Labour Council Leader and Parliamentary Candidate, David Ellesmere, took up the challenge from hospital staff union, Unison, to help their campaign against car park price increases proposed by Ipswich Hospital managers.
While Unison campaigned amongst Hospital staff, David took the fight to nearby streets, collecting signatures on a petition opposing the price increase.
And yesterday, the campaign reached a successful conclusion when Ipswich Hospital's Combined Board shelved plans to increase car park charges for Hospital staff.
Speaking after the Hospital announced its decision to defer any changes to current rates for the next twelve months, Unison regional officer, Yvonne Cleary declared the decision a major victory for UNISON members. In a message to Ipswich Labour Party, Yvonne thanked David for his support: "Thanks for all your help and support. I delivered the resident's petition together with a letter which included some of the comments you sent me from the residents. I really believe that is what made the difference."
In addition to supporting Hospital staff, many of whom work shifts which make driving to work the only option, David believes that an increase in parking charges for staff would have exasperated parking problems in nearby streets. He also feels that it would be quickly followed by increases in charges faced by hospital patients and visitors.