This is the twenty-ninth monthly report from Elizabeth Truss MP updating residents on her activities.
Local issues: Elizabeth and Therese Coffey MP co-hosted a banking forum in Mundford with the Federation of Small Businesses, representatives from HSBC, RBS, Lloyds, Santander and Barclays. The conference was addressed by private equity investor and MPs from Norfolk and Suffolk. Elizabeth called for clear reasons to be given as to why customers are unable to secure a loan. Elizabeth attended a meeting of MPs from rural constituencies to discuss the disparity of funding between urban and rural councils. She has taken this issue up with Brandon Lewis, Local Government minister and has written to him to raise her concerns about Breckland Council’s settlement grant. In response to a letter from Elizabeth, the Ministry of Defence has given its assurance about the security of RAF Marham after a series of thefts at the base.
Transport: Elizabeth wrote to Stephen Hammond MP, Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, about the need to improve the Broadend Road Junction as part of any improvements that are made to the A47. Elizabeth has been pressing Network Rail to confirm the work to Ely North junction: Network Rail has now confirmed that the upgrade of the Ely North will go ahead in the 2014-2019 control spending period.
Food and Farming: Elizabeth met Owen Paterson MP, Environment Secretary, to raise her concerns about biomass subsidies and the effect they have on local farmers. He told Elizabeth that it is important that we do not risk upsetting the delicate balance of interests that underpins our living working countryside. Elizabeth has written to planning minister Nick Boles MP about the difficulties of getting permission to build agricultural structures such as polytunnels. She has also written to Owen Paterson and Nick Boles about the difficulty of getting planning permission for workers’ accommodation on farms and other rural businesses.
Education: Elizabeth visited Durrand Academy. Elizabeth attended a seminar at the Nuffield Foundation where she advocated new qualifications to get more students studying maths until they are eighteen.
Meetings and Events: Elizabeth met Tony Abbott, Australian Leader of the opposition; Kelly O’Dwyer, Australian MP; Dame Clare Tickell of Action for Children; and Sir Adrian Smith. She spoke at the North of England Education Conference.
Media: Elizabeth was interviewed for KLFM, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Look East and the Eastern Daily Press. She has written articles for the Telegraph, the Thetford and Swaffham Times and Conservative Home. She has appeared in articles in The Telegraph, The Independent, the Daily Mail, The Times, the Guardian, BBC News, Nursery World, the Lynn News, the Eastern Daily Press and the Fen Land Citizen.
· 25th January (Swaffham) 15.00 – 17.00 Surgery
· 8th February (Thetford) 11.00 – 13.00 Surgery
· 8th March (Downham Market 16.00 – 18.00
Please contact Fiona Walker on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01842 757345 to arrange an appointment.
If you would like to contact Elizabeth, please write to her at:
32 Bridge Street,