20 OCT 2014

Children's Relationship with Separated Parents Emphasised in Law

Therese has welcomed the reinforcement in law of the importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown. The new law which comes in effect this Wednesday will require family courts to presume that each parent's involvement in the child's life will further their welfare – where it is safe to do so. Therese said: "It is important that children have a positive relationship with both of their parents. No parent should be excluded from their child's life for no good reason. This change in the law makes clear to the family courts that there should be presumption that each parent will play a role in the...

16 OCT 2014

Unemployment at Record Low

Therese has welcomed the biggest annual fall in unemployment with those out of work at an eight-year low. In Suffolk Coastal the number of people claiming Jobseeker's allowance has fallen to 461, down 32 in a month and 385 from last year. Youth unemployment is at the lowest ever level. Therese said: "The figures show that unemployment has reached another record low here in Suffolk Coastal which is great news for the extra people in work now with the security of a pay packet." "There was concerning news this week about potential redundancies in Leiston with the Department of Work and Pensions already providing support. The long term...

16 OCT 2014

Taking the Fight to Fraudulent Websites

Therese has today welcomed Government action on misleading websites that pass themselves off as legitimate government services and is encouraging residents to join the fight to tackle them. Many people come across these third-party sites in the sponsored adverts section on web search engines. Therese said: "A significant number of constituents have contacted me about misleading websites and I'm glad the Government is taking action. The Government met with Google earlier this year to agree a mechanism for removal and similar arrangements have been put in place with other providers. The adverts often break the search engine providers'...

15 OCT 2014

Action Taken to Address NHS Dental Shortage in Felixstowe

Following contact from constituents Therese has intervened with NHS England about problems becoming an NHS dental patient in Felixstowe. NHS England has now replied and recognises the urgency of tackling this problem, with Area Director Andrew Reed putting in place an urgent review on the situation in Felixstowe. Therese said: "It was very useful that people came forward to tell me about this situation. I am pleased by the response I received that urgent action is taking place to address this problem. I am always pleased to hear from residents about their experiences within the NHS and if there are problems I will press the case. If...

13 OCT 2014

Record Adoption Figures Mean More Children Get Better Start in Life

New figures published this week have shown that more than 5,000 children have been placed in loving, stable homes in the last 12 months – an increase of 26 per cent on the previous year and includes 95 in Suffolk. Official figures from the Department for Education show that Conservative reforms are building a world-class adoption system, which places children with their new families more quickly. The Government have: Made adoption easier, by stopping ethnicity being prioritised over other factors - like the ability to provide a stable, loving home. Made it easier for adoptive parents to foster a child first – so children can move...

12 OCT 2014

Therese Visits Leiston Bike Project

Therese visited a special bike project in Leiston on Friday, which is helping former homeless people in temporary accommodation across Suffolk to get their lives back on track. She joined local community members to celebrate the success of the scheme run by Flagship Young People's Services in the town's High Street.   The project offers residents the chance to learn how to renovate old and broken bikes to provide inexpensive transportation not just for themselves, but also for residents at other schemes in the region. Bikes for the project have been donated by Flagship staff, Suffolk Constabulary, local community groups and neighbours,...

03 OCT 2014

Rendlesham Application to be Decided by Secretary of State

Following the intervention of Therese the planning application to convert the Angel theatre and sports centre in Rendlesham into housing will be decided by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, rather than the Planning Inspectorate. Therese said: "The planning application goes completely against the spirit of the Neighbourhood Plan. Following a meeting I had with Cllr Kay Nash and the Parish Clerk, Heather Heelis I spoke to local government ministers to seek approval for the Secretary of State to make the decision on this rather than the Planning Inspectorate. I am pleased to say that has been agreed to and I hope it will be turned...

26 SEP 2014

£8 Million to Train the Next Generation of the Nuclear Workforce

Therese has welcomed the announcement from government this week that £8 million has been set aside to train the next generation of nuclear technicians and engineers. As well as providing funding for apprenticeship and STEM workshop places the money will fund a labour market analysis of the current and future skills needs for the UK nuclear industry, including national and regional reports of skills shortages and gaps. Therese said: "I'm delighted that the Government is investing in training for our nuclear industry. The construction of Sizewell C will create thousands of jobs and will provide a massive boost the local economy. It is...

24 SEP 2014

Therese's Constituency Tour: An Invitation to Meet Your MP

From Monday 6th October, Therese is once again conducting her constituency tour.  She will criss-cross the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency over 5 days, stopping off in towns and villages to talk with residents in community halls, pubs and shops. Her full tour schedule is published below. Please come along to speak with Therese. If you cannot make it you can contact her here. Monday 6th October 10.15 - 10.30 - Nacton - Mobile Post Office.10.45 - 11.00  - Warren Heath - Sainsburys inside the entrance.11.05 - 11.20  - Foxhall - The Shepherd & Dog.11.25 - 11.40 -  Levington - Outside the Village Hall. 11.45 - 12.00...

23 SEP 2014

Labour's Schools Policy Would've Vetoed Saxmundham Free School

Therese has spoken out against Labour's policy, confirmed at their party conference this week, that they would have prevented Saxmundham Free School from opening had they been in power. Therese said: "Parents of Saxmundham Free school pupils will be concerned to learn that if Labour were in power then the school would never have opened. Labour have confirmed that they would block the opening of any Free School in an area where there are excess places, preventing choice for parents and pupils." Therese added: "Saxmundham Free School has already demonstrated it's delivering a high standard of education having been rated Good with...


Thank you for visiting my website. It is my privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal. When Parliament is sitting, I am in Westminster Monday to Thursday and in Suffolk on Fridays and weekends. I hope you find the information useful and please do get in touch using the contact form or email me (details below).


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