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20 FEB 2018

MPs Quiz Directors and NHS chiefs over Ambulance Service Performance

East of England Ambulance directors were in Parliament today at the request of Therese. The Chair, Chief Executive, and other directors were summoned to give an update to Regional MPs a month earlier than original planned, following the recent winter period and the alarming reports about response time delays. Last month, the Health Minister, Steve Barclay ordered a Risk Summit to review the performance of the service – and the Chief Executive Robert Morton set out set out his Action Plan in response to that. This included short term leases for an additional 24 ambulances to get more vehicles out on the road and plans to recruit even more...

16 FEB 2018

The Great British Spring Clean

It is almost time for the Great British Spring Clean – which is taking place over the weekend of the 2 – 4 March 2018. Therese said: "Last year's event was a nationwide triumph – and I am sure this year will be just the same. As the Litter Minister my message is not to drop it in the first place but these big community cleans are a great way of bringing people together to tidy up our towns and villages." So far there are events organised in Felixstowe and Dunwich. You can find out more or register you own clean

14 FEB 2018

Giving up Single Use Plastics for Lent

Today marks the first day of Lent and Therese will be giving up something slightly different this year. Therese said: "I'll be joining a group of Conservative MPs in Parliament who will try to give up single use plastics. I am starting by carrying around my reusable water bottle, which fits into my handbag, so I can avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles. As Environment Minister, I have been working with a number of different organisations to try and increase the number of places where you can fill up your water bottle. Most coffee shops will do it for you if you ask but I am also trying to get more refill points into railway stations,...

12 FEB 2018

Therese Receives the Co-ops Guide to Dating

Ahead of Valentines Day, Therese received the Co-op Guide to Dating, when she visited their Hamilton Road branch inFelixstowe. Their dating initiative in which they are selling produce that is past its 'Best Before' date is part of the Co-op's drive to drastically reduce food waste. Therese said: "I was delighted to discuss the Co-op's innovative scheme with Roger Grosvenor – the joint Chief Executive of retail and Ayse Singh, Product and Safety & Standards Manager. It is important people recognise the difference between 'Best Before' – which means that it is perfectly ok to eat after that date and 'Use By' – which should not be...

11 FEB 2018

Fresh Started Needed for Felixstowe Academy

Statment from Therese on Felixstowe Academy: "Thank you to the parents of children at Felixstowe Academy contacting me with their concerns about the school and Ofsted rating. I won't break the formal embargo of the Ofsted report but it is deeply concerning. I already had concerns which is why I met the Minister last month and am seeing the leadership of AET next week. I'm clear that AET have to go. A fresh start is needed."

08 FEB 2018

Increase in Money Passed on to Childcare Providers

Suffolk County Council have decided to increase the amount of money it will pass on to childcare providers. Childcare providerswill now receive £4.00 per child per hour from £3.87, as the County Council has been able to reduce the amount they will keep from their central government grant for the important safeguarding and admin role that they fulfil. Therese said: "Last year the Government doubled the amount of free childcare entitlement from 15-hours to 30-hours per school week, giving families more flexibility. As a result of this and the Early Years Funding Formula there were concerns in the sector about the amount of money they...

07 FEB 2018

The NHS Parliamentary Awards

The NHS turns 70 this year – and to mark the occasion Therese met the wonderful Ethel in Parliament today who worked as anurse on the first day of our NHS – the 5th July 1948. Therese said: "Our health service would not be the fantastic organisation it is without the staff and volunteers that support it every day. I look forward to having the chance to nominate some excellent local services as part of the #NHS70Parliamentary Awards taking place this year." For more information see -

06 FEB 2018

Therese Encourages More Women to Stand for Public Office to Commemorate 100 years since Women were given the Vote

Today marks the 100 year anniversary since Parliament gave women the right to vote. Across Parliament and the country, there are a number of events to celebrate this milestone under the banner #Vote100. To mark the occasion permanently, Parliament Square will have its first ever statue of a woman, Suffolk's very own Millicent Fawcett. It is due to be unveiled later this year. The Government announced £5 million to help celebrate this milestone with events up and down the country to encourage more women to engage in our democracy. You can still apply to the Centenary Grant Scheme to help fund celebratory events. More details at -

05 FEB 2018

Therese Reiterates Safety Message after near miss at Halesworth Level Crossing

Therese has reiterated the importance of using level crossings safely, after a teenage girl was involved in a near miss at Halesworth. Therese's message followed a visit to the level crossing, which was the scene of a near miss on Saturday 20 January this year. A driver was forced to apply the emergency break to avoid potentially hitting a teenage girl who had started to use the crossing, just as the train was starting to move. The crossing at Halesworth, which is served by trains on the East Suffolk Line between Ipswich and Lowestoft, is rated by Network Rail as one of the most high risk in the country, following repeated reports of misuse...

02 FEB 2018

Freeview Signal Changes May Require a TV Retune

Changes are being made to the way some channels are broadcast on Freeview which may require you to retune your TV. Following a decision by Ofcom, some airwaves used by Freeview are being reallocated to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services. Transmitters across the UK are being updated as part of a major engineering programme – with clearance activity due to get underway in East Anglia in February 2018. On-screen messages will let you know when changes to Freeview signals are taking place in your area and a support scheme is available for viewers, with the possibility of an aerial installer visit.For more...


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