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On Wednesday evening, parts of the Yellowhammer report became available, writes Sandy Martin MP.  

This is the document prepared for the Conservative Government to describe the probable consequences of a no-deal Brexit.  Until Wednesday evening only Boris Johnson and his Cabinet knew what was in it.

Sandy rejects "No deal" while respecting Referendum result

On Wednesday evening, parts of the Yellowhammer report became available, writes Sandy Martin MP.   This is the document prepared for the Conservative Government to describe the probable consequences of a... Read more

Earlier this month I was privileged to be asked to speak at the Annual General Meeting of Ipswich Citizen’s Advice, writes Cllr David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council.

This was a special occasion marking 80 years to the day since the opening of the first Citizens Advice Bureaux and 45 years since Citizens Advice opened in Ipswich.

Ipswich CAB more vital than ever

Earlier this month I was privileged to be asked to speak at the Annual General Meeting of Ipswich Citizen’s Advice, writes Cllr David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council. This... Read more

Ipswich Labour Councillor, Shelly Darwin is one of the first graduates of the Bernie Grant Leadership Programme.

The programme was launched by Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central in March 2019.  Bernie Grant, after whom the programme is named, was a trail-blazing Black MP, elected alongside Labour colleagues Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng in 1987, as the first black Members of Parliament.

Shelly Darwin celebrates Bernie Grant Leadership Programme success

Ipswich Labour Councillor, Shelly Darwin is one of the first graduates of the Bernie Grant Leadership Programme. The programme was launched by Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central in March... Read more

What a weekend! Ed Sheeran’s four homecoming gigs in Chantry Park with the 160,000 people who have seen his show giving rave reviews, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

To extend the Ed experience further I recommend the “Made In Suffolk” exhibition at Christchurch Mansion. Whether you are an Ed Sheeran fan or not, you will love your visit.

The exhibition is curated by Ed’s dad John and documents Ed’s life from small boy in Suffolk to global megastar.

Ipswich will benefit from "Ed dividend" long after weekend's concerts

What a weekend! Ed Sheeran’s four homecoming gigs in Chantry Park with the 160,000 people who have seen his show giving rave reviews, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere. To... Read more

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.

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... Read more

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 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... Read more

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.

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... Read more

The Winerack building is at last free of scaffolding, dust-sheeting and its crane, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. The Hold near the University is making rapid progress.  The old Maltings building at Princes Street bridge is now unveiled as prestigious new office suites.  We are beginning to see a new dynamic Ipswich growing out of the areas of dereliction left over from our industrial past.  There’s a long way to go, of course – we know we’ve only just started and the potential is enormous.  Ipswich is an exciting place to be.

Last Saturday Ipswich Town won the first match of the season in League One, and tomorrow I feel confident that our team can win its first home game of the season too.  I will be using my season ticket whenever I can so I can cheer on Town until we’re back in the Championship.  That’s just the start too, of course – we can and will be in the Premier League again in football just as much as economically and culturally.

 

Ipswich's future is bright, but we must protect environment

The Winerack building is at last free of scaffolding, dust-sheeting and its crane, writes Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin. The Hold near the University is making rapid progress.  The old Maltings building... Read more

A sure-fire way to place the age of someone in Ipswich is how they refer to the former nightclub on Princes Street, says Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

Did you used to go to Hollywoods and Trader Jacks? Or was it Kartouche, Zest or the Malthouse?

Now we have to get used to calling it another name – The Maltings – as it begins a new life as the latest quality office development in Ipswich.

 

Labour-run Council helps make Ipswich a great place to do business

A sure-fire way to place the age of someone in Ipswich is how they refer to the former nightclub on Princes Street, says Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere. Did you... Read more

This week the Education Policy Institute published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England, writes Sandy Martin MP.

This report looks at whether our education system is closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and the majority, and it is a very clear indicator of whether we are leaving some of our young people behind. It considers how the gap has changed since 2011 and how it varies across the country. It also looks at where students go and what they do with their lives after they have taken their GCSEs.

Government must show ambition to improve opportunities for young people

This week the Education Policy Institute published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England, writes Sandy Martin MP. This report looks at whether our education system... Read more

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