27 NOV 2018
I have received a reply below from the Prisons Minister, following a meeting we had with him earlier this month where we raised the concerns of the local community about the proposals for Hollesley Bay Prison. Later this week I am meeting residents to discuss this issue. The meeting is this Friday 30th November, 5.30pm at the Suffolk Punch Trust, Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, Hollesley IP12 3JR.
26 NOV 2018
UPDATED: THE UK IS LEAVING THE EU ON 29TH MARCH 2019…NO IFS NO BUTS…AND WE HAVE STILL TO AGREE OUR FUTURE TRADE DEAL
I have received a large amount of correspondence regarding Brexit in the last week, offering a variety of opinions on what we should do next as a country and how I should vote in Parliament. I have already voted for Article 50 so that the UK will be leaving the EU on 29th March 2019.
There will not be a second referendum. The 2016 referendum vote was close but decisive, with over 72% of the population expressing a view. That is the highest turnout of voters in nearly 25 years.
I think there has been a HUGE...
23 NOV 2018
This week in Parliament MPs debated the second reading of The Fisheries Bill, which sets out our plans to leave the Common Fisheries Policy and take back control of our waters.
The new legislation will enable the UK Government to set annual total allowable catches for UK waters as well as have the flexibility to negotiate with other countries to ensure stocks are fished sustainably.
Therese said: "As a coastal MP and Environment Minister, I was really pleased to support this new legislation which is great news for our fishing communities along the Suffolk Coast. This Government has always supported the interests of British fishermen,...
22 NOV 2018
Thank you for contacting me regarding leaving the European Union and the suggestion for a further referendum.
I understand your strength of feeling on this matter but there has already been a referendum, the UK is leaving the EU next year and there will not be another referendum. When a decision of constitutional significance is made, it is important that democratic processes are followed. That is why Parliament gave the British people the final say on the UK's membership of the EU and why the result must be respected, even if you disagree with it.
The ballot paper presented voters with an unambiguous choice to remain in the EU or to leave....
21 NOV 2018
THE UK IS LEAVING THE EU ON 29TH MARCH 2019...NO IFS NO BUTS...WE HAVE STILL TO AGREE OUR FUTURE TRADE DEAL
I have received a large amount of correspondence regarding Brexit in the last week, offering a variety of opinions on what we should do next as a country and how I should vote in Parliament.
I have already voted so that the UK will be leaving the EU on 29th March 2019. There will not be a second referendum. The 2016 referendum vote was close but decisive, with over 72% of the population expressing a view. That is the highest turnout of voters in nearly 25 years.
I think there has been a HUGE misunderstanding about the withdrawal...
20 NOV 2018
Many residents are understandably concerned about the proposal from Scottish Power Renewables for a substation on or near to the Suffolk coast, to connect power generated from the East Anglia One offshore array. Please see my response to their consultation below:
14 NOV 2018
"I'm pleased to confirm that following representations I made to the Education Minister, Nick Gibb, that the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is being replaced in running both Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary School.
AET were trusted with Felixstowe Academy back in 2011 and unfortunately have just not delivered. In my view, AET responded far too late after the 2017 GCSE results and the Progress 8 scores in 2018 confirmed that Felixstowe children were not making the progress they should have done.
Under AET's leadership Felixstowe Academy was put into Special Measures. Ofsted concluded that outcomes for pupils were below the...
13 NOV 2018
Therese visited RSPB Havergate Island recently to see first-hand the natural flood management work underway to protect this unique habitat against the power of the sea.
Therese said: "In recent years, increasingly frequent tidal storm surges have taken their toll on the island's habitats and wildlife, damaging the seawall, flooding lagoons and washing away shingle banks. The solution though has been not to build up the seawalls, but to lower them in places to allow the sea to flow into the lagoons in a controlled way when storms cause unusually high tides."
09 NOV 2018
Therese has welcomed government plans to consult on closing a tax loophole, which could be costing our councils in lost council tax revenue. By calling second homes 'holiday let accommodation', some owners can potentially avoid paying council tax and instead pay business rates. However, as most holiday lets are liable for small business rate relief – some are able to pay nothing at all.
Therese said: "Second homeowners are really important to the local economy here in Suffolk through their own spending or by bringing in tourists who support local businesses. Many of them already pay council tax. What this proposal does is to ensure any...
07 NOV 2018
Therese attended a meeting with representatives of Saxmundham Town Council last week to hear from Greater Anglia about the future of Saxmundham station. This follows the devastating fire which took place earlier this year.
Therese said: "The good news is that Greater Anglia intend to restore the station as a one-storey building with an indoor waiting room, which I'm sure will be welcomed by passengers and residents. At the same time Greater Anglia have also agreed to improve and resurface the car-park, which will help local traffic. Thank you to Greater Anglia for listening."