Teach First

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Ben fought to bring Teach First to Ipswich, an exciting programme that aims to address education disadvantage within our communities. Ben is looking forward to them starting to operate in September and help improve local schools for our children.

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Suffolk New Academy

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In June, Ben marked the beginning of the end of a long journey for Suffolk New Academy. Chantry High School was built over fifty years ago but was in poor shape and unsuitable for a growing school. Local people had been promised much over the years.   Ben stepped in…

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Unemployment down by 25 per cent


The first and most important job Ben has is to help every Ipswich person have a secure, sustainable job. It has been tough going but this year he was able to report that the number of people signing on to Job Seeker’s Allowance in the town was down by 962…

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Boost for Business

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy.   Ben has enthusiastically backed government measures to help small businesses by cutting National Insurance for every business by up to £2,000 from April 2014.   That’s two thousand pounds for every business- money they can better spend on improved wages,…

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Saving for a pension

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The greatest anxiety facing older people is security in retirement.   Decent annual increases in the state pension, making sure that it is ahead of inflation: this is a key achievement of the Coalition that Ben has supported from the beginning. However, for those saving a pension, the prospects of…

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New GP surgery for north-east Ipswich


Ben Gummer, MP for Ipswich, has been campaigning hard for a new surgery for the last two years and now he has delivered. Ben said: ‘This is fantastic news. The old surgeries in Lattice Avenue and Woodbridge Road lacked modern and efficient buildings with easy access and parking. Now with…

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Bishop’s Hill lights stopped

Following intense lobbying from your local MP Ben Gummer and Holywells councillors, Liz, George and Pam, the County Council have decided not to proceed with the proposed traffic light plans at the top of Bishop’s Hill. Councillor Graham Newman said: ‘Ben Gummer MP and local councillors, led by Liz Harsant,…

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