30 APR 2018

Coastal Scene Column - 27th April 2018

"Regular readers will recall that following Felixstowe Academy's latest Ofsted inspection which declared the school as 'Inadequate' and placed it into 'Special Measures', I called for AET to be removed as the Academy sponsor. I also set up petition, signed by 2546 local people, which I formally presented to Parliament this week. The National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, has already issued a pre-termination warning letter to AET, which is the first stage of the process that can lead to securing a new organisation to run the school. We need to get new arrangements in place as quickly as possible, so the school can have a fresh start under new leadership for the benefit of the children of Felixstowe and I am working in Parliament to try and make sure that happens as quickly as possible.

Congratulations to the 'Renaissance of East Anglia Fishing Campaign', whose work was highlighted by neighbouring MP, Peter Aldous, in a debate in Westminster last week. It was an all Suffolk affair because as Defra Minister, I was responding on behalf of the Government. Brexit presents us with a once in a generation opportunity to reshape the future of fisheries in the UK and I am encouraged by the passion and enthusiasm of the people throughout East Anglia to build up their industry for the benefit of their community. The Government's future vision for fisheries will be laid out in a White Paper followed by a Fisheries Bill, which will give us the legal powers necessary to manage our fisheries in the future. By December 2020 the UK will be negotiating fishing opportunities as an independent coastal state outside of the Common Fisheries Policy.

As the first ever women to be elected as a Member of Parliament in Suffolk, I was extremely proud to attend the unveiling of the first female statue in Parliament Square this week. Aldeburgh's very own Millicent Fawcett, pioneer of women's suffrage. The statue marks the centenary of voting rights being extended to women under the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the ability for women to stand for Parliament for the first time under the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918."

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