have hours of fun for very little cost – especially when coupled with our 3 hours free parking on Sundays at Crown Car Park.

It brings thousands of people into the town centre who will hopefully also spend money in our shops and cafes.

The Council given a lot of support:  Elmer HQ is in the Town Hall; we have provided homes for a large number of Elmers around the town – not least at the Museum and Mansion; and we have sponsored two Elmers – Wool.i.am and an Elmer outside Christchurch Park celebrating our local artists.

Everybody wins. St Elizabeth Hospice raise much-needed funds, families have a great time and town centre businesses get extra trade. That’s why everyone loves Elmer!

Elmer trail is a winner for our town

Ipswich loves elephants, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. That much is clear since the Elmer trail descended on our town. From the off, families were on the trail...

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