Alasdair marches back to the frontline

AN Ipswich politician, who is today back on the frontline in Afghanistan, spent his brief break at home working in the community.Alasdair Ross, a sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, was just back in the country for ten days but managed to fit in an Ipswich Borough Council meeting and a few days of canvassing around the Rushmere ward for the Labour party, as well as spending time with his family.

AN Ipswich politician, who is today back on the frontline in Afghanistan, spent his brief break at home working in the community.

Alasdair Ross, a sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, was just back in the country for ten days but managed to fit in an Ipswich Borough Council meeting and a few days of canvassing around the Rushmere ward for the Labour party, as well as spending time with his family.

Mr Ross, 47, a councillor for the Rushmere ward, spent 24 years with the infantry regiment Royal Green Jackets before retiring seven years ago. Earlier this year he was called out of retirement and sent out to Afghanistan to put his intelligence and reconnaissance skills to good use.

His hectic break in Ipswich, which also involved seeing his daughter's new lodgings at university, came to an end on Sunday when he flew back to the frontline. He is due to return home for good in November.

Mr Ross said: “It was a busy ten days at home. I was canvassing in Rushmere last week and delivering leaflets with 16 other Labour councillors in Gainsborough on Saturday.

“I thought it was important to attend council meeting after watching 500 Afghans risk life and limb to vote in Sangin last month. I am even more determined to be as good a councillor as I can. The right to vote and protest is something that we take for granted in this country and we shouldn't.”

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Since Mr Ross arrived in Afghanistan earlier this year, the country has seen some of the bloodiest battles in the conflict so far.

In July his regiment lost five troops in two separate blasts on the same patrol near Sangin. He was also on hand to help during the recent violent elections.

Mr Ross is due to return to Ipswich for good on November 8.

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