Gipping Ward - Elizabeth Hughes
Elizabeth is the Labour Party Candidate for Gipping Ward for the Ipswich Borough Council elections on 3rd May 2018.
Living on London Road in Gipping Ward, Elizabeth enjoys life in Ipswich. Elizabeth is married to David and they are proud grandparents to two little girls, one of whom is attending a local primary school in Ipswich.
Elizabeth's professional background is extensive. After graduating in the 1980s, her first job was teaching Adult Literacy and Numeracy to disabled people and coaching unemployed people into training and education. In 1996 she joined a global consumer product manufacturing company, working as a Legal Assistant and more latterly in Quality Assurance.
Elizabeth has always been an activist, working with and for her community - in housing and tenants groups, in her trade union (GMB) and in politics. Elizabeth is an experienced elected representative, having served the communities in her previous home town for more than 12 years as a councillor. "It's simple - being a councillor is all about representing your constituents as well as you can and always for their benefit; whether as individuals, as groups with a single issue or the community as a whole. You have to be fair and you have to stand up for the people who you represent".
"If I am elected to represent Gipping Ward, I will be representing where I live, so you will see me in the community, at the shops, using local amenities, in the park and always around and about. I would be a Local Labour Councillor, there for the benefit of local people, many of who will be my neighbours".
There is a lot of change coming to Ipswich. "I've always been involved in change wherever I've lived. I have represented my community every time I possibly could and spoken up to get the best possible outcome for as many people as possible. I would be a strong voice in Ipswich for the people of Gipping Ward and I would work to ensure that whatever change comes, they have the best possible opportunity to benefit from it. Ipswich has a very good council and I would welcome working with the team that is delivering the future for Ipswich and continuing to make Ipswich a better place for us all to live in".
Elizabeth has also stood for Parliament in three national elections in East Anglia: in North Essex, Mid Norfolk and, this summer, in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.