20 OCT 2018
Therese joined Prince William recently to welcome delegates from around the world to the fourth international Illegal WildlifeTrade conference in London.
Therese said: "This year's conference was the largest ever, with over 70 countries coming together to help end the insidious illegal wildlife trade once and for all, which is nearly as profitable for serious organised criminal networks as drugs and guns."
"A lot of the focus is on the big or cute beasts but we must remember it is mainly plants and trees, which get stolen and sold, denying these amazing animals of their necessary habitat. That said, we are making good parliamentary...
19 OCT 2018
Therese has written to the Post Office following the closure of the shop in Rendlesham.
Therese said: "I am concerned to hear the news that the Village Store in Rendlesham has suddenly closed. Considering Rendlesham is a growing community, I'm surprised that the owners couldn't make the shop and Post Office work."
"I congratulate the local community for coming together and setting up a temporary shop, which is a lifeline for those who need it and I hope that they shop will reopen under new ownership in the future. In the meantime, I have already written to the Post Office to discuss temporary solutions."
Therese added: "I sympathise...
18 OCT 2018
The Progress 8 scores were published yesterday, which captures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.
Therese said: "Unfortunately but not unsurprisingly, the P8 score for Felixstowe Academy of – 0.5, was worse than they forecast – and with EBacc entries less than 10%, it is time for AET to focus on the future of the children of Felixstowe and stop clinging on to running this school."
"Fresh leadership for the benefit of pupils is required, more now than ever, and I will continue to press this within the Department of Education to bring about much needed change."
11 OCT 2018
Therese attended the official opening of the new Deben Leisure Centre at the weekend as Chairman of the Council, Cllr Nicky Yeo, did the honours by cutting the ribbon.
Therese said: "Congratulations to Leisure Portfolio Holder, Cllr TJ Howarth-Culf, and all at Suffolk Council District Council for bringing state of the art gyms and an updated swimming pool to Woodbridge. The new facility is fabulous and I'm sure will be well used by its existing and new customers.
10 OCT 2018
Felixstowe & Walton United F.C. have successfully been awarded a grant of £38k from the Football Stadia Fund to enable them to further improve the Goldstar Ground – including providing covered spectator accommodation and improvements to the boundary fencing.
Therese said: "This is great news for the Seasiders. The Premier League's Football Stadia Improvement Fund is the largest provider of grants to improve facilities in the lower leagues – crucial for our amateur game."
26 SEP 2018
Following objections from local residents, Scottish Power Renewables are reconsidering their proposals for a substation in Friston.
Therese said: "I previously conveyed residents' concerns to SPR and alongside local Councillors, met Energy Minister, Claire Perry, last month to lobby for changes to be made. If they had got the go-ahead at Friston it would have meant that 5-miles of countryside would needlessly have been dug up for cables to reach the substation. That and the scale of the proposal in that location was not acceptable."
"Instead, they are looking to relocate the planned windfarm substation much closer to the coast, focusing...
25 SEP 2018
Therese is in New York today, at the United Nations General Assembly, to discuss ways in which we can further protect the world's oceans.
Therese said: "Globally, less than 10 per cent of the world's seas are currently designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – one of the most important ways to protect precious sea life and habitats from damaging activity.
"It is the UK's ambition to treble internationally-agreed targets for protected areas – and I called on other nations to push for a global target of 30 per cent of oceans designated as MPAs by 2030. Only by working together can we ensure our marine life continues to be a source...
12 SEP 2018
New legislation to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations was introduced in Parliament today. The Agriculture Bill sets out how farmers will in future be paid for "public goods", such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding.
Therese said: "This will replace the current EU subsidy system of Direct Payments, which is ineffective and pays farmers based on the total amount of land farmed. In its place, a new Environmental Land Management system will start next year.
"Importantly we will work together...
22 AUG 2018
DEFRA has today announced a ban on third-party puppy and kitten sales in England. The ban will mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation's many animal rehoming centres.
Therese said: "This step follows a commitment by the Prime Minister to crack down on cruel puppy farms, bring an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues."
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17 AUG 2018
Therese has hit out at Barclays for breaking their pledge on keeping open High Street bank branches. Barclays have today confirmed that they will be closing their Halesworth branch at the end of November less than a year after confirming they had no plans for closure. Dr Coffey asked for assurances from Barclays in December 2017 about the future of their Halesworth, Southwold and Aldeburgh branches – all of which were the last bank standing in these market towns.
Therese said: "This is an incredibly disappointing decision. Whilst I recognise many banking transactions are now done online Barclays own figures show that there are many...