23 SEP 2016
During Therese's constituency tour, residents in Leiston shared their concerns about crime in the town and the number of Police Officers out on patrol. In particular, they were worried about the prominence of drug dealing and outbursts of violence.
Therese said: "After residents in Leiston raised their concerns with me I met Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore to discuss this amongst other issues. He assured me that while the front desk at the police station is now closed, there are still Police Officers in the station and working out in the town. More funding is also being put into initiatives to improve youth work in...
22 SEP 2016
Therese has taken up concerns over the closure of outpatient services at Patrick Stead hospital and the future of the Rayner Green Resource Centre in Halesworth with Andy Evans, Chief Executive of Gt Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, who funds these services.
Following the recent decision to suspend inpatient admissions at the Patrick Stead from October, concerns were raised with Dr Coffey at the Halesworth Town Council Forum on Thursday evening about the suspension of outpatient services and transferring them to the Sole Bay Health Centre in Reydon.
Dr Coffey said: "I was very concerned to hear about the further suspension of services at Patrick...
21 SEP 2016
Today is World Alzheimer's Day and Therese has welcomed the new Dementia Atlas published by the government to highlight how standards of dementia care differs throughout the country.
The atlas uses several metrics such as prevention, diagnoses and support to outline how effective dementia care is in their area.
Therese said: "The new Dementia Atlas is a useful tool for those seeking more information about dementia care in their area. It will shine a spotlight on areas where work still needs to be done to improve dementia care and drive improvement while highlighting best practice.
"The atlas shows that in the Suffolk Coastal area, we have...
19 SEP 2016
Suffolk residents were out in force over the weekend for the Great British Beach Clean, with cleans organised in Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Bawdsey, Levington, Orford, Shingle Street and Minsmere. Therese joined over 100 volunteers at Southwold to pitch in.
Therese said: "It was great to see so many people giving up their time to make sure their community was looking it's best. I was surprised at how some people seem to dig their rubbish into the sand and dunes as well as the at the number of children's toys left behind. Thanks to Adnams for organising the session on the day.
"With tourism so valuable to our local economy it's...
16 SEP 2016
Felixstowe & Walton United are at home tomorrow against Bishop's Stortford as they seek to take take another step towards the first round proper of The Emirates FA Cup. This is the furthest the Seasiders have ever been in the competition and they will be playing a team three divisions above them. Kick off is at 3pm and tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.
Therese said: "It would be great if we could pack out the Goldstar Ground to cheer the team on to what could be a historic result. The club is making a lot of progress both on and off the pitch and a good cup run could help to raise it's profile in the community even...
15 SEP 2016
Therese is looking for sustainable ways forward for community healthcare after devastating news of the impending closure of Patrick Stead Hospital.
The healthcare provider is preparing to suspend admissions to the Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth at the end of September due to staff shortages.
Therese said: "I am absolutely livid about the closure of the Patrick Stead Hospital and feel let down after the pledges made by health bosses last year to keep the hospital open till health facilities and care homes with nursing beds would be ready. The failure by East Coast Community Healthcare to fulfil their commitments and not recruit...
14 SEP 2016
Therese has expressed her concern over how a group of suspected illegal immigrants were smuggled into Suffolk on a yacht over the weekend. A group of people were reportedly seen getting off a boat at Bawdsey and into a Range Rover which was later found abandoned at the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell.
Therese said: "These reports are concerning and I will be getting a briefing from UK Border Force on the matter as I investigate further. As Suffolk is one of the closest parts of Britain to the continent we are more likely to experience this problem than other parts of the country, but you have to be an expert sailor to navigate parts of our...
09 SEP 2016
The 4th annual Felixstowe Heritage Open Days begin this evening, with Therese opening proceedings in the Salvation Army Hall on Cobbold Road at 7pm. The main event afterwards will be a presentation on the defences of the Harwich and Woodbridge havens during the Napolionic Wars. The event is open to all residents, free of charge.
There will be a number of events happening over this weekend, including walks, talks and displays as well as free access to historic local venues. More details can be found here.
This year Heritage Open Days will also be a tribute to Phil Hawden, who sadly passed away last year. Phil was the driving force behind the...
07 SEP 2016
Therese held her constituency tour last week, speaking to 191 residents during the three and a half day tour. She conducts the tour every year, visiting each town and parish in the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency.
Therese said: "I want to thank everyone who made the effort to see me during my constituency tour last week. I was pleased to speak to nearly 200 people in total all the way from Walton to Wrentham. The number of people raising issues such as broadband and mobile phone signal was significantly lower than previous tours, with most issues raised relating to local councils as well as some other interesting...
06 SEP 2016
The Prime Minister is launching an audit of public services to reveal how people's backgrounds affect the way they're treated and their chances in life. This will cover areas from education to healthcare, childcare to welfare, employment and skills.
Therese said: "The audit will give anybody the ability to check how their background affects the way they are treated by public services and will help government and the public to force poor-performing services to improve.
"The latest figures from the Equality and Human Rights Commission show that white working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group and that white...