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Earlier this month I attended the Nature Summit organised by Suffolk Wildlife Trust at the Dance East studios on the Waterfront, writes Sandy Martin MP.

I am so impressed with the venue –  I can’t often see shows at Dance East, like the event with schools earlier this week, because I am in London on your behalf, but we can be proud as a town of being host to arts facilities like this of the highest calibre.

The Nature Summit was very well attended by people from across Suffolk – and beyond.

Our wildlife needs protecting

Earlier this month I attended the Nature Summit organised by Suffolk Wildlife Trust at the Dance East studios on the Waterfront, writes Sandy Martin MP. I am so impressed with... Read more

The report last week about salaries and rents in Suffolk made sobering reading, writes Labour's David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council.

Although Ipswich was in the relatively positive position of having salaries increase fastest in Suffolk over the last seven years, this increase was dwarfed by the increase in rents. A 14% increase in income will not make you feel better off if your rent has gone up by 24%.

Ipswich is ready to build our way out of housing crisis, but we need government support

The report last week about salaries and rents in Suffolk made sobering reading, writes Labour's David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council. Although Ipswich was in the relatively positive position... Read more

On Wednesday I asked the Prime Minister what she would do to help people who were waiting for benefit appeals, writes Sandy Martin MP. 

I mentioned Carla Cotton, a brave Ipswich woman who has chosen to go public to draw attention to the impossible position that so many others are also being put into.  Despite her own medical conditions, Carla has been caring for her severely disabled son at home.  The only reason she could do that is because he was getting benefits for his disability, and she was getting support for being his carer. 

Since he had his higher rate of Disability Living Allowance taken away last August, Carla has lost other benefits as well, including the carer’s allowance.  She is sure that the decision in August was wrong, and so she appealed against it, but her appeal won’t be heard until the end of this month.  In the meantime she has not had enough money to pay for her family’s needs, has fallen into debt, and risks losing her oven and washing machine.

Sandy questions Prime Minister on the evils of benefits system

On Wednesday I asked the Prime Minister what she would do to help people who were waiting for benefit appeals, writes Sandy Martin MP.  I mentioned Carla Cotton, a brave... Read more

Yesterday, something between a quarter and a third of registered voters in Ipswich cast a vote for the council candidate of their choice, writes Sandy Martin MP.

I can be fairly sure of that, although the count hadn’t yet taken place when I wrote this, because it has been so at every council election I have attended since 1993.  

That means between two thirds and three quarters of voters in Ipswich didn’t vote this year, and many of them have probably never voted in a council election unless it happened to coincide with a General Election.

Sandy Martin reflects on the local elections

Yesterday, something between a quarter and a third of registered voters in Ipswich cast a vote for the council candidate of their choice, writes Sandy Martin MP. I can be... Read more

Voting for the council elections starts at 7am tomorrow and ends at 10pm, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

I would urge everyone to go out and vote.

Local elections are about choosing how our councils are run. Sometimes that choice isn’t clear because the differences between the main parties isn’t obvious.

However, here in Ipswich the choice is clear because we can see side-by-side how Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council operates compared to Conservative-run Suffolk County Council.

Vote Labour on Thursday 2nd May

Voting for the council elections starts at 7am tomorrow and ends at 10pm, writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. I would urge everyone to go out and vote. Local... Read more

Over the last few weeks, Labour Party candidates and members in Ipswich have delivered more than 100,000 leaflets and knocked on tens of thousands of doors across our town.

Many postal voters have already cast their vote, while most of us will be voting at a polling station next Thursday.

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Vote Labour next Thursday

Over the last few weeks, Labour Party candidates and members in Ipswich have delivered more than 100,000 leaflets and knocked on tens of thousands of doors across our town. Many... Read more

On Wednesday morning I walked across College Green to Parliament, writes Sandy Martin MP.

It is the most direct route from my flat, but I haven’t been able to do it since last autumn because the whole area has been filled with the tents and scaffolding where the world’s television cameras have camped out to interview MPs about Brexit.

Now all that remains are big brown patches where the grass has been worn through or died from lack of sun. The media circus has moved on.

Sandy Martin talks Brexit fatigue and Climate Change

On Wednesday morning I walked across College Green to Parliament, writes Sandy Martin MP. It is the most direct route from my flat, but I haven’t been able to do... Read more

Save Suffolk's Children's Centres

Our children's centres are a vital lifeline for hundreds of families.  Sandy Martin joined County Councillors and concerned parents today to launch Labour's petition against further Children's Centre closures.

Sandy Martin MP Launches Petition to Save Children's Centres

Save Suffolk's Children's Centres Our children's centres are a vital lifeline for hundreds of families.  Sandy Martin joined County Councillors and concerned parents today to launch Labour's petition against further... Read more

For many parents the long summer holidays can be a time of anxiety. How do you keep the children entertained and out of trouble and how do you afford it?

Free Summer iCard Made Permanent

For many parents the long summer holidays can be a time of anxiety. How do you keep the children entertained and out of trouble and how do you afford it?... Read more

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