LOCAL HOMES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE: TOM CONTINUES TO LEAD CALLS FOR A LOCAL RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT TO BE INTRODUCED
The local Labour council do not have a local residency requirement for local council housing. This means that people with zero connection to Ipswich are often gaining access to council housing ahead of local Ipswich residents who have lived in the Town their whole lives. Tom is pushing for a requirement that you have to have lived in Ipswich for 6 years before being able to gain access to local Council housing. Ipswich Labour have ignored this call. If elected Tom will to continue push for the adoption of a local residency requirement.
Tom says: “It’s time that the local Labour council put Ipswich residents first and ensured that local people are always prioritized when it comes to council housing. I support more council housing but a local residency requirement needs to be introduced to ensure that local people benefit from new council housing. Other councils have such a policy so there is no reason why Ipswich Borough Council can’t adopt one.”
DELIVERING BREXIT: TOM THINKS ITS VITAL THE REFERENDUM RESULT IS RESPECTED AND BREXIT DELIVERED
Conservative MP candidate for Ipswich Tom Hunt has said its vital that we respect the EU referendum result and leave the EU by the end of October come what may. He said that the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister gives us the best chance of achieving this aim. The Labour MP for Ipswich voted to block Brexit in Parliament on multiple occasions despite the fact that Ipswich as a Town voted to leave. Tom voted to leave the EU in the referendum.
Tom says: “Me and thousands of other Ipswich residents are deeply disappointed that we haven’t already left the EU. Boris Johnson led the leave campaign and passionately believes in Brexit. Boris will fight to deliver Brexit and ensure we leave by the end of October. I will continue to hold the local Labour MP to account who is doing everything he can in Parliament to block Brexit. Labour and the Lib Dems support a second referendum and don’t respect the vote to leave the EU. The next election will be a fight between me and the local Labour MP. It’s about time Ipswich has an MP who wants to deliver Brexit.”
Tom has been working with local stakeholders to promote policies at local government level to increase the number of trees across the town and to make cycling an easier and more pleasurable experience. In his professional life Tom has also been working on proposals to establish one of the country’s first local Climate Change Commissions.
Tom says: “It is imperative that we take steps to protect our planet. People should be encouraged to leave their cars at home. Cyclists in Ipswich face challenges and I believe that there are improvements that could be made to be make this a more desirable travel option. I have also held meetings with the County Council about the need to introduce an automatic tree replacement policy.”
I will fight to ensure that Ipswich Hospital gets the financial support it needs to carry on delivering the level of services that it currently provides. I will keep a close eye on Ipswich Hospitals merger with Colchester Hospital to ensure that the merger works for the people of Ipswich.
If we’re to have a thriving town centre and local economy, by attracting investment into our town, crime must be reduced. The culture of carrying knives must stop, residents deserve to feel safe on the streets of Ipswich and I will work with local authorities and the police to make this happen.