After a big week in Parliament I was out delivering my transport surveys with volunteers. This week we also saw Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin dismiss the democratic will of the people of Ipswich and back a 2nd Referendum . He believe 56 – 44 (it was actually 58%) is not a big majority and he knows better than the voters that elected him.
Good meeting with Jonathan Denby from Greater Anglia this afternoon at Ipswich train station. It’s looking likely over the summer they will be rolling out the new trains across the network.
I was delighted to move into my new flat just off the Waterfront a couple of months ago. Never before have I lived by the water, so it makes a pleasant change. However, I see it as my job to campaign for things that will make Ipswich an even better place to live.
One of these priorities is transport. For me, the overriding infrastructure priority needs to be a northern bypass! When it comes to campaigning for this I plan to leave no stone left unturned. So far I’ve met with officials from the Department for Transport on two occasions and the County Council leader, to make clear my strong support.
Interestingly, I also had a long chat with the Secretary of State for International Trade about it as well. Stressing to him the importance of a northern bypass from the perspective of our country’s largest and busiest sea container port: the Port of Felixstowe.
This issue needs to be covered from multiple angles and I will not shy away from being robust in calling for significant financial investment from the Government. Ipswich needs and deserves better transport infrastructure and less traffic. Rest assured, I’m on the case!
Conservative, Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Ipswich
Have the Ipswich Labour Party forgotten that just over two years ago almost 40,000 people in the Borough of Ipswich voted to leave the EU? Over 58% of those who voted in Ipswich voted to leave. Is that not a clear enough verdict from the people of Ipswich?
I do think it takes a certain brass neck to visit a Town where almost 40,000 people voted to leave the EU with a bus covered with such a message. Perhaps more appropriate for them to cover the bus with the message, “B******* to the 58.3%” or “B******* to what you voted for”.
The last four weeks for me have had a strong focus on education. All in all I’ve visited five secondary schools, meeting with the head teacher at each. These meetings have been extremely useful and have given me a real insight into the challenges there are within our schools.
During the selection process to become the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Ipswich I made clear my support for a northern relief road for Ipswich. I’m fully aware of how significant this issue is for Ipswich and the benefits that a new road could bring.
“I’ve had a busy few weeks meeting people across the Town. Two weeks ago I published my website outlining my five top priorities for Ipswich: 1. Fighting for improvements to transport infrastructure 2. Increasing opportunities for young people 3. Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour 4. The town center 5. Health services and Ipswich Hospital.