St Helen’s street campaign

When the council proposed a new road layout for St Helen’s street in the centre of Ipswich which would have caused misery to local residents, Ben stepped in. Suffolk County Council listened to Ben’s arguments and changed their plans.

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Libraries saved

Suffolk County Council has consulted on “divesting” Stoke and Rosehill libraries. Whilst Ben welcomed better community participation, he was critical of the County Council’s approach to libraries and the way it had consulted the public. After discussions between local MPs and councillors, the County Council has agreed to protect libraries…

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Sure Start protected

Ben has made Sure Start a plank of his election campaign, after opponents claimed Sure Start Children’s Centres would be shut. After Ben fought from day one for Ipswich’s Sure Start centre, not only has every Centre been guaranteed funding for the period 2010-2012 but two new centres have been…

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School crossings saved

The County Council had threatened school crossing patrols in Ipswich and across Suffolk. Ben secured ministerial agreement to amend regulations so that volunteers or non-county council staff could man school crossings. Then, after intensive discussions between the County Council and Suffolk MPs, the school crossing patrols have been saved.

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Gummer fights for tax transparency

A Ten Minute Rule Motion allows MPs to introduce a bill on a subject of their choice, making a ten-minute speech to explain their proposal. Outlining his proposal, Ben said: “My Bill makes the simple proposition that we should be told how our money is spent. It would cost very…

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Ben protects south-east Ipswich bus services

When evening and weekend bus services were withdrawn in south-east Ipswich as a result of Suffolk County Council cost saving, many local residents turned to Ben for help. He quickly organised an open meeting in the Raven Pub to hear people’s concerns. The message was clear: the loss of services…

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Flood protection for Wherstead Road

Wherstead Road has long been vulnerable to flooding. Ben has been pressing the Environment Agency and government to ensure that residents are protected from a storm surge, especially in the 128 properties within area directly at risk from floods. As a result the Environment Agency announced it will commit the…

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A new Ipswich Academy

Holywells School, with its sponsor the Learning Schools Trust, bid for government money for new school buildings. With spending cuts many people were doubtful that Holywells would get the money they required. But after months of lobbying by Ben, the government pledged £14.8 million towards the £18 million target.

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Battling to save Iceni

The Iceni Project provides leading drug rehabilitation treatment in Ipswich, whose name became nationally known when it helped rehabilitate addicts in the aftermath of the murders of local sex workers. In the autumn of 2010 the work of Iceni was threatened by funding bodies, including Suffolk NHS, who awarded contracts…

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