February 2015

February Monthly Report from The Rt Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP
Elizabeth's Monthly Report February 2015
The fifty-second monthly report from Elizabeth Truss MP updating residents on her activities.
Elizabeth has called on Network Rail to electrify the Norwich/Thetford to Cambridge line, for improvements at Trowse Bridge and to protect the Ipswich to Peterborough route.
Elizabeth and the Prime Minister visited RAF Marham to discuss the £300 million investment in the base ahead of the arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Elizabeth reviewed plans for redevelopment of the site to accommodate the world’s most advanced fighter jet, and spoke with the dedicated flight crew about recent operations. Elizabeth has written to the Defence Secretary to ensure that any future development at RAF Marham involves the local work force and supply chains.
Elizabeth visited Thetford Academy and took part in a question and answer session with Sixth Form students.
 
Elizabeth welcomed the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, that Marshland High School in West Walton, Downham Market Academy and Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham have been successful in their applications for the Priority School Building Programme. A number of primary schools in South West Norfolk have also received capital funding for the next three years.
Elizabeth attended the 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, otherwise known as ‘the Rural Oscars’, to present the Champion of Champions plaques to four businesses that have previously held the UK & Ireland Champion title, in a celebration of rural heroes who promote the best that the countryside has to offer.
 
Elizabeth spoke at the Norfolk Farming Conference at the John Innes Centre, where she outlined the importance of science and new technologies to the food industry, which is worth more than £100bn to the British economy.
 
Elizabeth has launched a campaign to put Norfolk on the food map by urging farmers and producers to secure the county’s first protective designation. Elizabeth highlighted the Norfolk Peer potato, grown by Heygate Farms of Swaffham, and the large black pigs bred by Scotts Field Pork near Oxborough.
 
Elizabeth attended the inaugural Food Stars Awards at No. 11 Downing Street, to celebrate the contribution to the UK’s growing economy by fifty of the country’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs.
 
Elizabeth also opened the new pharmacy in Terrington St. John. She visited Broadend Road Junction to assess the new safety measures in place on the A47 and met East Harling Parish Council in relation to concerns about HGV movements in the village. Elizabeth attended the RSPB’s stone curlew celebration evening with farmers in Thetford. Elizabeth also visited Upwell Post office where concerns have been raised about the proposed re-location of the service. She has called on the Post Office to hold a public meeting.
Elizabeth has appeared in the BBC News, ITV News, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Fenland Citizen, the Eastern Daily Press, the Yorkshire Post, the Lynn News, and multiple local and regional newspapers.
Elizabeth held a surgery in Downham Market on the 27thFebruary.
 
Elizabeth will be holding a surgery in Swaffham on the 20th March from 7pm.
To book an appointment please call 01842 757 345 or email elizabeth.truss.mp@parliament.uk