October 2013

October 2013

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


Local issues: Elizabeth met Downham West Parish Council to discuss school transport and the danger of children walking along the steep river bank at Salters Lode. Elizabeth has raised this with Norfolk County Council.  Elizabeth attended a presentation about the Ouse Washes at the Welney Wetland Trust. Elizabeth went to the world’s largest coffee morning at Thetford Fire Station in support of Macmillan Cancer.


Business: Elizabeth hosted a follow-up meeting in Westminster from the Banking Forum held in January with the major banks and the Federation of Small Businesses where business lending was discussed. Elizabeth held a Business Forum in Mundford with UKTI to discuss exporting opportunities for local businesses. After the meeting Elizabeth raised the issues discussed with ministers in the Business Department.


Transport: Elizabeth met Transport Minister Stephen Hammond on the A47 and discussed the case for improvements, particularly at the Broadend Junction. Elizabeth is meeting train companies to discuss the Fenline rail franchise now that bids are being entered for the next franchise.


Health: Elizabeth met Patricia Wright, Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, to discuss accountability for the findings in the worrying reports from the CQC and Monitor. Elizabeth and her fellow MP Henry Bellingham have a meeting with Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter to seek urgent action on the QEH. Elizabeth met Dr Sue Crossman, Chief Officer of West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, to discuss plans for West Norfolk healthcare provision.


Education: Elizabeth visited The Nicholas Hammond Academy, Swaffham to meet the Principal Cheryl Hill and teaching staff. Elizabeth attended the opening of the new building at Thetford Academy. Elizabeth visited St Martin at Shouldham Church of England Primary School to celebrate the school achieving the Eco Schools Green Flag award and also achieving an outstanding grade in its last Ofsted inspection. She gave a speech on the importance of curriculum reforms to the CBI. She launched a new Core Maths Qualification that will allow thousands more pupils to study maths from age 16 to 18. She gave a speech to STEMNET about the importance of maths.


Meetings and Events: Elizabeth attended to the Brecks Food festival. She visited Herbert Engineering and Warren Services. She met Andreas Schleicher from the OECD.


Media: Elizabeth was interviewed for KLFM and the BBC. She has appeared in articles in The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the BBC, the Eastern Daily Press and the Lynn News. She has written articles for the Downham Market News, the Welney News and the Thetford and Swaffham Times.


Upcoming Surgeries:

·        15th November Swaffham 16.00 – 18.00

·        13th December Thetford 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