David Ellesmere in Crown Car Park

Why has the borough turned itself into Lady Bountiful?

It is fantastic news for Ipswich that the borough council is planning to rebuild the Crown Car Park, which had to be demolished in 2009 because of long-term problems with concrete cancer.

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David Cameron at Ransomes Jacobsen

Why Ipswich is so important for politicians in election year

David Cameron’s decision to come to Ipswich to launch his party’s employment policy in the run-up to the General Election campaign was a huge coup for sitting MP Ben Gummer.

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Ipswich was busy over the Christmas period.

Why town centre must not be turned into a political football

The news that Gap is closing its store in Westgate Street is a blow for Ipswich town centre – but if we end up getting an expanded and refurbished Primark store expanding into its premises many shoppers in the town will be delighted.

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Ben Gummer beat Chris Mole (right) in 2010 - but can he repeat the trick in May?

Is David Cameron set to stay in Downing Street after May?

If I had a pound for everyone who told me that May’s general election is too difficult to predict, I’d be a rich man – because five months out the election result looks very much up in the air.

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Reporter Paul Geater gets out of the Christmas spirit.

Where’s the magic of Christmas? It disappeared years ago!

I fully realise this piece elevates me to a position somewhere between Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, but as the big day approaches I have to admit that the magic of Christmas has long since disappeared.

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