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Paul Geater


One of the attractive characteristics of many people in Suffolk is the way they see the county in a slightly understated way – they may know it’s a special place but they’re not sure they should shout about it.

Ipswich council made almost £700,000 from illegally parked cars in the town over the last year. Their parking control staff deserve to be congratulated – let’s see if they can push the figure up to £1m this year!

Mamma Mia, Theresa, What’s the name of the game? Did the Prime Minister meet her Waterloo at the party conference – or will voters take a chance on her again?

So the Upper Orwell Crossing has a stay of execution until December – but I haven’t yet come across anyone who, in their heart of hearts, believes that the project isn’t doomed.

As newly-selected Ipswich candidate Tom Hunt joins thousands of other Tories at this week’s party conference, I hope he enjoys himself – because he’s got a heck of a lot to do over the next few years.

Tonight Ipswich’s Conservative Association is choosing its new parliamentary candidate to fight Sandy Martin at the next general election.

This weekend sees the party conference season move up a gear with the start of the Labour Conference in Liverpool – an event that politicos across the country will be watching closely.

Anyone who regularly visits Ipswich town centre can see the progress being made at the Cornhill.

By the time you read this I should be well away from Ipswich on a delayed family holiday in the far north.

I visited the Big Tent Ideas Festival near Cambridge at the weekend as politicians from all parties (well, almost) mingled with members of the public interested in the world about them.

The news that Suffolk is facing an £8m hole in its finances is hardly surprising – but will certainly set the alarm bells ringing for many.

The news that Ipswich Council is to make a further £500,000 available to allow work to start on refurbishing Broomhill Pool has been widely welcomed – but opposition leader Ian Fisher has pointed out that ultimately the cost will probably fall on council tax payers.

Anyone who has read my columns over the years will know I have a very mixed view of social media.

David Ellesmere’s column earlier this week on the housing crisis seems to have struck a nerve with many people – particularly his political opponents.

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