27 NOV 2015
Therese has welcomed investment from the Premier League of £15,600 to help improve the pitches at Leiston Football Club.
Therese said: "I am delighted that the Premier League have awarded this grant to Leiston FC to improve the pitch at Victory Road. 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 NOV 2015
Therese has welcomed the new Strategic Defence and Security Review, a comprehensive plan to back our armed forces, counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies with the resources they need to keep Britain safe.
£178 billion will be invested in defence over the next decade, including:
Increasing the size of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force by 700 personnel.
Renewing Britain's continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent.
Creating two new strike brigades of 5,000 personnel who will be able to deploy rapidly to fight terrorism.
Investing in new maritime patrol aircraft to protect the nuclear deterrent, hunt down hostile submarines and...
25 NOV 2015
Therese has welcomed the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review. Putting prosperity and security at the heart of the Government's plans over the next five years, the Chancellor outlined a number of measures to protect Britain's economic and national security, including the manifesto commitment to balance the books and start to reduce the nation's debt.
The Police budget will be protected and 2% of our national income spent on defence.
Full funding for the NHS Five Year Forward Plan, with £6billion delivered up front next year.
The biggest real terms rise in the basic state pension in 15 years,...
24 NOV 2015
EE customers in Suffolk who live in specific flood risk areas can sign up to a free Environment Agency scheme to receive flood warnings direct to their mobile phone. Since 2010, the Floodline Warnings Direct service has enabled homes and businesses to receive flood warnings to their landlines, but this is the first time warnings will have been issued through a mobile phone provider.
Therese said: "This initiative from the Environment Agency is a great example of how the Government is making more data and technology available to help people plan and prepare for potential floods.
"While nothing can take away the distress it can cause, it is...
23 NOV 2015
Therese recently met representatives of Telefonica and 02 to discuss the roll-out of 4G across Suffolk Coastal. Telefonica, who own 02, have acquired the contract to provide 4G nationwide.
Therese said: "During my constituency tour, mobile phone signal was one of the most frequently raised issues. We have many 'not spots' and partial 'not spots' in Suffolk, where only one or two major operators are able to provide coverage. I am working hard to address this issue as a priority for residents and businesses.
"Telefonica updated me on existing sites that are being upgraded to provide 4G coverage and on new sites being built, in order to...
20 NOV 2015
I have been assured that train services between Felixstowe and Ipswich will resume on Monday. I am extremely disappointed that by that stage trains will not have been running for nearly two weeks, this is unacceptable.
Along with James Cartlidge MP, I met with Rail Minister Claire Perry to deliver a letter signed by all affected MPs in the region. We are calling on Ministers to intervene in the process to provide a new rail franchise from October 2016 to guarantee that any bid to provide rail services contains robust contingencies ensuring there is no repeat of this next Autumn. This letter has also been sent to the Secretary of State for...
19 NOV 2015
Therese is encouraging people to respond to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service's consultation, which runs till February 2016, especially on the proposed closure of Wrentham fire station.
Therese said: "First I want to recognise the contribution of retained firefighters to the role they play in protecting local communities. The Fire Service has already gone significant restructuring and in the north of Suffolk, a new station has opened in Reydon and in Lowestoft, south of the river, leading to a reduction in the size of area that Wrentham would be the primary response.
"I have already been in contact with County Councillor Hicks of Suffolk...
18 NOV 2015
Therese has welcomed a new Government consultation on proposals to speed up the transformation of failing and coasting schools. The consultation will seek out views on proposals to tackle schools that are causing concern, as well as how to define a coasting school so that they too can receive help.
Intervening in failing schools is part of the Government's commitment to extend opportunity and ensure all children are supported to reach their full potential.
Therese said: "We should be striving to ensure that every child receives an excellent education. I believe these new measures will allow for swifter intervention to turn around struggling...
16 NOV 2015
I observed a minutes silence today at 11am, in respect of the people murdered by terrorists in Paris. This is the worst terrorist attack in Europe in a decade, after what happened in Madrid and London.
I want to assure residents that the national counter-terrorism strategy is not just a piece of paper but the police, armed forces and Government have undertaken two significant exercises in the last few years. In 2012, there was a simulated chemical terror attack exercise and this summer, there was a 2 day exercise which simulated rolling terror attacks across London.
The Prime Minister is at the G20 summit in Turkey and undoubtedly, side...
13 NOV 2015
Therese has welcomed the Prime Minister's recent speech, setting out which key areas of Britain's relationship with the European Union need to be reformed as part of his renegotiation plan.
The four objectives at the heart of the renegotiation are:
Protecting the single market for Britain and others outside the Eurozone, in the form of a set of binding principles that guarantee fairness between Euro and non-Euro countries.
Writing competitiveness into the DNA of the whole European Union – including cutting the total burden on business.
Exempting Britain from an 'ever closer union' and bolster national...