November 2018 | News Report

Its been a very busy month for the country, from the Budget to Brexit. Read my November monthly report to find out what I have been up to.

Meetings and Events

Remembrance Sunday Armistice 100 Proud and honoured at the Swaffham Armistice service.A hundred years on we remember those who gave their lives for our today. We will remember them.

Essential Workers Together with DWP Breckland and West Norfolk for Jobs, and the prison service, I held an Essential Workers Meeting at the Bedingfeld Arms, Oxborough.  Attended by a number of businesses from across the area including 2 Sisters Food Group, Gs Growers, Fairfax & Favor and Shire Foods  - the message was very much about exploring all options in the recruitment process, with a call to adapt existing practices in order to secure suitable candidates.

The work that is being done to support our young people, those with disabilities and ex-offenders into employment is fantastic. At a time when there are a number of job vacancies, if business think differently about their recruitment procedures, look more at the skill set required and adapt accordingly, moving away from the conventional route of recruitment, then perhaps more people will progress through to employment. Helping ex-offenders gain work gives them the best chance of a future, reduces re-offending and so hearing about the practical work being done by the prison service is great. I know across a number of sectors, recruitment of staff is a significant issue. I have raised these points with the Home Secretary and have been pressing for the seasonal workers scheme to be extended to include food processing and manufacturing.

Ask Her To Stand, 50:50 Parliament One hundred years after women first got the vote, I welcomed my constituent Vickie through the portals of Parliament- thanks for coming down!

Women MPs from around the World @ No.10 It’s not every day that you get Women MPs from around the world together- proud to be part of and great to meet.

Women in Data It was an early start at the Women in Data event held in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster- I highlighted the massive opportunities in STEM and the need to speak out and take risks.

Busy Bees Nursery, Thetford gave me a warm welcome when I dropped in to see them. Fantastic spread by Busy Bees Chef Jonathan and great to see new facilities.

Otley College, Suffolk Delighted to open the Otley College Careers Fair with Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. I got ringside again, this time with the magnificent Red Poll cattle, and spoke to top rural businesses that were exhibiting about what employment opportunities they offer.


Speeches, Articles and Podcasts


Read my speech at The Spectator's parliamentarian of the Year Awards (


Great to star on Lady Karren Brady’s podcast on why I love politics so much and how you need to risk failure to make progress. Out soon!


Read my article for 1828: Liberating our economy is the recipe for success. (


Read my Budget Debate Concluding Speech (



Back British Sugar I took time out of Budget planning for sprinkle of British sugar with Henry Bellingham. Proud to back British Sugar and Norfolk Beet.

Breckland Business Breakfast Businesses from around Breckland joined me for a Q&A on industry, planning and trade. Fresh coffee and planning reform- two of my favourite things!

EF Plastics, Thetford are turning old DVD cases into brand new products- brilliant to visit the factory and see what amazing things local businesses in South West Norfolk are producing.

Small Business Saturday is on 1st of December this year and I would encourage everyone to go out and show their support for small businesses in their local community.

This Government announced its backing in the Autumn Budget that small retail businesses will see their business rates cut by a third for two years from April 2019, and £675 million for local high streets to improve transport links, re-develop empty shops as homes and offices and restore and re-use old and historic properties.

So whether its a local shop, a small manufacturer or family run business- on Small Business Saturday show you are behind them and champion your local community in South West Norfolk.

Visit to the North West Visiting as Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Manchester tech firms certainly do it all from ticket swaps to online curation. I discussed how we can attract more capital to the city, and how we can cut taxes and red-tape to help them succeed. I also visited a cool craft brewery - great innovation and ideas coming from the North West!

Read about my visit to the North West here. (

Visit to Somerset As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I visited technology and agriculture businesses in Somerset earlier this month. Please see the link below to read about why life-changing tech industries and fab foods of Somerset are key to the UK economy.

Click here to read more about my visit to Somerset (

Suffolk Business Meeting Super to speak to businesses developing and putting money into the region- including a £30 million investment announced this week in a multi chilled distribution and snack company by Flying Trade Group. Thank you to Will Quince MP for Colchester for the invitation.



Institute of Technology  Great to support the delegation from the Eastern Institute of Technology in Westminster; the commitment and collaboration between industry and education to secure an IoT in the East of England is fantastic. We have global leading businesses like ARM and Mars, world renowned Cambridge University, all joining together in a unique partnership and I believe this bid led by West Suffolk College deserves to succeed and will significantly boost the opportunities for our young people in Norfolk and surrounding counties.

Gooderstone Primary School, UK Parliament Week To mark UK Parliament Week, I joined pupils and teachers from Gooderstone Primary school. There were lots of questions about my life as an MP and what happens in Westminster - so good to see all the enthusiasm and interest. It’s a great way to get our youngsters involved in the democratic process.

Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham As usual it was great to pop into Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham and catch up with students. We talked Budget, Brexit and electric cars- thanks for having me!



Budget 2018

Budget On 29th October we delivered the Budget 2018: A forward looking, positive budget that gives everyone the chance to succeed.

What is significant about the announcement, is that it means constituents will see more money in their pockets from a number of measures- including a tax cut, an increase in the work allowance for Universal Credit, a higher minimum wage, and a duty freeze on beer, cider and on fuel.

The Budget also brings brilliant news for local businesses in South West Norfolk who will benefit from a 1/3rd off business rates for small retailers as part of the Government’s commitment to the high street and local community.

That same commitment will see significant investment in local and national infrastructure to turbocharge the rural economy- including faster broadband for rural schools, homes and business; £30 billion for the nations road network (inc. a pothole repair fund)- meaning faster journeys and higher growth to our region, and I am really delighted to see a further £500m for the Housing Infrastructure Fund to kick start the housing we so vitally need.

This is a budget for the future of Britain - and importantly, we can do all of this because of the fiscal discipline we have operated.

Budget Debate Concluding Speech



I have received a very large amount of correspondence over the last few weeks about the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the future relationship between our country and the EU.

I understand that this is something people feel very strongly about and people have written to me from all sides of the debate. I would really recommend taking the time to explore the information found at the following link which provides the latest on Brexit:

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is the best deal for the UK and means we will leave the customs union without having a Northern Ireland backstop.  We will be leaving the European Union on the 29th March 2019 and this will give the UK the opportunity to determine our own economic future.

Click here for the latest from the Department for Exiting the European Union (