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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 MAR 2018

Cinnamon Indian Cuisine Highly Commended in Tiffin Cup 2018

The Leiston based Cinnamon Indian Cuisine restaurant has been Highly Commended in this year's prestigious Tiffin Cup competition, which searches for best nationwide South Asian cuisine after Therese nominated them for the award. Therese said: "Last year, I asked on Facebook who I should nominate from Suffolk Coastal. The Cinnamon in Leiston came a very close second to Bombay Nites in Walton, so I nominated them this year." Cinamon Indian Cuisine will receive a certificate and embroidered Tiffin Cup 2018 apron to mark their achievement in this year's competition. Well done to everyone at the Cinamon in Leiston.

07 MAR 2018

Promoting Digital Citizenship

I met Digital Leaders from Childnet International and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from The Diana Award in Parliament recently to hear more about their efforts to eliminate bullying and promote digital citizenship both on and offline. It is absolutely essential that we keep our young people safe online and it was good to also talk to Facebook about the steps they are taking on this and their new commitment which could see tens of thousands of pupils in schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

06 MAR 2018

Greater Protection for Rural Cash Machines

I'm pleased to see the significant strengthening of the LINK cash machine programme, set out in their annual report, which will help ensure consumers in remote and rural areas will get access to the cash they need. Last month, the LINK Board announced a series of measures designed to maintain and rebalance the UK's ATM networks – shifting incentives from deploying multiple ATMs in city centre to rural communities. This includes protecting free ATMs one kilometre or more from the next free cash machine. For more information see

20 FEB 2018

MPs Quiz Directors and NHS chiefs over Ambulance Service Performance

East of England Ambulance directors were in Parliament today at the request of Therese. The Chair, Chief Executive, and other directors were summoned to give an update to Regional MPs a month earlier than originally planned, following the recent winter period and the alarming reports about response time delays. Last month, the Health Minister, Steve Barclay ordered a Risk Summit to review the performance of the service – and the Chief Executive Robert Morton set out set out his Action Plan in response to that. This included short-term leases for an additional 24 ambulances to get more vehicles out on the road and plans to recruit even...

16 FEB 2018

The Great British Spring Clean

It is almost time for the Great British Spring Clean – which is taking place over the weekend of the 2 – 4 March 2018. Therese said: "Last year's event was a nationwide triumph – and I am sure this year will be just the same. As the Litter Minister my message is not to drop it in the first place but these big community cleans are a great way of bringing people together to tidy up our towns and villages." So far there are events organised in Felixstowe and Dunwich. You can find out more or register you own clean

14 FEB 2018

Giving up Single Use Plastics for Lent

Today marks the first day of Lent and Therese will be giving up something slightly different this year. Therese said: "I'll be joining a group of Conservative MPs in Parliament who will try to give up single use plastics. I am starting by carrying around my reusable water bottle, which fits into my handbag, so I can avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles. As Environment Minister, I have been working with a number of different organisations to try and increase the number of places where you can fill up your water bottle. Most coffee shops will do it for you if you ask but I am also trying to get more refill points into railway stations,...

12 FEB 2018

Therese Receives the Co-ops Guide to Dating

Ahead of Valentines Day, Therese received the Co-op Guide to Dating, when she visited their Hamilton Road branch inFelixstowe. Their dating initiative in which they are selling produce that is past its 'Best Before' date is part of the Co-op's drive to drastically reduce food waste. Therese said: "I was delighted to discuss the Co-op's innovative scheme with Roger Grosvenor – the joint Chief Executive of retail and Ayse Singh, Product and Safety & Standards Manager. It is important people recognise the difference between 'Best Before' – which means that it is perfectly ok to eat after that date and 'Use By' – which should not be...

11 FEB 2018

Fresh Started Needed for Felixstowe Academy

Statement from Therese on Felixstowe Academy: "Thank you to the parents of children at Felixstowe Academy contacting me with their concerns about the school and Ofsted rating. I won't break the formal embargo of the Ofsted report but it is deeply concerning. I already had concerns which is why I met the Minister last month and am seeing the leadership of AET next week. I'm clear that AET have to go. A fresh start is needed."

08 FEB 2018

Increase in Money Passed on to Childcare Providers

Suffolk County Council have decided to increase the amount of money it will pass on to childcare providers. Childcare providerswill now receive £4.00 per child per hour from £3.87, as the County Council has been able to reduce the amount they will keep from their central government grant for the important safeguarding and admin role that they fulfil. Therese said: "Last year the Government doubled the amount of free childcare entitlement from 15-hours to 30-hours per school week, giving families more flexibility. As a result of this and the Early Years Funding Formula there were concerns in the sector about the amount of money they...

07 FEB 2018

The NHS Parliamentary Awards

The NHS turns 70 this year – and to mark the occasion Therese met the wonderful Ethel in Parliament today who worked as anurse on the first day of our NHS – the 5th July 1948. Therese said: "Our health service would not be the fantastic organisation it is without the staff and volunteers that support it every day. I look forward to having the chance to nominate some excellent local services as part of the #NHS70Parliamentary Awards taking place this year." For more information see -


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