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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.

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...

25 OCT 2017

Cold Weather Priority Scheme to help those Off the Gas Grid

Early on being MP for Suffolk Coastal, Therese raised the profile and need for help of residents off the gas grid. Fuel poverty isconsiderably higher for those who don't have mains gas to warm their home. In the last few years, while oil prices have fallen, concerns have fallen. However, there are still a number of people who struggle to heat their homes. To help prevent this the Cold Weather Priority Scheme has been introduced to identify people who may be susceptible to colder conditions and who are off the gas-grid – which includes large parts of Suffolk Coastal. The scheme enables fuel suppliers to take pro-active steps to get fuel...

25 OCT 2017

Maximum Fines for Littering Increased

As the Minister responsible for litter, I am pleased to announce tougher penalties to deter and punish the anti-social minority who continue to drop rubbish. From April next year the maximum on-the-spot fine for dropping litter will almost double from the current limit of £80 to £150. Throwing rubbish from a vehicle is just as unacceptable as dropping it in the street so councils will also be given the power to impose fines on the owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown. Up till now councils had to prove who was driving the vehicle. Now they will be able to take direct action, even if it was discarded by a passenger or someone...

23 OCT 2017

Energy Cap Draft Bill Published

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister at Conservative Party Conference the Government has now published a draftBill to place a temporary cap on energy prices limiting the cost of standard variable tariffs. Therese said: "The proposed legislation would mean a cap would run until 2020 and if energy companies have failed to act to get prices under control the independent regulator, Ofgem, would recommend to government whether it should be extended. I recognise this is a complicated piece of legislation and we need to make sure it works in practice – which I why I welcome the fact that the Government have asked the Business,...


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