Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) is the organisation responsible for treating mental illness in Suffolk and Norfolk. This is a service that is currently in Special Measures, making it the first and only mental health trust in the country to be under performing to this extent. Even more worrying is the recent announcement that 90 jobs are set to be cut across the trust.
Well done, Babergh Liberal Democrats, for a very successful by-election in Hadleigh! Suffolk Coastal Liberal Democrats would like to congratulate you, and new Liberal Democrat county councillor Trevor Sheldrick, for an excellent campaign and a stunning result. With the election of Trevor, the Conservative Party have lost their majority on Suffolk County Council, and our Suffolk neighbours in Hadleigh have gained an excellent county councillor with a long record of service to the community. A superb result for Trevor, for Hadleigh, for Suffolk, and for the Liberal Democrats. We send our best wishes and many congratulations.
Two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU's Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.
The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there's no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.
Liberal Democrats are celebrating gaining the Hadleigh seat on Suffolk County Council. As a result the out of touch Conservatives have lost their majority on the council. They can no longer be certain of driving through their policies at budget time and on other crucial votes.
Suffolk's newest county councillor is Trevor Sheldrick, a respected town councillor with a long record of service to the town. The full result was:
On the 15th September we were celebrating the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which united British and Polish pilots in the common struggle against the ominous Nazi threat. The fierce aerial battle between the RAF and the German Luftwaffe was crucial to the Allied triumph over the Third Reich. During those events Polish pilots established an unparalleled reputation for courage, commitment and extraordinary effectiveness in combat.
On 16 September, Sara Mihajlovic achieved 18% of the vote in the by-election in Puckeridge, caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor James Cartwright. This is more than double the share of the vote achieved by Liberal Democrats in Hertford and Stortford and North East Hertfordshire constituencies in the General Election, and a remarkable result in a ward where we had not put forward a candidate in recent elections.
Autumn has arrived... that season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and Liberal Democrat conferences! The main party conference was in Brighton last weekend, finishing on Tuesday, and you can read more about it on the party website at www.libdems.org.uk/news.
Geographically closer to home is the upcoming East of England Regional Conference, which is a one-day event to be held (this year) in Peterborough, on Saturday 15 October from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Norman Lamb MP will open the proceedings, and Baroness Lynne Featherstone will be the keynote speaker, with planned policy motions to include "Next steps following the EU referendum" and "A low carbon economy for the East of England". Just as at the main party conference, there will be reports and feedback from our Lib Dem MP and peers, and on elections and constitutional issues, and there is a slot for an emergency motion to be decided closer to the time. There will also be training sessions and fringe meetings. You can read more details at http://eastlibdems.org.uk/en/page/regional-conference-2016, and the preliminary draft agenda is available for download from here.
Lib Dem Councillor Peter Wexham, supported by Councillor Carole Mulroney, has been working with the local fishing industry and Government Departments to get further EU grants. These will provide better facilities and safer working conditions for local fishermen.
It includes a grant to improve the toilets and showers on Bell Wharf and to resurface the wharf. The work will be done outside the cockle season to avoid periods when boats regularly use the wharf.
Jill Allen-King OBE, the well-known national campaigner for the blind and partially sighted, and a local Lib Dem member, hast been appointed to be a member of c2c's Passenger Panel.
Jill says "As c2c's passenger surveys and consultations do not seem to take the views of elderly and disabled customers into account, I would like to hear from anyone who finds travelling on the Fenchurch Street line difficult.