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  • Adrian by Christchurch Park
    Article: Apr 30, 2017

    Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, is delighted to be appointed the Liberal Democrat Prospective

    Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich.

    Adrian, who grew up in East Anglia, and currently resides in London said "I believe

    every constituency in the country needs to give people the option of voting against

    the government's current hard Brexit stance. The 41% who voted Remain in this constituency

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Over 70 young people in Ipswich will be affected by the Conservative government's decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.

    In total 18,000 young people across the country are expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.

    Ipswich is already suffering from high levels of homelessness, with official figures showing there were 27 rough sleepers in 2016. Charities have warned that stripping 18-21 year-olds of housing benefits could push more young people onto the streets while research has shown it is likely to cost taxpayers more than it saves.

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Oliver Holmes commented:

    "The heartless decision to strip under-21s of housing benefit risks pushing more young people in Ipswich onto the streets. As someone who has volunteered at shelters for the homeless I understand the awful situation this policy could put more young people in.

    Vulnerable youngsters with nowhere else to turn are being abandoned by this Conservative government. This nasty and counterproductive policy should be overturned immediately.

    The younger generation have the most to lose from the increasingly divisive policies being pursued by this Conservative government.

    The General Election is a chance to change the direction of our country. I am pleased the Liberal Democrats have committed to restoring housing benefit for 18-21 year olds."

  • Gainsborough Community Library
    Article: Apr 24, 2017
    Suffolk Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed Conservative plans to cut our libraries. The Liberal Democrats aim to protect our libraries and assist them to fulfil their potential as community hubs.
    Suffolk's library services are run by an independent organisation called Suffolk Libraries, whose contract with the county council has been extended to run until 2022. The budget for library services has been reduced for the year to come, and is now 33% less than it was in 2010.
  • Chris Wrathall
    Article: Apr 15, 2017

    Chris Wrathall the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Bridge Division of Suffolk County Council has created his own website. Please give it a look, especially if you live in that part of Ipswich.


  • Suffolk Liberal Democrats
    Article: Apr 8, 2017

    It's time for change on Suffolk County Council. The Conservatives - who have run the council for years - are complacent and out of touch.

    The Liberal Democrats have listened to local residents and produced a positive plan for Suffolk. We will:-

    1. Ensure dignity for older people by boosting investment in social care.

  • Fightback
    Article: Apr 7, 2017

    We delighted that we have been able to field a full slate of candidates in Ipswich for election to Suffolk County council on the 4th May.

    Our candidates are as follows:-

    Bixley - Tim Lockington

    Bridge - Chris Wrathall

    Chantry - Robert Chambers and Maureen Haaker

    Gainsborough - Robin Whitmore

    Priory Heath - Nicholas Jacobs

  • Suffolk Liberal Democrats
    Article: Mar 6, 2017

    Party President Baroness Sal Brinton joined Suffolk Liberal Democrats at Henley Community Centre on Saturday March 4th to help launch their Manifesto for the County Council Elections in May.

    Baroness Sal Brinton said 'the Party had demonstrated that it was winning back support having had a net gain of over thirty local council seats in the last six months with party membership in Suffolk having doubled since the General Election."

  • 20mph in Borrowdale
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Councillor Inga Lockington says "Much of the traffic crossing Ipswich uses roads in my County Division. Valley Road and Crown Street are at capacity, much of the time, so other residential roads are being used as rat-runs. Lib Dems in the last Coalition Government made reducing the speed limit to 20mph an easier option. Borrowdale Ave and its side roads were the first streets in our Division to "go 20". During the Travel Ipswich Scheme, to avoid the Town Centre, the Belvedere/Tuddenham Road junction became very busy, and Borrowdale Avenue a favourite cut through."

    Inga worked together with residents to get the 20mph Speed Limit made Legal last autumn. Another part of the Division in desperate need is the accident hot-spot between Anglesea, Orford and Warringtom Roads. A major scheme,drawn up to improve the junctions, was not supported by local residents who recognised that the real issue was speeding traffic passing through.

    Inga also supported a plan to look at a 20mph speed restriction across the area between Norwich Road/ Henley Road & Valley Road. Residents were consulted last year and were in favour. A second proposal for more on-street parking on Anglesea Road was NOT supported and will not go ahead. The scheme is therefore to introduce a 20mph limit in the 33 streets within the area.

    The next step is the completion of a County Council "Legal Order", details of which are on display in Ipswich's Libraries, and to which residents can respond.

  • Inga Lockington
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Planning Committee at Ipswich Borough Council today granted Crest Nicolson outline planning permission for 1100 homes in the Northern Fringe of Ipswich. This is the start of one of the largest developments Ipswich has ever seen.

    Councillor Inga Lockington addressed the Committee together with a number of Local Residents and raised concerns about air quality and, in particular, highway problems. Ipswich council officers stated that over the course of the development, improved standards for vehicle emissions would help deal with pollution. Suffolk County Council agreed there would be a significant impact on adjoining highways but this would come within acceptable limits. Although permission has now been given, Inga & Oliver confirm that they will continue to scutinise all parties and make sure local people's worries are not ignored."

  • Orwell Bridge
    Article: Feb 2, 2017

    Suffolk Police have just announced that in the first six months of operation, over 6,000 people have been caught breaking the 60mph speed limit on Orwell Bridge. Councillor Oliver Holmes is on the Ipswich Borough Council working group which initiated this scheme. He states that although there have been some complaints from drivers calling it, amongst other things, a "cash cow", the only purpose of the speed limit was to reduce the number of accidents on the bridge which have often led to major disruption to traffic through Ipswich. First reports from the Police and Highways England are encouraging although the full picture will only be known at the end of the first year of operation.