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In his first Ipswich Star column, reproduced here, Ipswich Council leader, David Ellesmere reflects on Thursday's local elections in Ipswich.

This is my first column for a month due to Archant’s impartiality guidelines during the Ipswich Borough Council elections.

It doesn’t feel like I’ve had much of a rest though!  Like thousands of members of all political parties I have spent the last month tramping the streets, delivering leaflets and listening to what people have to say on the doorstep.

Reflections on the local election campaign

In his first Ipswich Star column, reproduced here, Ipswich Council leader, David Ellesmere reflects on Thursday's local elections in Ipswich. This is my first column for a month due to... Read more

Only one seat changed hands in Ipswich in Thursday's Borough Council elections - a Labour gain to add to the eleven seats the Party was defending.  Labour's share of the vote increased across the town.

Jan Parry has been elected as the new Labour Councillor for Holywells ward after winning the seat by just 45 votes. Jan (right) is pictured leaving the Count with County Councillor Mandy Gaylard and fellow Holywells Councillor Barry Studd. The result was announced at Ipswich Corn Exchange following a tense recount that went on into the early hours this morning.

Labour increases majority on Ipswich Council

Only one seat changed hands in Ipswich in Thursday's Borough Council elections - a Labour gain to add to the eleven seats the Party was defending.  Labour's share of the vote... Read more

Last week, at my regular meeting with Ipswich’s Police Superintendent, we discussed knife crime, writes Sandy Martin MP.

Knife crime in Ipswich is still far higher than any of us would wish, although not as high as has been reported in some cases.  We agreed that education was key to preventing young people from getting involved in gangs that use knives, and getting through to them that carrying a knife made them - and everyone around them – less safe, not more. 

The Police bring the issue to schools at Year 6, through Crucial Crew, and also at Year 9 with a new drama-discussion, so that they can help the children work out for themselves that knives are a really bad idea.

Sandy demands a fair deal for young people

Last week, at my regular meeting with Ipswich’s Police Superintendent, we discussed knife crime, writes Sandy Martin MP. Knife crime in Ipswich is still far higher than any of us... Read more

Kavas Jamas Badshah, from India, was elected Mayor of Ipswich in 1925, following distinguished service during the First Word War and as an Ipswich Alderman, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. But there was no question of special favours - it was based on the understanding that he would make a good Mayor for our town, and so it proved.

Hamil Clarke MBE, former Mayor of Ipswich, pictured in his mayoral year.

Sandy speaks up for Windrush generation

Kavas Jamas Badshah, from India, was elected Mayor of Ipswich in 1925, following distinguished service during the First Word War and as an Ipswich Alderman, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. But... Read more

One thing I’ve learned from my time as leader of the council is that any project which involves property takes an age to complete, writes Councillor David Ellesmere.

A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes to sort out financial, legal and physical issues. But because this isn’t visible it can often seem as though nothing is happening.

In the past few weeks though, we have seen a large number of big projects in Ipswich very publicly moving forwards.

Positive signs for a number of big projects in Ipswich

One thing I’ve learned from my time as leader of the council is that any project which involves property takes an age to complete, writes Councillor David Ellesmere. A huge... Read more

On 22nd March the joint Transport, Health and Environment Select Committees launched their Air Quality Report, which I contributed to, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. 

It makes pretty stark reading.  Independent health bodies estimate that 40,000 people per year die prematurely in the UK as a result of air pollution, the second highest number of preventable deaths after smoking. 

Pollutants such as Nitrous Oxide and Particulates are disproportionately caused by diesel engines, but all fossil fuel engines pollute the air.

Sandy calls for action on air quality

On 22nd March the joint Transport, Health and Environment Select Committees launched their Air Quality Report, which I contributed to, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin.  It makes pretty stark reading. ... Read more

The £2.8m investment Ipswich Borough Council is making in new temporary accommodation for people who are made homeless caught the headlines, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.

But, out of the public eye, the council spends even more than this every year improving and maintaining our existing council homes.

This year our programme comes to nearly £9m.

Caption: Council Leader, David Ellesmere, and Housing Portfolio Holder, Neil MacDonald outside Ipswich's new homeless unit.

Only Labour will invest in homes

The £2.8m investment Ipswich Borough Council is making in new temporary accommodation for people who are made homeless caught the headlines, writes Labour Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, David Ellesmere.... Read more

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Since 2010, the Government has seriously underfunded the NHS, writes Sandy Martin MP.  Even within the context of a nationally underfunded NHS, Ipswich Hospital got a particularly bad financial settlement in the year just coming to an end. The situation is now critical.

Ipswich Hospital is good, but it needs serious improvements.  Doctors, nurses and other medical staff need to be able to communicate better, especially between departments.  Patients must not get the wrong treatment – or no treatment at all – because the relevant person was not told their condition.  Labour believes that the shortage of trained staff potentially poses a real danger to patients.  We want to see the Government fund Ipswich Hospital properly so that it can provide the staff it needs.  And the Government needs to make sure the staff are paid properly, so that the exodus of highly trained staff stops.

Sandy Martin - My take on Hospital merger plan

Since 2010, the Government has seriously underfunded the NHS, writes Sandy Martin MP.  Even within the context of a nationally underfunded NHS, Ipswich Hospital got a particularly bad financial settlement in... Read more

David Ellesmere reports on Suffolk Tories' bid to take over Ipswich.

Colin Noble, the leader of Suffolk County Council, has announced he is paying consultants Respublica £68,000 to propose changes to how councils are run in Suffolk.

Respublica wrote a previous report that said, in places like Suffolk, all borough and district councils should be abolished and there should just be one “unitary” county council which runs everything.

So the conclusion of their report is probably already written and the £68,000 is for them to concoct the evidence to back this up.

A unitary Suffolk Council would be disaster for Ipswich

David Ellesmere reports on Suffolk Tories' bid to take over Ipswich. Colin Noble, the leader of Suffolk County Council, has announced he is paying consultants Respublica £68,000 to propose changes... Read more

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