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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.

23 JUN 2017

Barclays Confirms Closure of Saxmundham Branch

Barclays Banks have announced today that their Saxmundham Branch is due to close on September 29th. Therese said: "Despite assurances received bin 2014, that Barclays Bank had no plans to shut down any of their 7 branches in Suffolk Coastal, I was disappointed to learn this morning that their Saxmundham branch is due to close". Although HSBC still operate in the town, this decision by Barclays will come as a bitter blow to customers who rely on this vital service, especially elderly residents and local businesses. I have asked to meet Kathryn Kitson, Community Banking Director for Norfolk & Suffolk to discuss, although Barclays have...

22 JUN 2017

Therese Welcomes the Queen's Speech

The Queen was in Parliament yesterday, as she read out the Government legislative agenda for the forthcoming Parliamentarysession. The Queen's Speech focussed on the need to get Brexit right, delivering the result of last year's referendum. It included a Great Repeal Bill to provide as much legal certainty as possible for businesses and individuals; an Immigration Bill that will give us control of the number of people coming here from Europe while allowing us to continue to attract the brightest and the best; a new Trade B and Customs Bill which will enable the UK to conduct its own independent trade policy; a Fisheries Bill to enable us to...

21 JUN 2017

Therese Celebrates Suffolk Day

Pausing briefly from the pomp and ceremony of the annual State Opening of Parliament, Suffolk's MPs came together today to celebrate the first ever Suffolk Day. Therese said: "I was delighted to join my fellow county MPs to help create a small piece of Suffolk in Westminster today, as we came together to celebrate the first ever Suffolk Day. The event which has been spearheaded by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Mark Murphy and supported by our local newspapers comes from the successful Yorkshire Day, which takes place on the 1st August every year. As Mark says, being the sunrise county on the east coast, it is fitting that our now annual...

12 JUN 2017

Thank you - General Election 2017

Thank you to the people of Suffolk Coastal for again giving me the great honour to be your MP. I was delighted to be re-elected witha greater share of the vote than in 2015. Keeping Suffolk special and vibrant with increasing prosperity continues to be my top priority. Since I was first elected to represent Suffolk Coastal in 2010, there are more people in jobs, better broadband and mobile phone coverage, upgraded coastal defences, more investment in trains and railways and our schools are improving. During this Parliament, I will continue to focus on education for improved patient care and for the full rollout of broadband. I will work...

28 APR 2017

Progress on Broadband in Suffolk Coastal

Broadband minister and fellow Suffolk MP Matt Hancock updated Therese this week on the progress of broadband rollout in Suffolk Coastal. Since 2010 22,996 homes have been connected thanks to investment by the government and Suffolk County Council. Suffolk has contracted with BT for the next stage of the roll out, which will see broadband available to 95% of properties by 2019. Therese said: "I recognise it is incredibly frustrating for those who do not yet have superfast broadband which is why the Government has legislated for the Universal Service Obligation through the Digital Economy Act."

27 APR 2017

Therese Welcomes Motability Transitional Support Changes

The Motability Scheme plays a vital role in the lives of many disabled people by supporting their mobility through the provision of a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. The Department of Work and Pensions and Motability have been working closely to help people affected by reassessment from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments. Therese said: "As a result of that work Motability has kindly offered to enhance their Disability Living Allowance - Personal Independence Payment Transitional Support package to allow scheme customers to retain the car for up to eight weeks after their Disability Living Allowance payments...

24 APR 2017

Therese Speaks out Against Reduction in Affordable Housing

Therese has reacted with surprise to reports that Trinity College, Cambridge is applying to row back on its affordable housingobligation on a housing development on the edge of Felixstowe. Under current policy the application for 385 homes at the Walton Green site should provide 127 affordable homes – one third of the total number of homes on the development. However, Trinity College, Cambridge claim that providing that many affordable houses is financially unviable and instead propose to develop just 17% of homes on the site as affordable. Therese said: "I'm surprised that one of the wealthiest institutions in the country is claiming...

20 APR 2017

General Election on June 8th

Following a vote in the House of Commons yesterday – a General Election will now be held on 8th June. Therese said: "This election is about securing the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, the decision has been made and we need to deliver a Brexit that works for everyone in this country. The choice is between strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May – or weak and unstable coalition government. A strong Conservative Government will also deliver our plan for a stronger Britain, building on our strong economy but also creating...

04 APR 2017

Business Rates Relief Scheme - Have Your Say

Following the Chancellor's Budget announcement to introduce a £300m fund to help small businesses hit with large business rate increases, the Government is consulting on how the fund will be administered. The consultation asks for views on the criteria of the fund and the amount of money each local authority receives. Provisionally, Waveney District Council has been allocated £417,000 in the first year and Suffolk Coastal District Council has been allocated £406,000. You can access the consultation via responses need to be received by 11:45pm on 7th April. Therese said: "I am liaising with our local authorities to try and...

24 MAR 2017

Signal Boost for EE Customers

Good news for EE customers. The mobile phone operator has confirmed this week that they have completed various 4G upgrades throughout Suffolk Coastal including in Pettistree, Trimley St Martin, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Halesworth, Frostenden and three further sites around Felixstowe. The have also improved 4G along some of the major roads, including the A14 (two upgrades on the section going east out of Ipswich), A114, A1152 (around Rendlesham), three upgrades on the A12, the B1119, the B1387, the B1123 and the A1094. Therese said; "Mobile phone signal has been raised a lot less frequently with me in recent years as our...


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