Clarke comes to Ipswich

LABOUR Party chairman, Charles Clarke, paid a flying visit to Ipswich today in an attempt to sweep up some extra votes in next month's local elections.

By Paul Geater

LABOUR Party chairman, Charles Clarke, paid a flying visit to Ipswich today in an attempt to sweep up some extra votes in next month's local elections.

Mr Clarke saw how the borough's Clean Ipswich campaign is providing a rapid response to problems of rubbish on the streets – and abandoned vehicles.

As he visited a team clearing rubbish in Alderman Road, another group of workmen were removing a van filled with rubble from Windsor Road.

"This is the kind of initiative which directly affects people. One of the problems for local authorities is that they can be seen as remote.

"Campaigns like this have an immediate impact on people's lives – and shows the relevance of local councils," he said.

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"It is easier for us to work in partnership with Labour councils – they are more responsive to what we are trying to do," he added.

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