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20 MAR 2019

Great News for the Blues

Great news for the Blues! I'm pleased to see that Leiston F.C. has been awarded a £2,790 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for new tarmac to improve the area in and around Victory Road. Funded by the Premier League, the grant will enable them to reach the desired ground grading criteria.

14 MAR 2019

Brexit votes

UPDATED (below): As I set out in my public meeting last week, events, debates and voting on Motions in Westminster would be very fluid regarding how we would leave the EU. Yesterday, I voted with the intention of keeping all options open to the government to try and secure a deal that would help us leave the EU. The government's motion was never actually voted on, as we voted on amendments first. That included me voting to keep no deal on the table and to keep the so called Malthouse compromise in play as a way to help negotiations. The Commons voted by a majority of just 4 to amend the government's motion so that the UK should only leave...

14 MAR 2019

Therese Welcomes the Chancellor's Spring Statement

Therese has warmly welcomed the Chancellor's Spring Statement. The Chancellor reported on a resilient economy which is creating jobs and delivering the fastest rate of wage growth in over a decade. The deficit this year is £3 billion lower than last forecast and debt is lower in every year – with lower taxes on families and more being invested in our public services. He set out our plan for a bright future for Britain – staying at the cutting edge of clean growth, creating a digital economy people can have confidence in, redoubling our commitment to skills and world-class infrastructure, and tackling the big challenges like knife...

13 MAR 2019

Delay Repay for Greater Anglia Passengers

Good news for Suffolk rail users. Following discussions with the Department for Transport, Greater Anglia have agreed to introduce Delay Repay for delays of 15 minutes or more. The new scheme will come into effect on Monday 1st April 2019. Delay Repay will mean that passengers will be able to claim back 25% of a single fare, irrespective of the cause of the delay between 15 and 29 minutes. Existing compensation arrangements already exist for delays of 30 minutes or over.

06 MAR 2019

Therese Raises Concerns Over Hollesley Bay Public Protection

Therese has expressed her concern that full assessments on the risks that prisoners pose to the public are not taking place comprehensively for prisoners being transferred to HMP Hollesley Bay, an open prison. Her concerns follow a report published this week by the HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, which carried out an unannounced inspection last year and found that about 40% of prisoners arrived in open conditions without a full assessment of their risk. Therese said: "It is concerning that so many potentially high-risk prisoners are being moved into open conditions without a proper risk assessment having taken place. This practice needs to...

05 MAR 2019

Brexit Public Meeting

Therese is hosting a public meeting on Brexit this week to enable constituents to question her directly about the Government's plans for EU withdrawal. The meeting will take place on Friday 8th March at 12:30 pm in the Felixstowe area. Therese is asking residents to confirm their attendance by midday on Thursday 7th March by emailing her at or by calling her office on 0207 219 7164, including their name and address. The meeting is for constituents only and will be ticketed on a first come first served basis. Due to security reasons ID may be required and anyone who hasn't pre-registered will not be...

01 MAR 2019

Local Bus Route Set to Continue

Residents and visitors will continue to enjoy an important bus route between Lowestoft and Southwold and then on to Halesworth, thanks to a new company running the service. Therese recently wrote to the Managing Director of GO-East Anglia which operated the Konnectbus 88 Service, raising constituents' concerns about the withdrawal of the route. These concerns were exacerbated by fake posters created and circulated locally which spread undue alarm. Following discussions with the County Council, FirstGroup has now stepped in to run a new 99A service, which will operate on an hourly basis from Lowestoft to Southwold including direct...

28 FEB 2019

Therese succeeds in keeping Rock Barracks Open

Therese has welcomed an announcement due to be made today by the Secretary of State, Gavin Williamson MP, that the MOD will keep open Rock Barracks. Rock Barracks will now house the Army's new Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear capability, a Defence task currently being undertaken by the RAF Regiment at Honnington. This will see a Royal Engineers squadron move in from its current location in Germany with other elements being added as the capability grows over time. 23 Parachute Engineers will also stay at Rock Barracks for the foreseeable future. Therese said: "I'm delighted by the announcement from the Defence...

27 FEB 2019

Additional Brexit Planning Funding for Port

An additional £136,362 in Brexit planning funding has been allocated to Suffolk Coastal District Council for additional preparedness in regards to Felixstowe Port. This is new money on top of the already announced funding for local authority Brexit planning and is specifically targeted at Felixstowe due to the amount of EU goods handled there. Therese said: "I welcome this further money from Government. The success of Felixstowe Port post-Brexit is an important strategic issue that affects not only the port but the many local businesses whose business relies on the port and in turn the whole local economy. I will continue to work with...

08 FEB 2019

Therese Backs Country's Biggest Mass-action Environmental Campaign

Thérèse has helped launch this year's Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from March 22nd to April 23rd, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish. Thérése said: "As an Environment Minister, I'm absolutely committed to supporting this important initiative. We...


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