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A Suffolk authority promoting campaigns to stop smoking has reduced its pension investments in tobacco firms – but says it still will not disinvest in cigarette firms entirely.

Suffolk County Council

Greens at Suffolk County Council have posed fresh questions on the authority’s commitment to ending climate change after a motion calling for transparent carbon reduction targets and budgets failed to gain traction.

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council has vowed to crack down on plastic use, and has voiced its plan to become a countywide leader in reducing waste.

Liberal Democrat

The top inspector of England’s hospitals has not ruled out asking the government to take over the region’s failing mental health trust.

Care Quality Commission

Norwich South MP, Labour’s Clive Lewis, has led calls for the region’s mental health trust to be put into special administration - a classification kept strictly for the very worst of health organisations.


Former Mayor of Needham Market Kay Oakes has been elected as the new county councillor for the area in a by-election.

It may be impossible to provide rail franchises that satisfy everyone – that is the warning from transport expert Christian Wolmar after Greater Anglia’s financial headaches emerged this week.

Next week a free festival will be held to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ipswich.


Tom Hunt is preparing for his new life as Conservative candidate for Ipswich with a pledge to fight for the town’s infrastructure . . . and a promise that he “knows his way around Whitehall.”

Sandy Martin

Suffolk’s only Labour MP could find it harder than ever to retain his Ipswich seat at the next general election if Boundary Commission recommendations are implemented.

Ben Gummer

East Anglian MPs are demanding greater devolution for the region and more infrastructure spending from government.

Sandy Martin

Former Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has confirmed he will not be fighting the seat again in any future election – and is now looking at carving out a new life away from the cut and thrust of politics.

Ben Gummer

Two new councillors have been appointed to east Suffolk councils following by-elections which both saw the incumbent Conservative party unseated.

Liberal Democrat

The decision to make cost-saving cuts in home to school transport looks set to be upheld by a review group next week, according to the latest report.

Gordon Jones

Plans to approve an allowance increase for Babergh councillors of 25% upwards have been given the go ahead – despite swathes of public criticism.

Babergh District Council

Nominations have closed for council elections that are taking place in Ipswich and Colchester on May 3.

Liberal Democrat

Former Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has started two new roles after taking time out following his election defeat in June last year.

Ben Gummer

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