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History will mention 2019 as the year the UK left the European Union, or just possibly as the year the UK did NOT leave the European Union, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.

Article 50, which enables us to leave, was triggered in Spring 2017 and on March 30th 2019 the UK will no longer be a member, unless Parliament suspends or cancels Article 50 before that date.  Neither would be easy, and without a proposed way forward – either an agreed deal and a fresh referendum to sanction it, or a General Election and the prospect of a new better deal -  the EU wouldn’t accept a suspension.  In any case, given the referendum vote in 2016 it would be undemocratic to cancel Brexit without another referendum.

Sandy's message for the New Year

History will mention 2019 as the year the UK left the European Union, or just possibly as the year the UK did NOT leave the European Union, writes Ipswich MP,... Read more

Christmas is nearly here and for most of us, after the last-minute present buying and dinner preparations, it is a time of rest and enjoyment with family and friends, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

But do spare a thought for those who spend their Christmas Day working.

People don’t stop being ill just because it’s Christmas and our wonderful NHS staff will be looking after them tomorrow just as they do every day.

Spare a thought for those who work at Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and for most of us, after the last-minute present buying and dinner preparations, it is a time of rest and enjoyment with family and friends, writes... Read more

Throughout human history people have celebrated the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, writes Sandy Martin MP.  

In the Northern Hemisphere this is the time when the days stop becoming shorter and the sun gradually starts to rise earlier and earlier again. For Christians, this is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus but, whether or not you are a Christian, most of the Christmas message rings just as true for all of us.

A Christmas message from Sandy Martin MP

Throughout human history people have celebrated the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, writes Sandy Martin MP.   In the Northern Hemisphere this is the time... Read more

The old political saying “a week is a long time in politics” has never been truer, writes Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

Last week we saw Theresa May cancel the vote on her Brexit deal because she knew it would be defeated.

We will all suffer the consequences of Theresa May's failure

The old political saying “a week is a long time in politics” has never been truer, writes Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. Last week we saw Theresa May cancel the... Read more

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin reflects on another week of Tory chaos on Brexit.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you” – the poem, “If”, goes on to make all sorts of worthy but unrealistic demands, and a joker finished the sentence above with “…then you’ve probably misunderstood the situation.” 

But in politics, all too often people are losing their heads and then blaming it on everyone else.  And that’s not just the politicians.

 

Another week of Tory Brexit chaos

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin reflects on another week of Tory chaos on Brexit. “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on... Read more

If the Kiss and Tell exhibition at Christchurch Mansion wasn’t wonderful enough, Ipswich has now got a second must-see show. The Women100 exhibition has just opened at the Ipswich Art Gallery in High Street.

The Friends of Ipswich Museum were successful in getting a grant to fund the project, and the Council’s museums team has put together a great collection of 100 works by women artists from Ipswich and Suffolk. Most are from the Borough’s own collections.

David Ellesmere previews Ipswich's Women100 exhibition

If the Kiss and Tell exhibition at Christchurch Mansion wasn’t wonderful enough, Ipswich has now got a second must-see show. The Women100 exhibition has just opened at the Ipswich Art... Read more

On Tuesday, MPs vote on the Withdrawal Agreement that the Prime Minister has agreed with Europe, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.

The Withdrawal Agreement is not a trade deal, or a set of principles on which a trade deal can be based, or a statement of the relationships we will have with the EU. It doesn’t answer most questions, but it makes it clear that we will not have a fully-functioning single market – which is bad for British jobs – and still shackles us to the European Court of Justice – which is bad for those people who want us to be governed solely by our own laws.

Sandy reports back on this week's Brexit vote

On Tuesday, MPs vote on the Withdrawal Agreement that the Prime Minister has agreed with Europe, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. The Withdrawal Agreement is not a trade deal, or... Read more

One positive note is that police may finally be getting more funding – possibly up to £620 million next year, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

Unfortunately, two thirds of that will get swallowed up on increased pension payments with no improvements to frontline policing.

Will Suffolk's Tory Police & Crime Commissioner raise council tax by 13%?

One positive note is that police may finally be getting more funding – possibly up to £620 million next year, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere. Unfortunately, two thirds of... Read more

"Does anyone remember the Big Society?" asks Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

It was the Conservative’s big idea when they won the general election in 2010. The state had got too big and impersonal and instead charities and the voluntary sector who knew their area better were going to take over.

I remember going to the Annual General Meeting of a local charity which was addressed by newly elected Conservative MP Ben Gummer. He told them they were on the verge of a new golden age – I think he used those exact words – where they would get cash from Government contracts to get unemployed people off the dole and into work.

Suffolk Tories slash CAB funding

"Does anyone remember the Big Society?" asks Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. It was the Conservative’s big idea when they won the general election in 2010. The state had... Read more

On Tuesday I asked the Government what estimate they had made of the level of staff vacancies in the NHS, writes Sandy Martin MP.

The answer I got was about doctors and nurses employed in hospital wards, it was not about vacancies. That was a shame, because over and over again the reason our mental health services appear to be failing is that they do not have enough staff, and I want to know whether health ministers appreciate that.

Sandy demands action on mental health services in Suffolk

On Tuesday I asked the Government what estimate they had made of the level of staff vacancies in the NHS, writes Sandy Martin MP. The answer I got was about... Read more

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