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  • Suffolk EU Alliance
    Article: Mar 11, 2018

    The Suffolk EU Alliance is organising The Great Eastern March, with outdoor speakers and events, one of a number of country-wide marches on 24 March 2018. As part of this they are holding a special ticketed information session with invited speakers sharing ideas, perspectives and insights about Brexit. This is your opportunity to hear the latest developments and opinions, ask questions and share ideas. This will take place in a 'lecture theatre' setting in the Waterfront Building, University of Suffolk. There are only 170 places available so book now to ensure your place.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2018
  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Mar 4, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats and the3million are calling on Labour to protect people's basic fundamental rights where data is being processed for immigration purposes. Next Monday Diane Abbott and Liam Byrne have the chance to join with the Liberal Democrats to oppose the government from using the cover of GDPR implementation to sneak in a sinister proposal that would deny people the right to access data held about them as part of their wider hostile environment agenda targeted at immigrants in the UK.

  • Oliver's dogs
    Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Oliver Holmes

    Councillor Oliver Holmes says "As a dog owner, I have been worried about stories I have heard from dog walkers in Christchurch Park about possible thefts and dog-napping and so this advice from the Dogs Trust is useful. Max and Oscar have been micro-chipped which is hopefully a deterrent. Mind you, this was also to enable them to travel in Europe - a canine right that may disappear with Brexit."

  • Inga at Mosque
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Oliver Holmes

    Many thanks to Bond Street Mosque for their hospitality recently as part of a national open event organised by the Muslim Council of Britain. Members of the Mosque gave Inga Lockington and me, together with other local people, a guided tour and patiently explained the Five Pillars of their faith. It was an enlightening and enjoyable experience. It is making rich connections such as these which enable us to deepen our respect for and understanding of one another. Inga is held in high esteem by the community and was asked to join the Imam and Mosque elders in giving a formal address to us all. A special and memorable day.

  • Inga Lockington at conference
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    In response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Report out today on PIP and ESA assessments Stephen Lloyd MP, Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson, said :

    "This is an utterly damning report from the Select Committee on the quality, or lack of, from the government's PIP and ESA assessments programmes.

    "It's clear far too many assessments are inadequate for this system to continue in it's current form.

    "This also comes on the day where the DWP has put out a deplorable tweet reminding people that as today is Valentines Day, they will be checking that benefits claimants are declaring they live with a partner or else. It's obvious this Conservative government knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

    "This is proof that the Liberal Democrat position of stripping the assessment contract from corporate behemoths such as ATOS and Capita and bringing them in-house as a public service, is the only practical and humane way forward.

  • Julia as Mrs Pretty 1915 (Photo by Mike Hill)
    Article: Feb 9, 2018
    By Julia Barrett

    This year, as we celebrate the centenary of the first women to secure the right to vote, we look back at some of the women who played an enormous part in achieving that, for the women of Ipswich. During the years leading up to 1918, Ipswich had two Members of Parliament and for some time both of them were Liberals. Daniel Ford Goddard of the gas works had been Liberal MP for twenty-three years, during which time he had shared the responsibility with both Felix Thornley Cobbold and Sylvester Horne. Other notable philanthropists also held seats for the Liberal party on the town council, including William F and Robert S Paul of Paul's Malt and Robert's son in law William T Pretty of the Pretty & Sons corset factory and Footman, Pretty & Co department store. The corset factory is now sadly buried beneath Marks and Spencer's car park but Footman & Pretty's is now better known as Debenhams. The Pauls, Cobbolds and Goddards are well known within Ipswich's history and the legacy of their work is evident all over town.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2018
    By Edward Packard in https://edpackard.wordpress.com

    Work has finally begun on the Cornhill regeneration, a project which has divided the town: some people think it will provide a much-needed cosmetic and financial boost to the town centre, while others have criticised the design and suggested that the money (£3.6 million) would have been better spent elsewhere.

  • HungryForDemocracy
    Article: Feb 7, 2018

    Ipswich Liberal Democrat members Colin Boyd and Conrad Robert-Smith Packwood both went to Westminster for the Hungry For Democracy event. Colin gives his report here:-

    "Today was a tough day. Going without food was difficult, but standing in the freezing cold for hours was even worse! Conrad was an absolute trooper. All the other activists were able to walk around to keep warm, and he was sadly confined to his wheelchair, but he didn't complain once. He remained enthusiastic to the cause, holding his placard high for all those who crossed our paths to see (and that was a lot of people)!

    Labour, Green Party, UKIP, Lib Dem's, Women's Equality Party, SNP, and Plaid all shared a platform to fight for a parliament that truly represents the people. The only party notably missing was the Tories, and I dare say it shows their utter contempt for the people they serve.

    What we did today was a tiny sacrifice compared to what the poor Suffragette's did a century ago, and this really hit home. Their struggles in making the world a better place for all of us is even more admirable now; suffering most of us will thankfully never truly understand.

    Today we raised awareness for our cause, but sadly we still have a very long way to go to have a true democracy, and a society where nobody feels oppressed. May the fight go on..."

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    A consultation is being held with residents regarding the planned merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

    Sessions will run 10am-2pm as follows:

    13 Feb Ipswich Corn Exchange

    15 Feb Clacton Library

    19 Feb Colchester Library

    22 Feb Felixstowe Library

    Long serving Ipswich Councillor Inga Lockington (pictured) is concerned that there has not been a lot of open public engagement up until now and it is important that anyone with an interest in our Local NHS have a say. Mergers of Hospitals are happening in different parts of the Country but we need to understand what that will mean for us. Inga has expressed concerns about the short notice for the Public events and that several are in the half term when some families might be away.