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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.

19 JUL 2017

Therese Backs Extra Money for Suffolk Schools

The Education Secretary made an important announcement in the House of Commons earlier this week committing an additional £1.3bn for core school funding to support the transition to a national funding formula. Therese said: "This is great news for our schools here in Suffolk which will mean an increase in the basic amount that every pupil will get, protected funding for those with high needs and will ensure that the County Council is in a position to give all schools a cash increase through the new formula." "Crucially, this additional investment in our schools will be funded in full from efficiencies and savings from within the...

17 JUL 2017

Goldstar Ground Opens new Clubhouse

Therese joined the many officials, workers, volunteers and supporters at Felixstowe & Walton United F.C recently as DavidSheepshanks officially opened the new clubhouse and changing pavilion at the Goldstar Ground. Therese said: "Grassroots football is the bedrock of our national game so I'm delighted that Felixstowe will benefit from such a first class facility – which includes four new changing rooms, new spectator toilets, kitchen facilities and a club room." "The £540,000 project was made possible thanks to a £270,000 grant from the Premier League and FA Facilities fund and £88,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. This...

10 JUL 2017

Therese Supports Jo Cox Loneliness Commission

Last summer, one of Therese's Parliamentary colleagues, Jo Cox, who a few days beforehand had been part of the team shecaptained in the Parliamentary Tug of War, was tragically murdered. Before her death Jo set up the Loneliness Commission to raise awareness of the issue and to work to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely. The Commission now continues her work in her name. Therese said: "A recent British Red Cross survey found that one in five people said they always or often felt lonely. It's something I often see in see here in Suffolk, so I was proud to meet the Commission recently and sign a pledge to support its work to tackle...

07 JUL 2017

Therese asks Health Secretary to Intervene in Sale of Community Hospitals

Therese has today written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP to once again request that the money from the sale of both Southwold Community and Patrick Stead hospitals be re-invested in local healthcare provision. Her request comes as a result of the recent Naylor Review, which the Prime Minister has indicated that she is formally accepting, which states that any sale receipts from locally owned assets will not be recovered centrally, provided the disposal is in agreement with the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Therese said: "The recent Naylor review gives us an opportunity to again press the case that...

06 JUL 2017

Therese Highly Concerned by Ambulance Super Hub Proposal

Therese has today written to the Chief Executive of Suffolk's ambulance service to say she is 'highly concerned'about their plan to press ahead with the remodelling of their estate, which would leave no ambulances stationed in east Suffolk at all. Under East of England Ambulance Trust proposals to create super hubs at Bury St Edmunds, Colchester and Ipswich - a number of rural ambulance stations would close, causing significant concern that recent improvements to ambulance response times in rural areas would be put at risk. Therese said: "I'm highly concerned to hear more reports of the super hub proposal going ahead, which would leave no...

01 JUL 2017

Armed Forces Day at Landguard Fort

Therese was in Felixstowe last weekend to mark Armed Forces Day. Not just content with one day, Felixstowe hosted an ArmedForces Weekend. Therese said: "Congratulations to both Felixstowe Town Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council working together to put on the fantastic festivities on the seafront and at Landguard Fort, including battle re-enactments. The beach landing was quite spectacular with very loud cannons! On Sunday, an air display to show our support for our brave men and women in uniform who do such a great job for our country. Armed Forces Day is a much valued morale boost for our troops and their families. My message...

30 JUN 2017

Therese Visits Felixstowe Centre to Mark Seafarers' Awareness Week

This week is Seafarers' Awareness Week - and to mark the occasion Therese paid a visit to Felixstowe Seafarers Centre where shemet some sailors and the Centre Manager, Anita Mazur. Therese said: "The Seafarers' Centre is an oasis on the port where seafarers are made to feel very welcome by the friendly staff and volunteer helpers. The centre is a place where seafarers can relax and unwind away from the ship, with a touch of greenery in the garden tended by Cllr Doreen Savage. There is a chapel for worship services and private prayer, a bar, shop, recreation area for table top games, TV room and a quiet room to sit and write home. The...

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...


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