July 2013

July 2013

This is the thirty-fifth monthly report from Elizabeth Truss MP updating residents on her activities.


Local Issues: Elizabeth met Greater Anglia to discuss the Station Master’s House in Thetford. A site visit to discuss possible uses for the house has been agreed with Greater Anglia and the East of England Buildings Preservation Trust. Elizabeth has written to the Office of Rail Regulation about increasing rail services from Cambridge to Kings Lynn and Norwich. Elizabeth delivered a speech at the West Norfolk School’s conference about improving education standards in Norfolk. Elizabeth met education minister Lord Nash to discuss the standard of schools in Norfolk. She was delighted that the Inspiration Trust led by Rachel de Souza has become the new sponsor of Thetford Academy.


Defence: Elizabeth visited RAF Marham with defence minister Mark Francois MP, where she met parents at the Sandringham community centre and the Rainbow Centre Nursery. She heard from the minister about the extension of the Start-Up Loans scheme which provides up to £5,000 to ex-service personnel and military spouses to help them set-up businesses.


Farming: Elizabeth met the Minister of State for Energy, Michael Fallon, to discuss the effects that the burning of straw and hay for biomass has on their price which puts strain on Norfolk’s pig farming industry. Elizabeth has written to Agriculture Minister David Heath MP to take up local farmers’ concerns over the CAP agreement.


Education: Elizabeth visited St Mary and St John’s school in London with the Prime Minister for the launch of the new National Curriculum, where she saw pupils computer programming. She delivered the keynote speech about maths education at the Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education’s annual conference. She awarded prizes at the Annual German Teacher Awards. Elizabeth went to the International Student Science Fair and spoke on the future of science and education.


Meetings and Events: Elizabeth visited Springwood High School in King’s Lynn with fellow MP Henry Bellingham. Elizabeth opened the Stow Bedon Summer Fete. She attended the St Peter’s Church Fete. Elizabeth opened the Thomas Paine hotel in Thetford. Elizabeth visited the Royal Norfolk Show where she met the Federation of Small Businesses and met companies involved in the supply chain for the production of beer.


Media: Elizabeth has appeared in the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent, City AM, the Newstatesman, BBC news, Lynn News, Bury Free Press, Norwich Evening Times, the Eastern Daily Press and the East Anglian Daily Times. She has written articles for the Downham Market News, the Thetford and Swaffham Times, the Eagre news, Welney news, Signpost and the Eastern Daily Press. Elizabeth was interviewed for KLFM and Radio Norfolk.


Upcoming Surgeries:


·         6th September Thetford 16.00 - 18.00

·         4th October Downham Market 16.00 – 18.00

·         15th November Swaffham 16.00 – 18.00


Please contact Fiona Walker on elizabeth.truss.mp@parliament.uk or 01842 757345 to arrange an appointment. 


If you would like to contact Elizabeth, please write to her at: 


 The Limes,

32 Bridge Street,



IP24 3AG.