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With a late Easter and local council elections just 10 days away, candidates and their supporters will carry on campaigning over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A community being inundated with applications for hundreds of homes has expressed relief after one set of proposals was turned down.

Yesterday, 19:00

As the sun shone and weather forecasters promised a glorious Easter, it looks as if youngsters are set to have fun in Ipswich Cornhill’s new fountains.

While the Conservatives at Babergh District Council enjoy an overwhelming majority, historically that hasn’t always been the case.

Yesterday, 07:30

The starting pistol has been fired for elections many politicians in the UK insist they don’t want and shouldn’t be having – the poll for British MEPs.

Wed, 11:14

A rapturous reception greeted a planning committee’s decision to vote down plans to turn several residential properties into supported housing.

Much like the changes happening in the east of the county, the new West Suffolk Council will elect its first cohort to replace two previous councils.

Tue, 19:00

The boarded-up former Thing-Me-Bobs discount shop in Sudbury town centre could be turned into a late-night gaming bar.

Drainage crews have been called out nine times in the space of 14 months to pump stagnant water out of a busy Ipswich junction, it has emerged – costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

Paul Geater - Opinion

Tue, 13:12

I often find local election campaigns very frustrating because far too many politicians see them as glorified opinion polls on the performance of national government rather than a chance for voters to have a say on how local services are run.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

It’s been a very long time since I’ve approached the start of a political campaign with quite as much foreboding as I feel about the start of the 2019 local election contest.

Friday, April 5, 2019

I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of plans to renew Ipswich Cornhill since it was first proposed by Lord Stuart Rose in 2012.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The real issue at the heart of the whole Brexit saga is that just as the nation was facing the greatest political and economic crisis in several generations, its political leaders are the worst anyone has ever seen.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Democracy, they say, is the worst possible political system . . . apart from all the others – and we’re seeing a prime example of that this week locally as well as nationally.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

When I was studying for my history A level in the mid-1970s, one of our textbooks for the course was “Europe in the Age of Uncertainty” covering the years 1750-1870.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Let me make it clear from the start that I would love it if there was an Ipswich northern bypass. It would make my journeys from my home in north west of the town to the Suffolk coast much easier.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

This year’s local council elections in Suffolk are just over a couple of months away – and I’m starting think they could be much more interesting than I had expected just a few weeks ago.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Over the last four decades I’ve seen many ambitious schemes come forward to redevelop and improve Ipswich town centre.

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