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Sandy Martin MP writes on the Tories Brexit plan.

After a narrow majority of people voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Parliament respected that Referendum by voting to trigger Article 50, to prepare to leave. 

Like leaving home, you need not just to say goodbye to your family but also to check that you have packed all the things you need, that you have a flat to move to and that you know where it is and how to get there.  That’s why there are 2 years between signalling the intention to leave, which we did, and actually leaving, which is what will happen on March 29 next year unless there is a massive change of heart.

Tory Brexit chaos

Sandy Martin MP writes on the Tories Brexit plan. After a narrow majority of people voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Parliament respected that Referendum by voting to... Read more

On Sunday hundreds of thousands of people across the country stopped to remember the dead of all wars, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

The fact that Remembrance Day this year was also the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War made the ceremonies particularly poignant.

This war still haunts the national consciousness: the scale of the mechanised slaughter and the effect on all aspects of life on the home front – nothing like this had ever been seen before.

Brave servicemen and women deserve to be remembered throughout the year

On Sunday hundreds of thousands of people across the country stopped to remember the dead of all wars, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere. The fact that Remembrance Day this... Read more

This week the Secretary of State for Health called for prevention rather than cure as the solution to the funding crisis in the National Health Service, writes Sandy Martin MP.

This is nothing new. But if we really want to improve people’s health we have got to look at other factors apart from medicine.

One of those factors is the food we eat. We have a growing obesity crisis, and record numbers with Type 2 Diabetes. Any government which has the best interests of its citizens at heart will encourage and enable people to eat more healthily. And we also need a programme to support farmers to grow the healthy food we need.

Agriculture Bill could make a real difference to farmers, farm workers, consumers and the countryside

This week the Secretary of State for Health called for prevention rather than cure as the solution to the funding crisis in the National Health Service, writes Sandy Martin MP.... Read more

Hats off to Conservative MP Tracey Crouch who resigned as a minister last week in protest at Government delays in reducing the maximum stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), writes Ipswich Borough Council Leader, David Ellesmere.

Politicians rarely get a good press and are usually regarded as being more interested in advancing their career than matters of principle. It is to Tracey’s credit that she has chosen principle over person interest.

Much less creditable is the Government’s behaviour over FOBTs.

Government should act faster on fixed odds betting terminals

Hats off to Conservative MP Tracey Crouch who resigned as a minister last week in protest at Government delays in reducing the maximum stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), writes... Read more

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin took his chance to speak in the budget debate last week, and this is what he said.

This Budget was billed as the “end of Austerity”.  Alas, it was nothing of the sort. It is true that the Chancellor allowed another £15 billion into the economy, with £11 billion increase in spending and £4 billion cut in taxes. But that represents just 1.8% of the £842 billion total government expenditure next year, around the same level as the average growth rate for the country, and a much smaller percentage than the rate of inflation. 

Sandy speaks in budget debate

Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin took his chance to speak in the budget debate last week, and this is what he said. This Budget was billed as the “end of Austerity”. ... Read more

I make no apology for returning to the subject of police cuts, writes David Ellesmere.

Last week the influential Home Affairs Select Committee published a damning report saying that policing risks becoming “irrelevant” as the number of officers on the beat is slashed and huge numbers of crimes go unsolved and unpunished.

Since 2010 neighbourhood policing in Britain has been cut by a third. Over the last three years recorded crime has risen by a third but charges and summonses have fallen by a quarter. The number of arrests has also fallen.

Tories have created conditions that have increased crime. Will they use budget to start addressing problem?

I make no apology for returning to the subject of police cuts, writes David Ellesmere. Last week the influential Home Affairs Select Committee published a damning report saying that policing... Read more

Last Friday, I walked around the junctions leading into St Helens Street with a traffic engineer, to discuss what could be done to reduce the terrible congestion that everyone approaching the town centre from the North East has faced for years.

Sandy demands action from County on roads chaos

Last Friday, I walked around the junctions leading into St Helens Street with a traffic engineer, to discuss what could be done to reduce the terrible congestion that everyone approaching... Read more

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has appointed Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich, as Shadow Minister for Waste and Recycling.

The role will be the first ever ministerial or shadow position covering both waste and recycling and with a dedicated focus on the world's plastics crisis. It comes in the same week that humans have been found to be eating plastic particles.

Sandy Martin appointed shadow minister for waste and recycling

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has appointed Sandy Martin, MP for Ipswich, as Shadow Minister for Waste and Recycling. The role will be the first ever ministerial or... Read more

The Prime Minister was wrong to say at the Conservative Party Conference that austerity is over, writes Sandy Martin MP.

Schools are paid less per pupil – and expect more cuts.  Hospitals are struggling, and this week the Health Secretary said he expected A&E waiting times to exceed targets. Our Police are fighting unprecedented levels of organised crime with far fewer officers and staff than before.  And many working people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came into power in 2010.

Austerity must end - so what would Labour do?

The Prime Minister was wrong to say at the Conservative Party Conference that austerity is over, writes Sandy Martin MP. Schools are paid less per pupil – and expect more... Read more

A Labour motion to yesterday's County Council meeting which would have allocated a £15,000 budget to provide tampons and sanitary towels in all local authority schools was amended out of recognition by Tories who described Labour's plan as “a small amount of cash for a small amount of girls”.

The motion also called for the Council to encourage academies, colleges and pupil referral units to provide the same, and asked for the Council to write to central government demanding VAT be removed from sanitary products.

County Tories vote down Labour plans to end period poverty in Suffolk schools

A Labour motion to yesterday's County Council meeting which would have allocated a £15,000 budget to provide tampons and sanitary towels in all local authority schools was amended out of... Read more

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