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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.

06 DEC 2017

Therese Expresses Concern over ECCH’s Ability to run Local NHS Services

Therese has expressed her concern that the new 'out of hospital' services due to be delivered in South Waveney are tobeundertaken by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) and has called on the Chief Officer of the CCG, Melanie Craig, to think again. Therese said: "Whilst I support the overall proposal to develop a wider range of out of hospital services, I am deeply worried about the ability of ECCH to deliver these NHS services because of their past record of failure." In 2015 Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG consulted the public on the 'Shape of the System' plan to replace community hospitals with NHS nursing beds in local care homes. The...

05 DEC 2017

Therese Presses Lloyds Bank over Branch Closures

Therese met the Public Affairs Manager from Lloyds TSB yesterday following the extremely disappointing announcement lastweek that they intend to close both their Halesworth and Southwold bank branches in May 2018. Their decision is especially disappointing considering the commitment previously made to Therese by the Lloyds Local Director that by employing staff split over the two sites would mean they would be able to stay open long term. Therese said: "I have asked for more information about their mobile banking service – which they have promised will service both Halesworth and Southwold - to get clarity on where and how often it will...

22 NOV 2017

The Autumn Budget 2017

This afternoon the Chancellor delivered a Budget which lays the foundations for a Britain fit for the future. This Budget was abalanced approach that continues to reduce the deficit and pay off our debt (still £65,000 per household) while supporting families by increasing the National Living Wage, cutting income tax, freezing fuel duty and investing in public services we value. The careful management of the economy means that the Chancellor was able to put an additional £2.8bn into our NHS. £350 million immediately to allow trusts to plan for this winter; £1.6 billion in 2018-19, with the balance in 19-20, taking the extra resource into...

18 NOV 2017

Therese Campaigns for a Fairer Game

Therese joined former Arsenal and England footballer, Rachel Yankey recently to discuss the Betfair Fairer Game campaign, which aims to promote better training and opportunities for female coaches in football. Therese said: "It was also great to meet some of the 50 coaches that have been selected to have their UEFA B licence funded by Betfair, with the long-term goal of increasing the number of women at the top of the coaching pyramid. I am hopeful that this initiative will see increasing numbers of women coaching not just in the women's game but in men's football as well."

14 NOV 2017

Customers to get Automatic Compensation when Broadband is Down

Customers will automatically get money back from their broadband and landline provider when things go wrong following action taken by the communications regulator, Ofcom. Therese said: "Waiting too long for a landline or broadband service to be fixed is frustrating enough, without having to fight for compensation. As a result of Ofcom's intervention, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Zen Internet– have all agreed to introduce automatic compensation, which will reflect the harm consumers suffer when their telephone or broadband service is down or if an engineer doesn't turn up to an appointment."

13 NOV 2017

Woods Lane Update

At the end of the first week of the Woods Lane closure, Therese met Deputy Leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr Jane Storey, to discuss the impact on local residents, further potential mitigation for the second closure and learnings on how this could be handled in the future. Therese said: "There were issues with the diversion routes last week with some accidents and near misses at particular junctions. The County Council has been proactive in managing the situation, the District Council has helped by offering off-road parking for Melton Hill residents and I will also contact the Chief Constable asking for a modest police presence at...

09 NOV 2017

'Dogs on Leads' Order Dropped

At Tuesday night's Cabinet meeting Suffolk Coastal Councillors agreed to drop the planned 'General Public Space ProtectionOrder' proposal to fine owners who allow their dogs off the lead on grass verges, greens and allotments. Therese said: "I know many owners that like to throw a ball for their dog and I thought these measures were slightly over the top. The response to the public consultation was clear that this wasn't supported – so I'm pleased the council has changed direction." The Council is going ahead with plans to create public protection orders making it a requirement to clean up after your dog and banning dogs from children's...

08 NOV 2017

Therese Welcomes Secretary of State's Support for Council Merger

Yesterday in Parliament, Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP formally announced that he is minded to implement the locally-led proposal to merge Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils to become a new single district council, which is due to come into effect in 2019. Therese said: "SCDC and WDC already share many services and staff, including a shared chief executive, so this is the logical next step. The merger will enable the new Council to deliver services at a greater value for money, yielding significant cost savings." Before the final decision is made, there is a period for further representations by January 8th – and the...

03 NOV 2017

Help Ofcom with Notspots by Downloading the Mobile Research App

Ofcom is encouraging all Android mobile phone users to help them improve mobile phone signal by taking part in their crowdsourced research project and downloading the Mobile Research App. The App helps Ofcom understand how mobile networks perform across the UK with a focus on coverage and the consumer experience in their local area. Therese said: "This is particularly important here in rural Suffolk – as Ofcom checks to ensure that 02 are fulfilling their licence obligation to provide 4G indoors coverage to 98% of UK premises by the end of this year and that the four UK mobile network operators provide 90% UK landmass coverage by the...

27 OCT 2017

First Female Statue to be erected in Parliament Square

The first female statue will be erected in Parliament Square next year to recognise the life of one of Suffolk's most famousdaughter's, Millicent Garrett-Fawcett, pioneer of women's suffrage. Millicent was born and lived in Aldeburgh and was the great-grand daughter of Richard Garrett, who ran the agricultural machinery manufacturing plant in Leiston, preserved today in the Long Shop museum. The statue will mark the centenary of voting rights being extended to women under the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the ability for women to stand for Parliament for the first time under the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918. To...


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