"The hot weather is bringing forward the harvest locally but it's also leading to a rather febrile atmosphere in Parliament. Some rain would be good for all of us to calm temperatures. The Chequers plan and government proposals have been much debated, as they set out our country's desired future relationship with the EU after we leave next year.
I had a very constructive meeting with Education Minister, Nick Gibb MP, to further discuss the future leadership of Felixstowe Academy. The recent 'Inadequate' Ofsted report at AET sponsored Langer Primary has strengthened the case for why AET is not an appropriate organisation to be running either school. I am confident we will get the change we are seeking, which is actively being considered by Department for Education officials. Whilst I said it would take time I hope to get some more news within the next 2 months.
I wrote last time that I had secured a meeting with Energy Minister, Claire Perry MP to convey residents' concerns on the Scottish Power Renewables proposal for a substation near the village of Friston. Unfortunately, that meeting had to be rescheduled and is due to take place next week. I want to reassure residents that I will be pressing hard for a change to what has SPR proposed. Friston is not a suitable site but in any event, wherever these substations go, they need to be smaller and built into the land.
Finally, I was delighted to welcome the SouthGen Community Group to Parliament last week to celebrate their hard-work in obtaining the former community hospital in Southwold for the benefit of the local community, including for new affordable homes. The Save Our Southwold campaign engaged local residents and its continued work as SouthGen is a great example to other local groups in Suffolk and the rest of the country. Well done to all involved."
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