Welcome to my website.  I was re-elected as MP for Suffolk Coastal on May 7th 2015 and it is my privilege to serve as your Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal. 

You will find on here a variety of information including my news from Westminster and around the constituency, as well as details of surgeries and my columns.

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31 MAY 2016

Upcoming EU Referendum Public Meetings

In the run up to the EU referendum on June 23rd Therese will be speaking in a number of villages and towns. This Friday she will be at a debate with Bernard Jenkin at BT in Adastral Park, speaking at the Town Hall in Orford at 3pm and 6pm at the Rifle Hall in Halesworth. Further meetings will be held in other villages and towns including some more informal occasions in pubs. More details can be found on this page of the website. Friday 3rd June 2016 12.30pm – Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath. Speaking to employees. 3pm – Town Hall, Orford. Open to all residents. 6pm – Rifle Hall, Halesworth. Open to all residents. 7.30pm The Anchor,...

26 MAY 2016

Felixstowe Yeast Plant Backs Remain

Therese has welcomed the announcement that Felixstowe company Lallemand are backing the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union. The yeast plant based at the Port of Felixstowe is one of three Lallemand plants based in the UK, manufacturing yeast for a variety of industries. Therese said: "Companies large and small are coming out in favour of Britain staying inside a reformed EU and I'm pleased that Lallemand have outlined the importance of EU membership to their business. We want our local organisations to thrive so they can create jobs for local people and benefit the economy here on the Suffolk coast. "The uncertainty...

23 MAY 2016

Rock the House Returns for 2016

The Rock the House competition for unsigned music acts is back for another year, giving a chance to artists from across the UK to showcase their talent and raise awareness about intellectual property rights in the music industry. This year, Jude Kaine from Suffolk Coastal has entered and will be battling it out against other solo artists. Therese said: "Congratulations to Jude Kaine who has entered from Suffolk Coastal. Jude will now be put forward against other solo artists and if selected will compete in a Battle of the Bands competition where the winner will play to MPs and industry experts live in the Houses of Parliament. Best of...

20 MAY 2016

Therese Visits Lallemand Yeast Plant in Felixstowe

Therese visited the Lallemand yeast plant in Felixstowe last week. They invited her following her praise of the Scotch Whisky industry when she responded to a debate on behalf of the Government in Parliament recently. Yeast is a key ingredient for making whisky and all alcohol. This factory is one of only three in the UK, though Lalleland manufacturers yeast for a variety of industries. Therese said: "I was delighted to visit the Lallemand plant in Felixstowe. The Scotch Whisky industry is the biggest single contributor to the UK balance of trade in goods and I'm proud of the role that the Lallemand yeast plant plays in that. Of course, our...

18 MAY 2016

Queen's Speech Another Step Towards Fulfilling Manifesto Pledges

Therese has welcomed today's Queen's Speech with the Government announcing its legislative agenda for the forthcoming Parliamentary session. 21 Bills have been announced including steps to take fast broadband to every household that wants it, with a minimum speed of 10 MB/s. Other notable measures in the Queen's speech include a British Bill of Rights, legislation on Lifetime ISA, speeding up the process for children to be adopted into homes and families, while also enhancing the prison system and give governors more powers to help rehabilitate inmates and prepare them for the world of work rather than return to crime. Therese said: "Here in...

18 MAY 2016

Therese writes Message to Dementia as part of Awareness Week

"Dear Dementia, Be my friend not my enemy. My friends – be patient with me and treasure our shared memories. Life is for living, helped by the love of family and friends. Therese" This week is Dementia Week. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia so it is a health issue that is likely to affect each of us directly or indirectly. Therese said: "Last summer I trained as a Dementia Friend, a trailblazing initiative from the Alzheimer's Society to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and to help those that live with it in their daily lives. I have written how I hope we would all treat those...

16 MAY 2016

Bricklaying Apprenticeship Opportunities on Display in Parliament

Therese met apprentices from the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy in Parliament recently to learn firsthand about the opportunities for a career in brickwork. Therese said: "The construction industry is an excellent career path for school leavers and we need to show the value that comes with vocational education such as apprenticeships. Bricklaying can be an incredibly rewarding career from both a job satisfaction and financial perspective. The Government is planning for many more houses to be built in the near future so there will always be a demand for this traditional skill." "While I thought it best to leave the work to those who know what...

14 MAY 2016

Vote for your Charity Choice

Earlier this week, Therese cast the first official vote in the Yorkshire Building Society Charity Choices campaign. The Yorkshire Building Society branch in Woodbridge and the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society branches in Leiston and Southwold, part of the YBS Group, each have £1,000 to split between three local good causes. The charities in line for a donation are Halesworth Health , The Loft Youth Centre, The Reydon Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Dementia UK and Make-A-Wish UK but who gets the most will be decided by the number of votes received. The one with the most will receive £500, second place will get £300 and £200 will...

13 MAY 2016

Therese Welcomes BBC Charter Reforms

Therese has welcomed the Government's white paper which sets out reforms to the BBC to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster for years to come. The current Royal Charter which governs the BBC expires at the end of 2016. The new proposed charter would be for 11 years, separating it from the political cycle and enshrining editorial independence at the heart of it. There will also be new measures on diversity to make sure the BBC reflects every corner of the UK. Therese said: "There has been an active discussion between the BBC leadership and ministers and I am really impressed with what is proposed. I used to work for the BBC and...

12 MAY 2016

New A14 Improvement Scheme to Benefit Suffolk

Therese has welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has given planning consent for the Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 Improvement Scheme. The scheme involves upgrading a 23 mile stretch of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon which has traditionally suffered from congestion, hampering travel into East Anglia. Therese said: "This is great news that planning consent has been granted for this major scheme which will benefit the economy here in Suffolk. It's crucial that we invest in the necessary transport infrastructure which will allow our economic potential to be realised. "I'm looking forward to...


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