16 APR 2014

Therese Welcomes Investment in East Anglia Rail Line

Therese has welcomed the announcement today that Abellio Greater Anglia have signed a two year contract extension with the Department for Transport which commits them to a £20m package of service improvements for East Anglia. The deal includes a commitment to improve train service performance and reliability, including rolling stock modifications and infrastructure projects along with a promise the continue to work with the Department for Transport to make journey times faster. A major refresh to the carriages on the Great Eastern Main Line will also take place with power points, new carpets, upgraded toilets and an interior and...

14 APR 2014

Felixstowe Mayor Opens New Constituency Office

Therese's new constituency office was officially opened by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Jan Garfield, on Friday. The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries including Councillors, representatives from the local GP surgery, the CAB, Guides and the Royal British Legion as well as local business people. Therese said: "I was delighted that I could share the opening with so many people that make Felixstowe special and particular thanks to the Mayor for cutting the ribbon. It is great to be in the heart of the largest town in my constituency but I will continue to get around the entire patch." Constituents can find the new contact details...

10 APR 2014

Therese Speaks out on Sizewell Accommodation Site

Therese has expressed strong concerns that EDF appear not to be listening to the opinions of villagers over proposals for the workers accommodation site at Sizewell C when she attended the Community Forum recently. EDF want to build just one campus with thousands of bed spaces at Eastbridge with residents understandably concerned about the large impact that will have locally. Therese said: "I'm disappointed that EDF seem wedded to the proposal of building just one accommodation site without considering other proposals in more detail. They need to listen to local residents. We know from Hinkley Point in Somerset that there is more than...

08 APR 2014

MP on the Lookout for School Flag-wavers to Celebrate Magna Carta

Therese is encouraging local primary schools to apply to become the official flag-wavers for Suffolk at a national celebration next year marking the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. In March 2015, flags representing every county in the UK will fly in Parliament Square. They will be selected from a flag designed by one primary school in every constituency and Therese is on the lookout for Suffolk Coastal's entry. Therese said: "The Magna Carta is an extremely important document which enshrines in law many of the liberties we all enjoy today. Like the barons who settled King John at Runnymede the Speaker's Committee has...

08 APR 2014

Therese Backs Theatre Tax Relief Plans

Therese has backed Government plans to increase theatre tax relief.  In the Budget the Chancellor announced that tax relief of up to 25% would be available to touring productions and 20% to other productions from September, including plays, musicals and dance. Therese said: "This is good news for the arts in Suffolk and will support our theatre productions which are enjoyed by a great number of people. It is important we enable productions that play such an important role in the cultural life of Suffolk to thrive. Aldeburgh Music as a charity is already able to access gift aid on any donations." The Government have launched a consultation...

03 APR 2014

Therese Backs Code Club to Help Young People Secure Jobs in Technology

Last week in Parliament Therese attended the Samsung Electronics and Code Club event, the national network of over 1,300after school coding clubs which provide young people with the skills they need for a career in technology. Code Club runs a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Therese said: "I fully support the work of Code Club to foster digital skills. I recently attended the Championship for young computer coders hosted by BT at Martlesham so know first-hand the benefit of coding to our young people. Educating our children how to code supports the learning of the STEM (Science,...

27 MAR 2014

Therese Pushes for Dualling of Ipswich to Felixstowe Rail Line in Ports Debate

Therese used her contribution in the access to ports debate in Parliament today to push for the dualling of the Felixstowe to Ipswich rail line. She also received assurances from the Transport Minister that there would be no delay in the upgrade to the A14 now the tolling proposals have been dropped. Therese said: "Felixstowe to Nuneaton is an important freight rail line and I know the Government have already recognised that. The new Ipswich Chord will in the future allow considerably more freight trains to be able to run smoothly through to Nuneaton and up to the Midlands. It is the Felixstowe to Ipswich line itself though that...

27 MAR 2014

Therese Encourages Students to Attend Futures Day at Farnborough Airshow

Therese is today urging schools and colleges across Suffolk to sign up to attend the 2014 Futures Day at the Farnborough International Airshow. The designated day is offered at no cost for school and college groups and sees aerospace companies from all over the country open their doors to the next generation of budding engineers and scientists. The 2014 Futures Day will enable young people to discover more about potential career opportunities and world-leading technology. Students will be able to take part in an exciting programme of hands-on activities, as well as meet experts, apprentices and graduates already working in the sector and...

25 MAR 2014

MP Urges Reform to Health Funding Formula to Recognise Ageing Population

Today in Parliament, Therese led a debate on NHS funding for an ageing population in which she suggested that the needs of elderly patients were not being recognised as they should in the allocation of funds across the country, particularly in rural, coastal areas. Therese said, "I am proud that the NHS budget has risen under this Government and will continue to do so. From my experience as an MP with a rather elderly constituency—more than a quarter of its population are pensioners—I have come to realise that how the NHS has allocated its funding is simply not fair to older patients. The Keogh review states that much of the...

20 MAR 2014

Therese Welcomes Budget for a Resilient Economy

Yesterday in Parliament, the Chancellor delivered a Budget for a resilient economy as growth rates were revised upwards and tax cut for millions of people. Reacting to the speech, Therese said: "The measures announced will help continue the economic recovery; helping savers, cutting taxes, reforming pensions, reducing the cost of childcare and supporting business.  The Chancellor confirmed an additional £140m for flood defences, crucial for our part of the country and reduced the duty on bingo which will be welcome news for those who recently signed my parliamentary petition. The Government have also committed to continuing to freeze...


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