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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Suffolk County Council's cabinet arrived at Elstree today - the home of the Star Wars franchise.

The day after county councillors discussed cutting millions from the authority’s budget over the next two years, its cabinet members are on a £4,000 training course at the world famous Elstree studios.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Alison Wheeler and Tony Brown.

Suffolk’s libraries are facing budget cuts of more than 11% over the next two years – but their chairman has pledged that no branches will be closed.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Annual Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

The annual Christmas Fayre will see around 120,000 people descend on Bury St Edmunds over four days.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Artist's impression of the homes there were proposed for lane close to Poplar Lane, Sproughton.

Babergh district councillors last night said they had voted against officers’ advice and refused a 475-home development on the edge of Ipswich because its design was “appalling”.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Could the Crown car park be replaced by a prefab platform like this one at Manningtree?

Should Ipswich Borough Council spend £3million on doubling the size of the Crown Car Park – or go the whole hog and quadruple it at a cost of about £12m?

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Bridge campaigners Peter and Mary Curry and Jane Welsh with Braintree MP James Cleverly,

A temporary replacement should be provided in Finchingfield while works are carried out on the main bridge – according to a council report from five years ago.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Colin Noble

Suffolk County Council could consider increasing its element of council tax bills for the first time since 2010 following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Paul Geater - Opinion

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Last week’s shock resignation by Suffolk County Council cabinet member for education Lisa Chambers shone a bright spotlight on the tensions that remain within the Tory group at Endeavour House.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Should power move away from Suffolk's Endeavour House headquarters?

My broadside against the region’s devolution proposals provoked a significant number of responses sent to me in its wake from many different quarters.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble is one of the signatories of the letter. He is pictured talking to Paul Geater.

The primary driver for regional devolution is increased economic growth for Suffolk, Norfolk and the wider East Anglian region.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Local government Secretary Greg Clark will make the final decision on devolution - will he tell the region's councillors that they have to be more ambitious?

I’ve been listening to the arguments on devolution that have been coming forward from Suffolk and Norfolk for months now – and it’s time for an uncomfortable truth to be realised.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Fire station in Princes Street, lpswich

When you look at the statistics about the number and type of incidents that have required emergency calls to the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service over the last 20 years, it is difficult to argue against the claim that the organisation needs to be reformed.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron appeared on a special Question Time just days before the General Electon.

This week’s politics has been dominated by the debate about tax credits and the fallout from the House of Lords’ decision to effectively pull the handbrake on the government’s attempt to cut what amounts to a benefit to the working poor.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Ben Gummer and Matt Hancock in front of the Old Custom House in Ipswich.

The news that Suffolk’s six “county” MPs have written a joint public letter of support for Ipswich’s efforts to transform itself shows just how far the town has come in the last few years.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Broomhill Swimming Pool in Ipswich has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

When I went along to 
hear officially 
that Broomhill Pool’s lottery bid was on course to win £3.3m, I was reminded by one campaigner of my negative comments in earlier years.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Did Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt let the cat out of the bag on Tax Credits?

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attracted all the headlines at the Tory party conference this week when he announced that councils would be able to set and spend business rates – instead of being a conduit for the government.

Liz Nice - Opinion

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It’s hard to feel helpless, but that seems to be the theme of this week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It was this week claimed that women in full-time employment will effectively work for nothing from now until the new year as a result of the gender pay gap.  Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

There was a bit of a brouhaha this week after Mick McCarthy told his star striker, Daryl Murphy, who scored a hat trick at Rotherham at the weekend after a long dry spell, to ‘leave your sister at home’ in future.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Stella Creasy had to stop the tampon tax debate

The ‘F’ word still seems to bother people, doesn’t it? writes Liz Nice.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
A vintage Ferguson tractor in action at the Museum of East Anglian in Stowmarket

I’ve been doing the museum trail again this year as a judge in the annual Suffolk Museum of the Year competition, and once again it has been a rewarding and humbling experience.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
What is Tony Blair's legacy?

Unfortunately, when we die, we don’t get to choose how we are remembered, writes Liz Nice.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn (left) prepares to take to the stage after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London, as (right to left) Andy Burnham, Harriet Harman and Sadiq Khan applaud. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 12, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

I was reprimanded this week by a man writing in telling me to grow up.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Sixth formers at Felixstowe Academy must not sport any facial hair - unlike Jeremy Corbyn

As a former teacher of sixth formers, I was interested to hear Felixstowe Academy’s plan to suit and boot its sixth form with a new dress code, writes Liz Nice.

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