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  • Brexit
    Article: Mar 6, 2020

    Tory government spent at least £4.4 billion on Brexit planning says Audit Office

    22,000 civil servants worked on Brexit, £92m wasted in NO Deal "losses" paid to ferry companies & Eurotunnel, all before the actual leaving costs kick in.

    In the first detailed estimate of the cost of Brexit, the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Britain's government spent at least 4.4 billion pounds of taxpayers' money on preparations to leave the European Union. The NAO said that most of the money was spent on staff costs, building new infrastructure and paying for external advice.

  • New ES Wards (Boundary Commission for England)
    Article: Mar 3, 2020

    East Suffolk Planning Policy Open Data Portal Published

    The East Suffolk Planning Policy Open Data portal now provides downloadable spreadsheets and GIS map files for a range of datasets reported in the Authority Monitoring Report monitoring report and key statistics. Also the new open data portal includes housing statistics, retail surveys and more including:

  • Gary Kitching (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Feb 29, 2020

    BRITAIN TO WITHDRAW FROM EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

    'Criminals do not have borders' says Gary Kitching, Lib Dem Police & Crime spokesperson

    Britain will not be participating in a European scheme to fast-track the extradition of criminals following its departure from the European Union, the government said in its mandate for negotiations published by the government on Thursday. Senior law enforcement officials have warned Boris Johnson's government against leaving the European Arrest Warrant.

  • UK passport Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvart twitter (Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvarttwitter UK passport)
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    UK passport maker De La Rue left at risk and laying people off, as twice as many UK companies set up operations in the Netherlands in 2019 compared to a year earlier and the UK Brexit job and brain drain continues.

    Past comments by our Prime Minister have underlined what he thinks about British business and we have highlighted on numerous occasions through this website the continuing post Brexit trend for UK firms to move their base or some operations away from the UK to Europe. The soon to arrive new UK Blue Passports from Poland underlines just how 'taking back control' is going to pan out in reality for British businesses.'

  • Orthopaedic Centre
    Article: Feb 23, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes

    East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust have just launched a public consultation on their proposal to build a new £44million Orthopaedic Centre at Colchester Hospital. The Centre will take all elective surgery for hip and knee replacements which are currently carried out at Ipswich. Today, Dr. Shane Gordon, Head of Strategy, gave details of the proposed development to County and Borough councillors and stressed that the crowded Ipswich hospital site meant a centre here would cost tens of millions of pounds more to build. Additionally, a Colchester Centre would free-up buldings that could be converted into a new day surgery suite. He also explained that the Trust continued to regard both sites as vital to the provision of health services in Suffolk and North East Essex for the future.

  • Boris Johnson wiping brow 2
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    PM's special adviser quits after over contraception, the benefits of genetic selection and IQ comments

    Just days after helping to rid PM Johnson of his Chancellor neighbour, his right hand man Cominic Cummings has seen one of his recently recruited special advisers out of the door at No 10 after he had discussed the benefits of genetic selection, forced contraception on his old online posts.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Feb 20, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes

    Newly elected Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has once again caused controversy in remarks he made in a BrexitBros podcast on 12 February 2020 concerning the social injustice caused to white working class boys. BrexitBros is a right wing (or politically incorrect in their opinion) podcast run by two former Brexit Party MEPs, Michael Heaver and Martin Daubney. Heaver has close associations with the notorious conspiracy and fake news website, InfoWars. Daubney is a former editor of lads mag Loaded, who some years ago organised a straight pride march, as he felt heterosexuality was being undermined. He also supports the men's rights movement. They both consider that identity politics and deference to diversity now threaten free speech and ordinary white people. To them, supporting Brexit was logical.

    Low educational achievement for white boys from disadvantaged communities is a well-known, long-term issue. Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers this is due to their low IQ. As he said to the Centre for Policy Studies in 2013: "…it is surely relevant to a conversation about inequality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130…". Famously, he also wrote in a Daily Telegraph article in 2005 that "the poorest 20% of British society is made-up of chavs, losers, burglars, drug addicts, and criminals."

    Entirely more reasonably, the Chair of the Education Select Committee, Tory MP Robert Halfon, recently wrote an article in ConservativeHome, listing a number of measures he considered would help raise attainment. However, Halfon is careful not to suggest that a reverse form of discrimination against white boys is involved, and it is on this point that he and Hunt diverge.

    White victimhood is a message that many on the far right of politics like to promote. It is used both to trigger "liberals" into making a response, which can then be mocked or attacked, and also to attract recruits to far right causes. Posters such as "It's OK to be white", which appeared throughout Ipswich town centre recently, are used by the KKK and other white supremacist groups and websites, such as 4Chan. Hunt's references to "…social justice for white working class boys…"would seem to play directly into this narrative.
    Tom Hunt already has form for statements that cause offence. His Ipswich Star article on 10th Jan 2020, attributing crime in Ipswich to "certain communities" was widely condemned, not least by the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, who said his comments were "…very unhelpful…". Typically, in the manner of Donald Trump, Hunt has doubled down on the statements he made and has refused to retract them.

    For Liberal Democrats, these views are reprehensible, as they would be to all those supporters who attended the ISCRE solidarity event last Saturday to denounce the white supremacist posters that appeared in Ipswich. We must now call upon Tom Hunt to represent all the communities in Ipswich without fear or favour.

  • JRF 2019/20 POVERTY RPT (JRF TWITTER PAGE)
    Article: Feb 19, 2020

    Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the scale of poverty*** across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip.

    The widely respected Joseph Rowntree Foundation have released their 2019/20 report UK Poverty.

    The report says "For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives - secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standards. It's time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this report we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.

  • Johnson and Cummings by twitter
    Article: Feb 14, 2020

    IT'S ALL ABOUT ME, AS JOHNSON SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH 'YES' PEOPLE

    By Jon James -14th February 2020

    Having been urged by his Guru, Dominic Cummings to ditch the Chancellor and capture the Treasury, Boris couldn't see his way to getting rid of his uncooperative neighbour and his hands on the county's purse strings. Difficult to be seen sacking a recently appointed Chancellor days before a Budget; he gave his own precious Gollum* the green light and sanctioned the cursory dismissal of his neighbour's staff, thus undermining the Chancellor's Treasury power base and the future credibility of the financial Department of State.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2020
    By Gerald Watts

    Part One: Leafleting

    I am not a typical volunteer. In fact my track record of expending time and effort when there's nothing in it for me personally is unimpressive, to put it mildly. Yet during the last few months I have been active on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in two election campaigns, the first national, the second local. Why did I do this, you may ask, and what did I actually do?