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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Better Ipswich Transport

Everyone who drives in Ipswich or uses the buses in the town knows that much could be done to make travelling easier, more comfortable and less prone to congestion. The council bid for money from the Department of Transport to integrate the traffic lights around the town, provide real-time information…

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Tackling anti-social behaviour

When shop owners and customers were getting fed up with a small crowd of kids causing trouble in Ellenbrook Road, the council installed a temporary camera. When it was due to move, Ben – with local councillor Bob Hall – ensured that it stayed put, so that local residents could…

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Justice for ex-Co-op workers

When the former Co-op Department Store in Carr Street closed, employees who had worked for the Society for many years were left without full redundancy payments as the store had recently been sold to a new owner. Ben worked hard with union officials to ensure that the East of England…

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An art gallery for Ipswich

Ipswich has a great artistic heritage but there is not space to show all that the town has to offer – both to residents and to a growing number of visitors, who bring money into the town. Ben’s been instrumental in making the new gallery project happen, which opened in…

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Protecting Sure Start

Sure Start is vital for many families – providing the early years care that mothers and fathers need. Which is why Ben is completely committed to Sure Start, and fought the 2010 election on a pledge to protect Sure Start in Ipswich. So when just days after the election the…

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Repealing the port tax

After a change to tax rules, Ipswich businesses operating in the Ipswich Port were landed with huge demands for business rates. With other local representatives from around other ports around Britain, Ben lobbied ministers for the rule change to be reversed. The incoming Coalition Government honoured its pledge to scrap…

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Flood defences

Ipswich is extremely vulnerable to flooding, so the flood defences need to me maintained. If these are broken, a storm surge would take out the town’s electricity and sewerage systems, and bring water half way up Princes Street. So the Environment Agency’s plans to spend £50 million repairing the Town’s…

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Saving The Spinney

The Spinney, a modernist house by important local architect, sits in a beautiful garden that is partly used by neighbours. Ben wrote to English Heritage in support of local residents who wanted to see The Spinney listed to protect the building and garden from development. Listing was granted at the…

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Ipswich Heart Care

Ben Gummer is well known around Ipswich for his fight to save services at Ipswich Hospital. Ben fought for emergency heart services at Ipswich Hospital, securing through his campaign a promised new heart unit at Heath Road. Ben says: “Ipswich Hospital is very important to me: I have been treated…

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