In this blog I will be giving my political opinions on both issues at home and abroad.
I will also focus on the issues that affect the people of Ipswich and in particular those who live in Rushmere Ward.
I will also try and give an insight to how I will be campaigning in Rushmere and Ipswich as we fight against the savage cuts imposed by this Tory Government
Been too busy campaigning to blog recently but with just a few days to go I thought I better comment on the latest newspaper from Ben Gummer our Tory MP.
Ben seems to have done plenty for the town, but has he done it all on his own? Or has he even done some of the things he mentions? Also noticeable that he seems to have forgot a few things he was involved in.
Education - takes credit for Chantry being re-built but forgets to mention it was already planned to be re-built under Labour but the Tory Government delayed it for over 2 years. Gummer also 'forgets' to mention Ipswich Academy - a school a few years ago he was taking credit for having it built - but after the Scandinavian Academy chain (that Gummer was quick to praise) left after failing to improve the school we are now left with a new academy trying to improve a school that has been built to a design suited just to the Scandinavian style of teaching.
Gummer also forgets to mention the forced acdemisation of a number of our Primary Schools or the failure of the Tory County Council to build much needed Primary schools.
Better trains - still waiting! Normally on a platform after further disruption.
Revive our town centre- Buttermarket developers praised the Planning system at Ipswich Borough Council for their assistance in helping with the re-development of the complex. But according to latest Tory junk mail it was Mr Gummer who was the force behind the development.
We might not want him as our MP but as a Labour run Borough Council we have worked with Mr Gummer, private business and the County Council to help improve our town - those partnerships have worked but Mr Gummer just seems to want to take all the praise.
Trees - Ben is taking credit for all the County Council now agreeing to plant new trees, but Ben forgets to mention that it was Tory County Council that was not planting trees, he mentions the 6 trees in Westbury that he has got planted - well the residents are still waiting as no trees been planted yet and the County Council seem to be implying it may only be 2 trees not 6 that get planted. Mr Gummer also fails to mention that it was Labour County Councillor, Sandra Gage who has worked the closest with residents to get the council to change their rules.
Northern by-pass - seems Mr Gummer is now keen on a northern route (has he told Dr Dan?) but why has it taken him so long? In 2015 he kept telling residents in the north of the town that he would do what he could do delay building much needed homes and only 3 weeks ago the Tory County Council candidates were still telling residents they would fight development of the northern fringe- what is the real Tory vision for the north of our town.
But the biggest bit of hypocrisy, Mr Gummer uses the strapline of 'home for all', funny that as in 2015 he managed to stop the Labour Council building much needed homes in the Borough, a decision that also cost residents millions of pounds- wonder why he never mentioned that?
So on Thursday, vote for Sandy Martin- he does care about the town, loves Ipswich and lives here- because if Ipswich is so great thanks to Mr Gummer why does he not buy a house and actually live in the town he represents?
We are lucky in Ipswich, we have a strong and hard working
Labour Party ,a Labour Council that residents know does a good job and now we
have a Labour Candidate who would make a great MP for the town – Sandy Martin
I was tempted to put my own hat into the ring to be the
candidate, I think Labour has a great chance to win in Ipswich if we have a
local candidate and a moderate.
The Ipswich CLP is made up of many different wings of the
party, from moderates to Corbynistas but we have remained united, we campaign
hard together and fortunately do not have the outside influences of Momentum to
worry about. We discuss policy in a comradely way, we are passionate about what we believe in but in the end we work together for what is the best for Ipswich residents.
Gummer has made much of being only worried about Ipswich,
but he no longer lives in the town ( his website still says he does and that he
is a season ticket holder at ITFC- crowds are so low now, I am sure I would
have spotted him if he was.) His latest paper seems to take claim for anything
good that is happening in the town from the new cinema in the Buttermarket and
the building of a new car park – both done by a Labour Council with little help
from Mr Gummer or his Government!
He boasts about the changing fortunes at Chantry but seems
to want us to forget the mess left at Ipswich Academy when the Scandinavian
Trust he backed left to be replaced by a trust who now have a building that does not suit the way they
want to run the school.
So we need a new MP who cares about Ipswich, lives in
Ipswich and who can work with a Labour Council to help improve the lives of all
Ipswich residents (not just those who just live north of Valley Road!)
So I will work my socks off for Sandy – I am not a fan of
Corbyn but I am campaigning for Sandy and the local Labour Party. For all my
doubts about Corbyn, he would still make a better Prime Minister than May – the
cyber attack on the NHS, her stance on Brexit and her failings as Home
Secretary – none of these add up to ‘strong and stable’.
