This is what Brexit means for Ipswich

All that talk about recession – it all sounds far too theoretical doesn’t it? Just a load of economists trying to predict the future? Well, I agree. So I’m going to go on a quick safari around Ipswich to show where those numbers come from, and how they are very,…

Read More

Let’s talk about immigration

Let’s talk about immigration: not a phrase you would have heard many mainstream politicians say a few years ago. The subject was out of bounds, off the reservation, verboten. Why? Because good people feared, for the right reasons, that talking about immigration stoked racism and prejudice. But they were wrong.…

Read More

Ipswich Vision – What Have We Achieved?

In his column in the Star yesterday, Paul Geater sharpened his pen and made a typically perceptive critique of how far the Ipswich Vision had got in its first eight months. He observed that whilst the aspirations were sound, not much progress had yet been made. He singled out the…

Read More

A Healthier Country in the EU

We all know people who bang on about their pet obsessions. For a few of my colleagues, a mercifully small number, it is Europe. You will know that I am not one of them: I got into politics for several reasons but Europe was not one of them. However, to…

Read More

A National Service in Name

I have just returned from a ministerial tour of the south-west, where I have been looking at a wide range of hospitals and care providers, from a hospice to a community hospital to one of the biggest hospitals in the country. It has been a fascinating experience and I have…

Read More

Our Future is in Europe

So, we’re off. The prime minister is nearing the conclusion of his re-negotiation with our European partners, which means that we are likely to have a referendum soon. If you feel you’ve heard enough about Europe, then it is going to get a whole lot more intense over the next…

Read More

Good Public Art is Good for the Public

I can’t think there is anyone in the town who has not been to Giles Circus, nor many who have missed the piazza outside the main Marina Building of University Campus Suffolk. These two parts of town are enlivened by a piece of public art – and each one of…

Read More

Climate Central to Ipswich

It is a mark of how busy we have all been that there are still things left well over from last year that I want to write to you about, even though they have vanished from the news. One is the climate agreement reached in Paris on 12th December last…

Read More

Happy New Year!

As I was clearing my desk before Christmas, I received an email from a constituent that wrapped up the year beautifully for me. The lady concerned had written to me before, rightly bemoaning the state of the town centre and the decline she had seen over the past few decades.…

Read More

A Local Hero Deserves a Gong

You know those moments so embarrassing that when you look back you slightly shudder at the memory of it all? Well, I’ve had mercifully few as an MP but the worst was served – justifiably – on me by well-known local campaigner Sally Wainman. Sally was one of my opponents…

Read More