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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.

22 MAY 2018

Therese Welcomes new Clean Air Strategy Designed to Cut Pollution

The Government has today announced a new Clean Air Strategy designed to cut air pollution, save lives and leave our environment in a better state than we found it. It includes plans for primary legislation to create a new legal air quality framework and give local government new powers to take decisive action to cut air pollution. The strategy focuses primarily on particulate matter, which affects breathing. The biggest contributor to this is the domestic burning of wood and coal which contributes 38% of UK emissions. Local MP and Defra Minister, Therese Coffey said: "I'm pleased that my department has today launched our Clean Air...

21 MAY 2018

Therese Calls for Filmmakers to Enter Film The House Parliamentary Competition

Therese is calling for local creators to enter Parliament's prestigious Film the House competition, which offers entrants the opportunity put themselves in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the film industry. Judged initially by Therese, MP's recommendations are put forward for a further round of judging by industry professionals, with prizes provided by industry sponsors, which in 2017 included mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners' films for friends and family and classification of the winning films by BBFC. Therese said: "Suffolk has always been a hotbed of creativity – and...

17 MAY 2018

Therese Presses Greater Anglia over Saxmundham Station

Therese is continuing to press Greater Anglia to suitably re-establish Saxmundham railway station. The station building, seating and information boards continue to be fenced off following the serious fire in February. Therese said: "Greater Anglia are currently awaiting a surveyors report before being able to decide what they can do to repair the station but they assure me that any future options will be discussed with local stakeholders." "I will update local residents when I have more information."

15 MAY 2018

Additional Funding for Ambulance Service to Cut Response Time Delays

An extra 330 staff and 160 ambulances will be sought over the next three years to boost the East of England Ambulance Service, thanks to an increase in funding announced this week. This will see funding rise from the £213.5m spent in 2017/18 to £225m in 2018/19. Subject to activity remaining as predicted, it will then rise again to £240m in 2019/20. Therese said: "It has taken considerable leadership to increase the funding for the ambulance service and I am pleased to have worked towards this. Well done to the Clinical Commissioning Groups for agreeing to a six-year contract with the ambulance service. I hope it will make a...

29 APR 2018

Take Part in EquilTeas to Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Votes

This week as part of the celebrations to mark the 100 year anniversary since Parliament gave women the vote, Therese attended the unveiling of a statue of Suffolk's very own Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square. However, it is not just in Westminster that celebrations are taking place. The UK Parliament's Vote 100 programme is helping groups from all over the country to hold EqualiTeas. Running between 18th June-2nd July EqualiTeas are a chance for any group anywhere in the country to come together to share, debate and celebrate women's right to vote, over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Therese said: "I am writing to all the WI groups...

24 APR 2018

Millicent Fawcett Statue Unveiled in Parliament Square

Therese attended the unveiling of the statue of Millicent Garrett-Fawcett in Parliament Square today, the woman who led the way through the suffragists to secure the vote for women 100 years ago. Born in Aldeburgh, sister to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (who was the first ever woman Mayor in Britain in 1908), Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in her honour in Parliament Square. Therese said: "As the first female MP for Suffolk, I was very proud to attend the unveiling today. Gillian Wearing's beautiful sculpture gives Dame Millicent a permanent place in the very heart of our democracy that she fought so hard...

20 APR 2018

PM Pledges Single-Use Plastics Ban

At this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Theresa May announced the Government's intention to ban the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds and called on other Commonwealth countries to join us. In order to eliminate these items from use the Government will work with industry to develop alternatives and ensure there is sufficient time to adapt. Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda. Therese said: "This builds on our 25-year environment plan where we said we would target the elimination of...

09 APR 2018

Update on Felixstowe Academy

This is the update that I have shared with those who signed my Felixstowe Academy petition. If you have not signed yet, please do so at the link below as I will present it to Parliament when I return from the Easter recess. As a signatory of my petition regarding Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) and Felixstowe Academy, I am writing to provide you with an update. Firstly, thank you for signing the petition, which has been supported by more than 2,400 parents and residents of Suffolk Coastal. I plan to present my petition to the House of Commons on our return after the Easter recess. Over recent weeks, I have since met the National Schools...

31 MAR 2018

Cash Boost for Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals will receive a huge £69 million capital investment to improve services for patients. The additional cash, announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will enable the transformation of buildings and services as the two hospitals merge creating the new East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Therese said: "My recent meeting with Chief Executive, Nick Hulme was the latest in a series of updates where I have been pressing for assurances that the need to fix Colchester Hospital would not detract from the clinics care for patients of Ipswich Hospital. I'm satisfied that has been the case and I...

29 MAR 2018

An Update on Felixstowe Academy

Therese's petition about Felixstowe Academy and Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which has been supported by more than2,400 parents and residents of Suffolk Coastal, will be presented to the House of Commons after the Easter recess. Therese has also met the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, who has informed her that he has written a Pre-termination Warning letter to AET. This is the first stage of the process that can lead to securing a new organisation to run the school. She understands that AET have produced an Improvement Plan for the school and a headteacher from another school has been seconded to give extra support at...


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