Ipswich: Shadow chancellor hands over keys new council home

Ed Balls visited Ipswich on Wednesday afternoon to hand over keys to a new council house in Ipswich

Ed Balls visited Ipswich on Wednesday afternoon to hand over keys to a new council house in Ipswich to Lokaman Azez and his wife Hero Ahmed along with their three children.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls paid a flying visit to Suffolk’s county town yesterday to formally open its first new council homes for 20 years.

Mr Balls called into the home that Lakman Azez and Hero Ahmed are moving into on Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, with their family.

It is one of a small group of council houses that have been built at Whitton – work on a major development behind Bader Close is due to start in the spring.

Mr Balls said as he handed over the keys to the house: “There is a real shortage of affordable homes being built under this government – and this is just the kind of development that the area and the country needs.

“This is the kind of development that the new Labour government will be encouraging after the 2015 election.”

The new homes are now almost complete and the first families are hoping to have moved into the Whitton homes by the weekend.

Mr Balls spent less than an hour in the town, taking time off from the House of Commons to visit his home region – he was brought up in Norwich.

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