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It has been my privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal since 2010 and I'm delighted to have been re-elected in June 2017.

22 SEP 2017

Therese Welcomes Rule Change to Protect People from Nuisance Calls

Therese has today welcomed the statement from Communications regulator Ofcom that from October 2018 there will be a ban onall phone companies charging for caller display facilities, which will help more people screen nuisance calls. Therese said: "This is great news. I have received many communications from constituents whose lives are blighted by these types of calls – often dialled automatically by a computer. The new rules will help prevent this, confirming that phone numbers displayed to people receiving calls must be valid, dialable and identify the caller. The regulator are also requiring companies to identify and block calls with...

20 SEP 2017

Aviva Launch Community Fund

Aviva have launched a Community Fund, awarding up to £25,000 for local community projects. Applications can be made until 12 noon on 10th October – which will be followed by a public vote. Winners will announced in January 2018. It would be great to see some applications from community groups in Suffolk Coastal.

15 SEP 2017

EU Withdrawal Bill Passes to the Next Stage

Parliament has taken another step in the journey of leaving the EU with the European Union Withdrawal Bill passing to the next stage to receive full scrutiny. The legislation is designed to transfer all EU law into UK law – ensuring a smooth transition with legal certainty for businesses, consumers and investors. Much EU law is already incorporated. These are the laws that stem from what is called an EU directive, which we tailor according to our legal system. Some of this may need to be tweaked as, for example, we will no longer have a European regulator for something but will have a UK or England only regulator and we need to change...

07 SEP 2017

Suffolk Energy Gateway Consultation to Open Next Week

An important consultation opens next week regarding the Suffolk Energy Gateway, the new road to by-pass four villages alongthe A12. Therese said: "The proposed improvement to the A12 between Wickham Market and Saxmundham will help mitigate the impact of the construction of Sizewell C and is designed to open up the entire energy coast for further economic growth and development. It is very important that local residents, business and community groups give their views in the consultation which will help Suffolk County Council in its proposal to Government by the end of this year." Two public exhibitions have been organised to give local...

18 AUG 2017

CCTV to be Mandatory in all Slaughterhouses

Last week, the Environment Secretary and Therese's departmental colleague, Michael Gove, announced plans to require allslaughterhouses in England to install CCTV, an important preventative measure to crackdown on animal cruelty. Therese said: "The videos that are often seen in the media showing slaughterhouse workers mistreating animals are truly shocking. These are not the conditions animals should be spending their final moments in and my department is committed to ensuring that it stops."

11 AUG 2017

Therese Backs Campaign to Prevent Accidental Drownings this Summer

Therese is backing the Mineral Products Association's campaign to warn young people about the risks of swimming in lakes andformer quarries in Suffolk. Before the summer holidays the MPA wrote to schools in close proximity to quarries in Suffolk Coastal, identified as presenting a possible risk to members of the public. Therese said: "During the summer holidays it is inevitable that more people will be tempted to swim or mess around in open water that may be hazardous to them. We have seen across the country that what young people often see as harmless fun can end in tragic circumstances." Therese added: "I'm pleased that the MPA is...

09 AUG 2017

Port Success Post-Brexit is Key Strategic Issue for Therese

Therese joined fellow coastal MPs recently to discuss with the Brexit Minister, Steve Baker the Government's plans to ensure UK ports are ready to thrive after Brexit. The success of Felixstowe Port post-Brexit is an important strategic issue that affects not only the port but the many local businesses whose business relies on the port and in turn the whole local economy. Therese is working to ensure that UK ports have the tools to be ready immediately after the UK leaves the EU. Therese said: "The continued success of Felixstowe, the largest container Port in the UK, is essential for our local and national economy. A vital part of our...

03 AUG 2017

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

Therese will once again be visiting every town and village in her constituency over a week as she embarks on her constituency tour during the final week of August. From Tuesday 29th August to Friday 1st September, Therese will criss-cross the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency, stopping off in towns and villages to talk with residents in community halls, pubs and shops. Therese said: "I look forward to stopping off at every part of the constituency from Levington to Leiston and Uggeshall to Ufford. This is an invitation for residents to come and talk to me about any issue." Details of where Therese will be each day...

25 JUL 2017

Dream Fund Encouraging Applications from Good Causes

The People's Postcode Lottery's Dream Fund is looking for charities to apply for a share of a £3m fund to bring their dream project to life. The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project. Postcode Dream Trust is encouraging applications to Dream Fund 2018 from projects that fit within one or more of the charitable purposes which include: supporting families; improving people's lives through animals; green communities and increasing life chances for young people. Applications for the Dream Fund are open until Tuesday, 22 August. Winners...

24 JUL 2017

New Track to be Installed between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe

Network Rail are installing new track between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe, meaning that from this Saturday night untilSunday 6th August the line will be closed between Ipswich and Halesworth. Additionally, on two weekends, 29 - 30 July and 5 - 6 August, the line will be closed between Ipswich and Felixstowe for track renewal work. Nearly 8km of track will be replaced over the nine day period – with a rail replacement service in place for passengers between Ipswich and Halesworth. I know this significant disruption will be an inconvenience for rail users but the new track will mean a smoother and more reliable rail journey for...


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