December 2015



Elizabeth's Monthly Report December 2015

The Fifth Monthly Report from Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth met Sky to discuss investment in broadband. She also launched the Croxton Rural Open Sure Signal programme with Vodafone. The programme brings 3G signal which allows for mobile internet and high quality calls.

Elizabeth with members of the Thetford Business Group

Elizabeth joined members of the recently formed Thetford Young Business Group to hear about their new organisation. She commented ‘This is an excellent initiative and will provide a wonderful platform for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss their ideas, network and socialise with other young business people.’

During a visit to the 2 Sisters Food Group in Thetford, Elizabeth toured the site to see the high-tech facilities and chatted to staff about their work.

Elizabeth announced a barley trade deal on a visit to China. The deal will be worth £100 million to UK farmers. Elizabeth also secured future pork exports to China which will provide a significant boost to the pig industry in the region.

Elizabeth buying game pies in Goddards of Downham Market on Small Business Saturday

At the House of Commons, Elizabeth hosted the launch event for the proposed Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering in Downham Market. The £350m investment is forecast to generate 4,500 new jobs.

Elizabeth has also welcomed changes to the funding formula for schools in Norfolk from 2017-18 saying ‘This should help schools in rural areas like Norfolk.’ 

Elizabeth welcomed the news that an additional squadron of F35 Joint Strike Fighters will be based at RAF Marham, commenting ‘RAF Marham works closely with the local community, councils and business leaders and the £300 million investment announced earlier this year by the Prime Minister means that the base is well placed to support the expansion of the Lightning II programme.’ Elizabeth also met the station commander to discuss the future skill sets that will be needed at the base to support the next generation of fighter aircraft.

Elizabeth met Norfolk FWAG in Methwold and discussed Countryside Stewardship, reducing bureaucracy and improving the environment.

Elizabeth convened a meeting of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire MPs and the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin to discuss the upgrade of the Ely North rail Junction. The Secretary of State was presented with the details of why the half hourly services on the Kings Lynn line, the Norwich to Cambridge route and cross country passenger and freight services are so important to the region. In addition, Elizabeth held a further meeting with Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway in Ely to discuss improvements to the junction. Elizabeth will be holding a further meeting with MPs and business leaders in the new year to explore the options for the upgrade work.

Elizabeth with the Aspires team, High Sheriff of Norfolk, Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Downham Market.
Elizabeth met Downham Market Town Council and Morrisons supermarket to look at the car parking within the town.
She also joined members of Aspires day service for their ‘at home’ event in Fincham. Aspires offers work experience and social skills for adults with learning and/or physical disabilities. Elizabeth commented ‘I was delighted to join the team at Aspires for their ‘at home’ event. The centre was extremely busy and I could see first-hand the valuable work experience on offer at Aspires.’
HGV movements, speeding traffic and concern about the structure of the river banks in the Upwell area were raised at a meeting Elizabeth held with local residents and Norfolk County Council highways department. Elizabeth has called on the council to review the route hierarchy. Norfolk County Council has said they will re-visit the area with road engineers and consider the traffic surveys that have taken place.
Elizabeth joined the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn to discuss local health issues.
Elizabeth visited Dogs Trust Snetterton to discuss the animal welfare charity’s most recent campaigns, witness the work of the Rehoming Centre, and meet a number of VIPs (very important pooches). She said  “It was a pleasure to meet Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, and learn more about the issues facing dog owners and their pets in my constituency and nationwide. I met with staff to see progress on the development of the training centre and was pleased to discuss the importance of training in helping many dogs find their forever home.”