Cllr Liz Harsant

Holywells Borough Councillor

I was first elected to Ipswich Borough Council in 2002 the year the boundaries changed and stood for re-election the following year.  In 2004 I became Leader of the Council in a joint administration with the Lib Dems.  I remained in that position until May 2011. It was a great honour to be the first female to become Leader and to see through the move to Grafton House and probably the most challenging trying to bring about a Unitary Council. One of the most distressing times when I was Leader was the murder of the five girls.  The late James Hehir Chief Executive asked me to take charge of the media and it was at times very upsetting.  After the deaths I helped set up the Charity “Somebody’s Daughter” and worked with all the agencies to produce the Prostitute Strategy which is used all round the UK.


In opposition I am Chairman of Overview & Scrutiny.  Holywells Ward has seen many changes since I was elected and mostly the emerging Waterfront and the restoration of Holywells Park.  I am Chairman of the local Association a position I have held 3 times now but delighted that I saw the re-election of Ben Gummer.  My interests are reading, walking especially dogs, my family I have two daughters and six grandchildren.  I love travelling and wish I had more time to do this.  I am involved in many local charities, I am a Corporate Member of Suffolk New College where I chair the Audit & Risk Committee and I am chair of Parkside Pupil Referral Unit.  My ambition is to see Ipswich flourish it is such a lovely town and I believe the future will see huge change for the town.


See Also

Cllr Nadia Cenci

Ipswich Borough Council - Stoke Park Ward
Group Chairman, Borough Conservative Group
Association Deputy Chairman, Political and Campaigning

"It has been my privilege to represent the people of Stoke Park, where I live. I am proud of my record of service helping to tackle issues both big and small."

Cllr Ian Fisher

Councillor for Castle Hill Borough Group Council Leader
Borough Group Leader

Conservative Group Leader and Councillor for Castle Hill Ward

Cllr Richard Pope

Borough Councillor- Bixley Ward

Richard is a teacher at a local high school, working with children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Cllr Edward Phillips

Borough Councillor for Bixley Ward & Deputy Group Leader

Eddy was elected to Ipswich Borough Council in May 2014 and re-elected in May 2018. He was previously the Conservative Candidate in St John’s, Priory Heath and Alexandra Wards so has a wealth of campaigning experience across the whole town. He is Deputy Group Leader.

Cllr John Carnall

Borough Councillor, Bixley Ward

Cllr John Carnall was elected to Ipswich Borough Council in June 2004 representing St John's ward. In September 2004 he became the Council's Finance Portfolio Holder and the Deputy Leader in March 2005. John remained in these posts until May 2011.

Cllr Bob Hall

Borough Councillor - Stoke Park Ward

Bob was previously Borough Councillor for Sprites Ward. He was elected to Stoke Park in May 2017 and re-elected in May 2019. He works closely with fellow councillor Nadia Cenci.



Councillor Erion Xhaferaj

Borough Councillor for Castle HIll Ward

Erion was the councillor for Whitton from 2015 to 2019 and was elected to Castle Hill in May 2019.