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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.


11 OCT 2018

Newly Refurbished Deben Leisure Centre Opens

Therese attended the official opening of the new Deben Leisure Centre at the weekend as Chairman of the Council, Cllr Nicky Yeo, did the honours by cutting the ribbon. Therese said: "Congratulations to Leisure Portfolio Holder, Cllr TJ Howarth-Culf, and all at Suffolk Council District Council for bringing state of the art gyms and an updated swimming pool to Woodbridge. The new facility is fabulous and I'm sure will be well used by its existing and new customers.


10 OCT 2018

Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC Grant Success

Felixstowe & Walton United F.C. have successfully been awarded a grant of £38k from the Football Stadia Fund to enable them to further improve the Goldstar Ground – including providing covered spectator accommodation and improvements to the boundary fencing. Therese said: "This is great news for the Seasiders. The Premier League's Football Stadia Improvement Fund is the largest provider of grants to improve facilities in the lower leagues – crucial for our amateur game."


26 SEP 2018

SPR Looks Again at Substation Site

Following objections from local residents, Scottish Power Renewables are reconsidering their proposals for a substation in Friston. Therese said: "I previously conveyed residents' concerns to SPR and alongside local Councillors, met Energy Minister, Claire Perry, last month to lobby for changes to be made. If they had got the go-ahead at Friston it would have meant that 5-miles of countryside would needlessly have been dug up for cables to reach the substation. That and the scale of the proposal in that location was not acceptable." "Instead, they are looking to relocate the planned windfarm substation much closer to the coast, focusing...


25 SEP 2018

Calling for the World's Oceans to be Protected

Therese is in New York today, at the United Nations General Assembly, to discuss ways in which we can further protect the world's oceans. Therese said: "Globally, less than 10 per cent of the world's seas are currently designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – one of the most important ways to protect precious sea life and habitats from damaging activity. "It is the UK's ambition to treble internationally-agreed targets for protected areas – and I called on other nations to push for a global target of 30 per cent of oceans designated as MPAs by 2030. Only by working together can we ensure our marine life continues to be a source...


12 SEP 2018

Landmark Agriculture Bill to deliver a Green Brexit

New legislation to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations was introduced in Parliament today. The Agriculture Bill sets out how farmers will in future be paid for "public goods", such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding. Therese said: "This will replace the current EU subsidy system of Direct Payments, which is ineffective and pays farmers based on the total amount of land farmed. In its place, a new Environmental Land Management system will start next year. "Importantly we will work together...


22 AUG 2018

Government Backs Ban on Puppy Farming

DEFRA has today announced a ban on third-party puppy and kitten sales in England. The ban will mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation's many animal rehoming centres. Therese said: "This step follows a commitment by the Prime Minister to crack down on cruel puppy farms, bring an end to the grisly conditions found in puppy farming and tackle a range of existing animal welfare issues." More information can be found here


17 AUG 2018

Therese hits out at Barclays for Breaking their High Street Pledge

Therese has hit out at Barclays for breaking their pledge on keeping open High Street bank branches. Barclays have today confirmed that they will be closing their Halesworth branch at the end of November less than a year after confirming they had no plans for closure. Dr Coffey asked for assurances from Barclays in December 2017 about the future of their Halesworth, Southwold and Aldeburgh branches – all of which were the last bank standing in these market towns. Therese said: "This is an incredibly disappointing decision. Whilst I recognise many banking transactions are now done online Barclays own figures show that there are many...


16 AUG 2018

New Home Solar Panel Scheme

If you've been thinking about installing solar panels for your home, a new scheme will make the process easier for you. Solar Together Suffolk is a scheme backed by councils across Suffolk using the power of bulk-buying - where approved suppliers can offer you a discounted price as they receive a large number of orders. There is no obligation to buy and you will reduce your electricity bills and help Suffolk to become the Greenest County. Don't delay though, as you only have until 22 August 2018 to register your details - 

13 AUG 2018

Therese Speaks Out on Sex Offenders Being Housed in Hollesley

Therese has contacted the Prisons Minister outlining concerns from local residents after the Prison Service confirmed thatHollesley Bay is to be among several open prisons which will be used to accommodate sex offenders. In her letter to Rory Stewart, Therese asks what assessment has been made on the impact of the local community and whether previous absconding levels have been taken into consideration. Therese said: "I recognise that about 18% of all prisoners are in jail for sexual offences and as prisoners approach their release date they need to be fully prepared for life on the outside. Open Prisons are extremely important in helping...


08 AUG 2018

Therese Seeks Change to Friston Substation Plan

Therese met the Energy Minister, Claire Perry MP recently to convey residents' concerns on the Scottish Power Renewablesproposal for a substation near the village of Friston. She was joined at the meeting by Councillors Geoff Holdcroft and Andrew Reid as well as the Heads of Planning from both the District and County Councils. Therese said: "The proposed energy generation and transmission projects suggest that our small bit of Suffolk will be responsible for a quarter of the country's electricitysupply in the 2030s. In addition to Sizewell C, the cumulative impact of huge pieces of highly visible infrastructure, with no additional local...



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