02 JUL 2015
Therese led a small delegation from Suffolk to meet with Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, to make the case for improvements to be made on the A14. She was joined by Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Policy Director Nick Burfield to make the case for invesment to be made to improve the capacity, resilience and flow of the road.
Issues such as the congestion at the Copdock interchange, problems on the Orwell Bridge and access to local Business Parks were just some of the items being discussed.
Therese said: "The A14 is a vital corridor not only for Suffolk, but for the whole country. Businesses rely on...
26 JUN 2015
Any aspiring young journalists in Suffolk might be interested in the two opportunities listed below.
1) The News Academy Summer School
A free week-long journalism training programme for students aged 16 to 18 from across the UK and Ireland. Based at the London headquarters of The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun, 15 students will get the opportunity to write, edit and publish their own newspaper, with the help of our best journalists. Accommodation, travel and food in London is included for the duration of the Summer School.
Students can apply on our website. All they have to do is write up to 500 words on something they are passionate about. The...
25 JUN 2015
Therese is supporting Armed Forces Day, being celebrated on this Saturday, 27 June. Events are being held up and down the country to honour those serving and who have served in the armed forces. Locally, there is a parade of military vehicles taking places in Halesworth at 10.30am which will then go on to the village hall in Holton for 11am where there will be much more to see and do.
At 7.30pm there will be a 1940s Big Band dance to celebrate 70 years since VE day. Tickets can be purchased from Café Frapa in Halesworth or online, here: halesworthairfieldmuseum.co.uk/armedforcesday2015.htm.
Therese said: "Our men and women in uniform do such a fantastic job for our country, and showing...
18 JUN 2015
At an event in parliament this week, Therese met representatives from the Citizens Advice service to discuss the invaluable insight local Citizens Advice have about problems experienced by her constituents.
The Citizens Advice service provides free confidential and impartial advice to people in Suffolk Coastal either face to face or over the telephone. There is also a national website providing advice online, over email and via a web chat from www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Common issues reported to the local Citizens Advice include queries about benefits, debt problems, employment and housing.
Therese said: "The local Citizen Advice Centres do a great job in...
16 JUN 2015
Therese was delighted to unveil the new ticket machine at Halesworth station on Friday. The new facility will enable passengers topurchase tickets more easily and to pick up pre-paid tickets.
Therese said: "The new ticket machine which has been installed thanks to a partnership between Greater Anglia and the County Council will be a great facility for passengers. I successfully lobbied Greater Anglia to get ticket machines installed in both Woodbridge and Saxmundham stations previously and I'm pleased this has now been extended to Halesworth."
15 JUN 2015
Therese visited Colneis Primary School in Felixstowe this morning, on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, to present the pupils with their flag which has been flying in Parliament Square to celebrate the foundation text of our freedom.
Therese said: "I was delighted to present the pupils with their flag which has been flying in Westminster to commemorate Magna Carta. The design which features the sun rising in the East, the sea, beach and blue sky with a prominent Martello tower looked fantatsic in Parliament Square. Well done to the pupils and teachers for representing Suffolk in our national celebration."
12 JUN 2015
Therese has warmly welcomed the news that Post Office services will be reinstated in Yoxford later this month following theresignation of the Postmaster last summer. The temporary service will run out of the Village Hall every Monday and Wednesday, whilst the Post Office is still seeking a permanent service.
Therese said: "I have been pressing the case for the return of Post Office services in Yoxford for some time. I had a meeting with the previous Business Secretary in the last Parliament who raised the issue with the Chief Executive of the Post Office – so I'm delighted the service has been resumed for Yoxford residents. It is...
11 JUN 2015
Therese has welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement that a new medal will recognise the bravery and hard work of those who helped tackle Ebola in West Africa.
One of those in line for the special recognition is Suffolk's very own William Pooley, from Eyke. Mr Pooley contracted the Ebola virus whilst saving many lives by making sure a hospital at the centre of the outbreak remained open. He made a full recovery in the hands of the NHS after being flown back to Britain.
Therese said: "I'm delighted the Prime Minister has thought fit to commission this new medal. It is important we recognise the bravery of people like Mr Pooley who...
10 JUN 2015
Last night in Parliament, Therese voted in favour of a referendum on the Uk's membership of the European Union. The EUReferendum Bill passed its second reading by 544 votes to 53. Once the Bill has gone through its remaining stages the legislation will require the Government to hold a referendum on our membership of the European Union by the end of 2017.
Therese said: "I'm delighted that a huge majority of the House of Commons is now backing an in/out referendum on our membership of the EU. This is the Bill that my party tried to pass in the last Parliament but was blocked by opposition parties. It is important we let Britain decide."
10 JUN 2015
Therese is inviting local residents to a public meeting to hear their views on the Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG consultation on how care in communities and community hospitals is run. The public meeting will take place in the Rifle Hall in Halesworth at 1130am on Friday 19th June. The Chief Executive of the CCG, Andy Evans will be in attendance to hear the views of local residents.
Part of the proposal involves the closure of Patrick Stead and Southwold Community Hospitals, substituting the hospital beds there with funding 'beds with care' in local care homes in the two towns.
Therese said: "My key test for this proposal is whether...