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 for women to participate in."

Therese added: "The colours of the suffragists - green, white and red - were prominent today, alongside the green, white and violet of the suffragettes.GWR denoted Give Women Rights, while the GWV was Give Women Votes."

"To have a daughter of Suffolk recognised in this way is really special and her presence I hope will act as an inspiration to us all."

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 avoidable plastic waste.

The UK is also leading action with Vanuatu in encouraging other Commonwealth nations to step up action against plastics in the marine environment."

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 Commissioner, Sir David Carter. The Commissioner has informed me 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. I understand that AET have produced an Improvement Plan for the school and a headteacher from another school has been seconded to give extra support at leadership level.

After Easter, I will be meeting the Education Minister to go through the situation in detail. Unfortunately, the meeting had to be rescheduled till then, but it should mean more information is available to help make progress. I also will meet AET and the National Schools Commissioner to focus on rapid improvement in the short term.

I continue to remain concerned about AET's ability to help the school tackle all of the problems identified, which is why I will keep pressing for AET to go. The pace of change must be increased in order to help the young people of Felixstowe Academy fulfil their potential. Ensuring that students who are due to sit their GCSE exams shortly are fully prepared must remain a priority. That said, it will take some time to sort out a new academy sponsor.

Thank you again and I will update you in due course.


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