When Corbyn won the second leadership battle, I wrote this;
I would ask all Labour members to stay, the party,
the county, the electorate are far more important that one leader.
This is still important now but I would say to those who
want to vote Labour but worry about Corbyn that the country is more important
than one leader and that we have a good manifesto and good MPs who can
As someone put on social media today;
“I like Labour’s policies but I don’t like Corbyn”
Then vote Labour and vote for the policies. You’re not
choosing who you want to be King of the Jungle on I’m a celebrity get me out of
Seems it is the Tory Defence Minister who has the job of attacking Corbyn any chance he gets with Boris occasionally being allowed to have a go. I myself have concerns about Corbyn and the Armed Forces, but the Tories keep bringing up the past- links to the IRA, comments on NATO and his role in CND, But let us not be fooled into thinking the Tories are the party for the Armed Forces.
Mistakes were made in Iraq but the way Cameron and the Tories jumped straight into the conflict in Libya shows little was learnt by this Government but I have many friends still serving, morale is low, numbers are low, redundancy threats still hang over many but you do not just have to believe me - the BBC has caught the defence Secretary out and he repeated his distorted view of the facts on the Marr show this morning.
The Labour Party should be the party that the Armed Forces trust, Corbyn has much to do to get our servicemen's trust but do not fall for the Tory lie that they care about the Armed Forces
THE BBC FACT CHECK
The claim:The Conservatives pledged to build up the size of the army to 82,000 by 2020.
Reality Check verdict: The actual manifesto pledge was to not let the size of the army fall below 82,000. It currently stands at nearly 78,500 so that pledge has been broken.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was asked on the Andrew Marr Show about the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge on army numbers from the 2015 election.
"We said we would build the army up to 82,000 by the year 2020," he replied, adding that the number was currently just over 79,000 but pointing out that it was not yet 2020.
But Mr Fallon was mistaken about what his party had promised to do two years ago.
The actual pledge from the manifesto was: "We will maintain the size of the regular armed services and not reduce the army to below 82,000."
Ipswich pupils including those at schools in my own Ward have been let down by this Tory County Council over the last 8 years and now the Tory Government also decides that children are an easy target - Sidegate could see £94,315 cut from their budget!
You will not that see that mentioned in the paper column of Tory MP, Ben Gummer.
Labour members informing parents at Sidegate Primary of the Tory cuts.
Guess this could be said about some of those who have suddenly become the Labour Party's biggest cheerleaders but in fact it is those who have suddenly found their voice to voice their concerns about Brexit.
Tomorrow evening there is an Emergency protest outside Parliament to defend EU Migrants' right to remain in the UK .I am happy that many wish to join the protest but do feel for some it is more about being seen than actually believing this is the right thing to do. I do believe that most of the people at the rally will want EU migrants to be able to remain in the UK but a few will be quite happy that we are leaving the EU. Jeremy Corbyn was lukewarm at most to staying in the EU, and McDonnell did little on the campaign front.Since the EU vote, Corbyn has put little pressure on the Government over their Brexit proposals. But at least they are getting involved now. But what annoyed me the most was to see Momentum involved in the rally, during the EU referendum campaign I asked one of their national organisers what their stance on the EU referendum, he answered that they had yet to decide, not sure they ever did! But now we find them at the front of the fight - some would say they are better being their than fighting their fellow Corbyn supporters in Grassroots Momentum. Maybe it is the cynic in me but have a feeling that this sudden keen interest in Brexit protests by Corbyn and Momentum may be because they have realised that many who supported Corbyn in the leadership election are also some of those who were the biggest supporters of the Pro EU campaign!
The people of Britain still care - many of us have spent time helping others, we welcome those who are escaping from persecution, hunger and war.
Our trouble is that we have a Tory Government attempting to be more right wing and unwelcoming as UKIP.
Many of our local Tory MPs voted to scrap the 'Dubs' amendment.
I imagine that many of them don't care about others but you do hope at least a few of them feel embarrassed as they hurry past the two statues remembering the Kinder Transport children.
A time when Britain was proud to say we helped Jewish children flee the Nazi Party, not sure currently that many Tory MPs can feel proud of their recent actions.
My own Labour Party also needs to realise the further we move away from ever being in a position to form a Labour Government we are also letting down the children that Alf Dubs has fought so hard for to help.