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First designs for thousands of homes north of Ipswich have been unveiled to the public.

In my column last week, I stressed the importance of not losing any time in Westminster when it comes to making progress on the issues that matter to Ipswich.

It's been a busy third week on the job in Westminster but a very productive one. On Tuesday, I rose for the first time in the House of Commons to give my maiden speech. There were some nerves waiting to be called but I was anxious to do justice to our town and its people.

'We will continue in our quest to become even more proactive'

Ipswich's new MP Tom Hunt has started a big debate about crime in the town.

It's been plastered over the news that the red giant star, Betelgeuse in Orion may be on the verge of going supernova on us as it ends its life, says astronomer Neil Norman, of Hadleigh.

Stansted Airport passengers in Essex will now be able to fly directly to India's biggest city - Mumbai.

Stansted Airport is set to finally receive permission for its major expansion.

Do you get enough sleep? If you are lucky enough to get a good eight hours a night, it is likely you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Borough Council leader David Ellesmere looks back on a busy and productive 12 months for Ipswich.

An amazing set of astronomical events are expected in 2020 and Neil Norman, a Fellow of The Royal Astronomical Society, tells us when we should be looking to the skies over Suffolk in the months ahead.

It was the greatest Christmas Day gift these families could have wished for - with a number of newborns arriving in Suffolk and Essex.

Are you one of the heroes giving up your family time to work on Christmas Day? Send us a photo with your name and place of work so we can celebrate you.

Former Suffolk Coastal Council chairman John Geater has died after a short illness in Ipswich Hospital a few months after celebrating his 90th birthday.

What appears to be East Anglia's ancient 'crown jewels' have re-emerged some 14 centuries after they disappeared, in one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Britain.

The boss of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals is "very concerned" about the potential impact of Brexit on European doctors and nurses - and even fears some may go home for Christmas and not come back.

An impressive giant structure built out of 750 beer crates has been attracting delighted children in Ipswich town centre.

A wildlife group in Ipswich has spoken of its shock after it had to deal with two separate incidents of baby hedgehogs being kicked to death.

Keep up to date with all the breaking travel, crime and weather news from across Suffolk and north Essex with our live blog.

Suffolk's police and crime commissioner last night described his shock at learning a woman in her 30s had been found in a pool of blood, with multiple stab wounds, outside a bungalow in Needham Market.

It's been a busy week in the corridors of power at Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House base this week.

A Suffolk farming family have been chosen to be the new dairy farmers on the island of Sark, off the north west coast of France.

Three burglars are still at large after they were involved in a police chase across Suffolk following the theft of a large number of items, including razor blades, at the Leiston Co-op.

Britain's housing crisis is not getting any better, writes Ipswich Borough Council leader, David Ellesmere.

Ipswich remains the only council area in Suffolk where there isn't an extra charge for brown bin collections. In his latest column, borough council leader David Ellesmere explains why.

Massive housing development schemes in Essex have been given a broadside by former pop star Feargal Sharkey for placing extra pressure on critically low water supplies.

Armed police have carried out an operation just outside Ipswich town centre.

The body of a man has been found in a pond at Chantry Park, police have confirmed.

In his latest column, Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere says 80 years after the first CAB opened, the town's service is still a vital resource for people who need help.

It's back to school this week with all the usual last minute shopping, earlier nights, butterflies in the stomach and most probably a sleepless night before the first day - and that's just the adults!

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