Sir Keir Starmer has been elected the new Labour leader in a move welcomed by leading members of the party in Suffolk where most local groups backed his campaign.

Councils in Suffolk are preparing to take over parking enforcement in Suffolk from the police from Monday – and will be aiming to ensure roads are kept clear for emergency vehicles and key workers.

Councils across Suffolk are this week writing to small businesses in their areas to invite them to apply for support from government schemes during the coronavirus crisis.

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the numbers of people heading into Ipswich town centre has been outlined in new figures.

Community champion and former council leader Nick Ridley OBE has died at the age of 82 after a short illness.

An appeal has gone out for companies with unused personal protection equipment to donate it to help Suffolk’s carers stay safe during the coronavirus crisis.

The first meeting of the new Ipswich traffic task force has been postponed until after the current lockdown that has transformed life in the country.

What should have been THE political story of early 2020 has been pushed into the sidelines by the coronavirus crisis – but on Saturday, Labour will unveil its new leader to take over from Jeremy Corbyn.

Are we ever going to get used to the “lock-down” life – or is this strange existence going to continue to feel weird until the day when we are told that we can return to “normal?”

House sparrows were the most common bird seen in gardens around Suffolk – and the country as a whole – during this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the RSPB.

The largest stall on Ipswich market has been forced to close for the next few weeks because of the coronavirus crisis.

A rail trip through East Anglia hauled by one of the best-known steam locomotives in Britain has been rescheduled for August after organisers had to cancel its journey on Easter Saturday.

Schools which are providing care for children of key workers are to remain open over the Easter holidays to ensure there are safe places for youngsters while their parents work during the national emergency.

East Suffolk Council has removed charges at all its car parks to help key workers who have to find somewhere to leave their vehicle for their vital jobs – but do not expect to see many people taking advantage of the free parking.

Network Rail has appealed to recently-retired signal staff across the region to consider coming back to work to support the industry in case there are staffing problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

The planned closure of one of the busiest roads on the edge of Ipswich has been postponed to avoid the need for engineers to work on the project during the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Only a fraction of the usual numbers of passengers are travelling by train at present – but Greater Anglia is preparing for when people return to the tracks by testing their first new suburban Aventra train across the region.

Ipswich Council is offering free parking in all its parks and on-road bays to key staff working for the NHS and in the critical social care sector.

Ipswich Buses is reducing the frequency of journeys over most of its network as fewer people are using its services during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt is self-isolating at his flat in the town after developing symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19.

Nearly 175 years of tradition has come to an end on East Anglia’s railways with the last regular locomotive-hauled passenger services coming to an end with no ceremony.

I’ve been a news junkie since I was a child in the late 1960s. I think it was Apollo Eight at Christmas 1968 that got me hooked – and by the time the General Election of 1970 happened I was an 11-year-old political expert!

Greater Anglia has started testing its first new suburban train on its network in Essex – the new Bombardier Aventra trains are due to take over most electric services run by the company from later this year.

The first steam train through Suffolk and Essex of 2020 has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

This was the week the world changed as society effectively started to shutdown in the face of the growing coronavirus crisis – but do we all really understand the scale of the changes we’re facing? Paul Geater shares his experience.

Greater Anglia is to cut the number of trains it runs on all routes from next Monday because of a fall in passenger numbers during the coronavirus crisis.

The National Trust is to close all its properties during the coronavirus covid – but hopes to open parkland for free to the public to give people the chance to get exercise in relative isolation while the country faces lockdown.

The boss of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals has sent an open letter to patients warning that routine outpatient treatment or planned surgery will be postponed or cancelled and rearranged because of the coronavirus crisis.

What will this mean for us? That was the question being asked by business and political leaders in Suffolk after studying details of the government’s rescue plan for the British economy earlier this week.

At times of national crisis you should really get to know the calibre of the MPs who have been elected to represent us for a five year term.

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