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Gallery: Labour leader Ed Miliband visits “fabulous town” . . . and has a close encounter with a UFO enthusiast!

PUBLISHED: 17:13 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:13 08 April 2013

Ed Miliband on a walk about in Ipswich during the launch of Labour local election campaign.

Ed Miliband on a walk about in Ipswich during the launch of Labour local election campaign.

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LABOUR leader Ed Miliband was full of praise for Ipswich today as he visited the town to launch his party’s local election campaign.

He described the town as “A fabulous place that people love to live in,” during a question and answer session with local activists.

He followed this with a walkabout through the town centre during which he met members of the public concerned about everything from benefit changes to the UFO sighting near Orford!

Mr Miliband kicked off his party’s county council election campaign in Ipswich – outlining proposals to give local authorities more powers to regulate High Street businesses.

He is particularly concerned about the growth in the number of payday loan shops, pawnbrokers, and bookmakers on the high street.

He said: “One of the fastest growing businesses on the high street are the payday lenders, sometimes charging extortionate rates of interest.

“In hard times, it is no wonder people turn to them. But often they just engulf people in debts that they cannot pay.

“Too many councils are finding that they don’t have the real power to stand up for local people.

“But that is what politics is supposed to be about: standing up for those without power and giving power to them.”

After his meeting at the Co-op Education Centre in Fore Street, Mr Miliband went on a walk throught the town centre meeting shoppers and discussing his party’s policies.

Most of his encounters were very friendly – but he avoided one heckler who demanded that he set up an inquiry to get to the truth of UFO sightings at Orford in the early 1980s.

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13 comments

  • I wonder if they took down the streets shown on BBC news to show him the true Ipswich in its full colours or is it Poland or Albaina, or Portugal................... I seem to forgot who the majority are in Ipswich now but its certainly no Suffolk born and bread !!!!

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    the opinion man

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Sorry Fat Lady, wasn't the Borough Council a Conservative Authority up until an election a few years ago, and the County Council is about as blue as it is possible to be, with an ex Chief Executive preferring to spend money on privatising everything and on personal studio portraits?

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    england1770

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Come on now, Ed Milliband is the best thing to happen to a political party. Well the Conservative Party that is. If I had known he was coming to town I would have definitely avoided the town centre instead of my controlled apathy to the town centre.

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    disappointed

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • “A fabulous place that people love to live in,” If ever there was proof that politicians don't know the mass view..... no wonder, looking like Wallace minus the Grommit. If Labour stand a chance of getting elected, they will need to look for a plausible figurehead first.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Hello Hello......the Star has changed the original picture here

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    MotorBotor

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • None of the activists behind him in the photograph seem that keen to be there with him. Perhaps they are thinking this is another lie from our leader!!!!

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    MotorBotor

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • More Labour lies, how does he sleep at night?

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

  • Fortunately they stand NO CHANCE with that Muppet at the helm!

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    David White

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Well it was a ToryLibDem coallition - prior to that it was red all the way... either way it doesn't matter. The launch has just been pushed to page 32 of most papers, Baroness Thatcher's passing will make sure that this election launch doesn't see the light of day... Great timing Maggie! and RIP

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • I was very disappointed that Mr Milliband refused to address my concern. I pleaded with him to set up an inquiry to get to the truth of UFO sightings at Orford in the early 1980s. The Labour Party is increasingly investing in Health and Education, yet, ignoring local threats, such as Alien Invasion. This is totally unacceptable.

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    Boris Blair

    Friday, April 12, 2013

  • That's because, Motorboat, they didn't even come from Ipswich. They were shipped in to stand behind him.

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • The most interesting observation I have to offer is that he is wearing a blue tie.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Walkabout... what parts was he shown... the bits IBC wanted to show him no doubt (waits for the words UCS and Waterfront). If it is a fabulous place to live Ed, its certainly not because of anything your party has done over the last decade or two. Your party of spend more today to spend more tomorrow has destroyed this nation, its economy and this town... pathetic

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Monday, April 8, 2013

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