25 NOV 2014

Therese Visits Colneis School Ahead of Flag Waving Ceremony

Therese visited Colneis Infant School in Felixstowe on Friday to see the children designing and making flags for a ceremony in Parliament Square next year to celebrate 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.  Therese nominated the school to represent Suffolk Coastal at the event following their excellent submission demonstrating their commitment to democratic action. Therese said: "I was delighted to nominate Colneis and Fairfield Schools to represent Suffolk Coastal in the flag waving ceremony in Parliament Square to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montford Parliament next...

19 NOV 2014

New Funding for Minibuses for Community Transport Operators

Therese has welcomed the announcement this week that £25m has been made available from Government to provide minibuses to community transport operators in rural areas. Therese said: "I'm delighted that the Government has signalled its continued commitment to support local voluntary bus operators by making £25m available for new minibuses. Community bus providers are essential to keep communities alive and independent, especially here in rural Suffolk. This large amount of money is to help those who already do so much to support their community." The fund is focused on existing voluntary and third sector organisations that already...

17 NOV 2014

MMO U-turns on Aldeburgh Beach Licensing Following Intervention from MP

Following the intervention from Therese, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has backtracked on its proposal to licencethe 'trimming' of Aldeburgh beach, which would have seen local fishermen and the RNLI having to notify the regulator every time they moved shingle to launch their boats. Therese said: "I'm pleased that the MMO has put a stop to their ill thought out proposal. Moving the shingle is essential for fishermen and our local lifeboat crew to launch their boats. Both organisations were faced with having to pay a licence fee and to notify the MMO every time they carry out this process, despite them doing it for many many...

14 NOV 2014

Therese Visits Felixstowe Academy to Mark Parliament Week

To mark Parliament week Therese visited Felixstowe Academy to give a talk and answer questions from students. Therese said: "As the local MP it is important for me to talk to our young people about our democratic institutions and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Felixstowe Academy. The students asked some really insightful questions and I am sure they went away more enthused to take an active part in our political process." Therese added: "I always encourage groups and schools to visit Parliament and was pleased to welcome children and teachers from Farlingaye High school to Westminster last week. Visiting Parliament is an important...

13 NOV 2014

MP Demands MMO Stops Interfering in Trimming of Aldeburgh Beach

Therese has today spoken out against a proposal from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to licence the 'trimming' of the shingle beach in Aldeburgh and treating it as dredging. Both local fishermen and the RNLI are affected with fishermen having to trim the beach every time they launch their boats. Therese said: "Moving the shingle is essential for fishermen and our local lifeboat crew to launch their boats. Both organisations are now faced with having to pay a licence fee and to notify the MMO every time they carry out this process, despite them doing it for many many years without any intervention from Government." The Chairman...

12 NOV 2014

Unemployment Continues to Fall

Therese has welcomed another record low in unemployment as those out of work continues to fall. Therese said: "It is great news that unemployment has reached another record low here in Suffolk Coastal, now down by over 60% since the General Election in 2010. 446 people are currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance, down from 461 last month and 1,182 in May 2010." Therese added: "Today's figures show our long term economic plan is working, getting more people into work with the security to support their families."

10 NOV 2014

Therese Welcomes Plans to Eliminate Poor Mobile Phone Coverage

Therese has welcomed the launch of  a Government consultation which sets out plans to eliminate poor mobile coverage that blights a fifth of the UK, including here in Suffolk. Therese said: "I love living in our part of Suffolk but one of my few irritations is the poor mobile phone signal. We have too many areas where only one or two operators cover. These "partial not-spots" are bad for residents, businesses, health and care workers as well as tourists.  When I was on the Culture and Media committee, we pressed the case for better mobile 4G broadband in rural areas and that will come but we also need better phone coverage." Therese...

06 NOV 2014

Therese Welcomes £23m Investment in Neighbourhood Plans

Therese has today welcomed the announcement that £23m of new funding has been set aside by Government to encourage more communities to develop Neighbourhood Plans. The money will provide community groups with grant funding and expert advice needed to put their plan together. Therese said: "I am delighted the Government has set aside this additional money to enable communities to put together their Neighbourhood Plans, enabling them to have a greater say over the future of their parish. Neighbourhood plans are used in determining planning applications and although can't block reasonable sustainable development they give real teeth on how...

04 NOV 2014

Therese Welcomes Rail Report Launch to Secure £500m Investment

Therese has today welcomed the launch of the railway report of The Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce which outlines the business case for nearly £500m of investment into trains and track from East Anglia to London. Therese said: "I'm delighted to support the railway report put together by the The Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce.  Well done particularly to MPs Ben Gummer, Chloe Smith and Priti Patel for leading the taskforce, working hard with New Anglia LEP, our councils and local businesses to put this proposal together." Therese added: "This is the next stage of a long-term campaign started back in 2011 to put our rail needs on the...

31 OCT 2014

Therese Dishes up Free Chips for all at Dogs Trust Reception

Therese supported the launch of the Dogs Trust Chip My Dog website in Parliament this week. chipmydog.org.uk is a one stop-shop for all microchipping queries giving dog owners advice on the upcoming change in law and free microchipping services. Therese said: "I was pleased to support Dogs Trust and help the charity launch its Chip My Dog website. Compulsory micro-chipping for all dogs comes into effect in April 2016 and I'm delighted Dogs Trust is offering a free service." "Having a microchip means dogs can quickly be reunited with their owner. Currently dogs can be put down after just 7 days in kennels if not claimed. It is also easier for police...


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