June 2015

Elizabeth's Monthly Report June 2015

The second monthly update from Elizabeth Truss MP

As Environment Secretary, Elizabeth has welcomed a series of changes announced by the European Commission to make it easier for UK farmers to meet Common Agricultural Policy rules, but warned there is still more to do reduce the burdens of the current scheme.


Elizabeth has unveiled her new vision for the future of British food and farming and the natural environment, announcing the biggest data giveaway the UK has ever seen.


Elizabeth attended the Royal Highland Show at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

Elizabeth joined wildlife experts and local enthusiasts to celebrate the launch of the new Norfolk Wildlife Trust educational centre in Cley, which will focus on educating young people about the living landscape around them.


Elizabeth praised the work of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in Norfolk, commenting that she is “a huge fan of IDBs with fantastic drainage boards in Norfolk”. In October 2014 Elizabeth held a flood summit in Downham Market where discussions focused on more collaborative working between IDBs, landowners, local agencies and the Environment Agency (EA).



Elizabeth visited Downham Market Academy with Principal Jon Ford.

Elizabeth welcomed the announcement by the Department for Education that every child starting secondary school in September will study the key subjects of the EBacc, English, maths, science, history or geography, and a language at GCSE.


Elizabeth pressed the Department for Transport on the upgrade of the Ely North Junction – a key rail junction on the East Anglian network which needs to be upgraded in order to facilitate increased services on the Downham and Thetford routes as well as cross country and freight services.


Commenting on the announcement by the Transport Secretary that the DfT is reviewing the rail investment programme, Elizabeth said that she will emphasise the economic benefits to the region the upgrade will bring.


Elizabeth hosted a meeting with other Norfolk MPs to discuss the upgrade work to the A47. Elizabeth met Sheila Lock, the Interim Director of Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council, and Dr Wendy Thomson CBE, the new Managing Director of Norfolk County Council. Elizabeth held a meeting in Downham Market with Chief Executive Neil Darwin and Chairman Mark Reeve of Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Elizabeth attended the Thetford Mayor’s Civic Reception with Mayor and Mayoress Robert Kybird and Mrs Glynis Irish. Elizabeth met local businesses in Mundford who are benefitting from the rollout of the Better Broadband for Norfolk project, including Craft ICT and Atkins Thetford. Elizabeth also met local farmers O W Wortley & Sons Ltd in Methwold, as well as Councillor Nick Daubney, Leader of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council. Elizabeth addressed the launch of Michael Hayman and Nick Giles’ new book MISSION: How the Best in Business Break Through.

Elizabeth will be holding a surgery in Thetford on Friday 10th July from 3pm – 5pm, and a surgery in Downham Market on Friday 4th September from 4pm – 6pm. To arrange an appointment, please email elizabeth.truss.mp@parliament.uk or telephone 01842 757345.

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