06 JUL 2018

Therese welcomes Fisheries White Paper

Therese has welcomed the publication of the Government's White Paper on the future of Britain's fisheries policy.

Today the Government has set out its plans to promote a more competitive, profitable and sustainable fishing industry across the whole of the UK, setting a gold standard for sustainable fishing around the world.

Therese said: "One of the benefits of leaving the EU is having a fisheries policy that will boost our fishing industry. for the first time in 40 years access to UK waters will be under our control and for the benefit of British fishermen, especially the under 10 fishing fleet along the Suffolk coast. I am sure this will be highly welcomed and I encourage local fishermen to give their views by September 10th.

"We are committed to working closely with our partners to manage shared stocks in a sustainable way and share fishing opportunities."

Therese added: "We will continue to work closely with other nations on ensuring fishing has a sustainable and profitable future.


22 MAY 2018

Therese Welcomes new Clean Air Strategy Designed to Cut Pollution

The Government has today announced a new Clean Air Strategy designed to cut air pollution, save lives and leave our environment in a better state than we found it. It includes plans for primary legislation to create a new legal air quality framework and give local government new powers to take decisive action to cut air pollution.

The strategy focuses primarily on particulate matter, which affects breathing. The biggest contributor to this is the domestic burning of wood and coal which contributes 38% of UK emissions.

Local MP and Defra Minister, Therese Coffey said: "I'm pleased that my department has today launched our Clean Air Strategy designed to dramatically cut air pollution and improve people's health."

Therese added: "It is important that we do all we can to reduce the use of smokey coal and wet wood, which causes damaging particulate matter but keep smokeless coal and dry, seasoned wood. As a result, we will legislate to ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels and stoves will be available for sale."

The strategy will also focus on reducing ammonia from farming – which is responsible for 88% of ammonia emissions – by requiring farmers to invest in the infrastructure and equipment that will reduce emissions. Farmers will be supported to achieve this through the new system of public money for public goods.

The new strategy, which is now out for consultation, is a key part of our 25 Year Plan to leave our environment in a better state than we found it.


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."


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