26 JUN 2017

Coastal Scene Column - 23rd June 2017

"Thank you to the people of Suffolk Coastal for again giving me the great honour to be your MP. I was delighted to be re-elected in the recent General Election with a greater share of the vote than in 2015. Whilst election night was a good night for me personally, it was a challenging one for my party. Although we didn't achieve an overall majority, the Conservatives are still, by far, the largest party in Parliament and we were able to come together in the national interest to form a Government, which culminated in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday.

I was delighted to be re-appointed by the Prime Minister as the Minister for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities to continue to my work on coastal & flood defences, air quality and on our Environment Plan. As formal Brexit negotiations began this week, ensuring that our environment has the protection it requires as we leave the European Union is one of my top priorities and I was at the Environment Council in Luxembourg on Monday speaking to my European colleagues.

This week saw the inaugural Suffolk Day, a campaign spearheaded by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Mark Murphy and supported by our local newspapers. The idea came 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 Suffolk Day will take place on the longest day of the year, June 21st. With the success of our local economy based on tourism, I hope that Suffolk Day will develop as a useful fillip for our businesses and a fun-filled day for local residents.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees another extremely important occasion in our calendar at it is Armed Forces Day. This year I will be in Felixstowe to mark the occasion. Our men and women in uniform do such a fantastic job for our country and showing our support for them is a much valued morale boost for our troops and their families. My message to all our serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans from the people in Suffolk Coastal is thank you for keeping us safe."

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