Arras

Photo: Buttermarket from Arras Square There are many good new reasons to head to the Buttermarket, not least the new cinema opened last Friday.  If you come in off St Stephen’s Lane, you will pass Arras Square, named in commemoration of our town’s twinning with Arras.  This week marks the…

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Now for a Northern Route

We’ve had good news recently on the Upper Orwell Crossings.  But I promised two new routes at the last election: one across the river and one around the top of the town.  I want to update you on where we are with that second vital pledge. Let’s start with some…

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Terrorism Never Succeeds in Britain

By strange and unhappy coincidence, I was going to write this week about terrorism. I grew up far more conscious of terror than any of us would wish a child to be.  My mother and father were in the Brighton Bomb and it was only by a stroke of remarkable…

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Beauty matters, because people do

More than twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to go, with my family, on a long drive through eastern Europe, to places that then felt very closed but have since opened up as the east has integrated with the west. The journey has left me with abiding and – in…

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A Week Worth Saying Something About

It seems with increasing frequency, you turn on the radio and hear Mark Murphy or his ilk telling you that today – what was otherwise a normal day, get up, breakfast, children to school, work, lunch, work, children back from school, tea, bath time, children in bed, bottle of beer,…

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The Right Thing To Do

Several times a week for the past decade, as I have left Liverpool Street Station from the Ipswich train, I walk past a bronze statue of an anxious-looking boy and girl with their suitcases.  The statues, part of a series in the station commemorating the Kindertransport and its leader, Sir…

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Progress on Ipswich Flood Barrier

Meanwhile, we are in the process of protecting the old port – the waterfront – from the damaging effect of floods.  Last Friday I visited the enormous hole that engineers have dug in the entrance to the New Cut, which from the outside looks like a modest palisade of sheet…

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Utopia Will Never Exist

I have a new namesake in politics – this time in France.  On Sunday Benoît Hamon gained the candidacy of the French Socialist Party, a feat as remarkable as the capture of our own Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn and the Republican nomination of Donald Trump.  Many false generalisations about…

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Nurseries

I’ve just made one of those rites of passage that makes you feel a whole lot more grown up.  On Monday last week, Sarah and I left the house with our eldest but still very little son, now two years and just four months, for his first day at nursery. …

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