October 2014

Elizabeth's Monthly Report October 2014
The forty-seventh monthly report from Elizabeth Truss MP updating residents on her activities.
Elizabeth signed a joint letter to the Chancellor with other Norfolk MPs urging him to fully dual the A47.

Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, the Eastern Daily Press, and Thetford business groups joined Elizabeth to discuss preparations for the opening of the A11, which will be fully dualled this year. 
Elizabeth attended a business breakfast in Downham Market with the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss reducing regulation and improving access to finance. 
Elizabeth held a flood summit in Downham Market. The Environment Agency presented a new scheme which will see collaborative working with the Internal Drainage Boards, and Norfolk County Council presented a scheme to improve the Welney Causeway.

Elizabeth also visited the River Wissey and the River Nar with the Norfolk Rivers Trust. 
Elizabeth visiting a pig farm in Crimplesham.
Elizabeth met other Norfolk MPs and Norfolk farmers to discuss a range of issues, including the Common Agricultural Policy, crop rotation, and pollinators. Elizabeth also met Norfolk pig farmers in Crimplesham and took part in a farming forum at the King’s Arms pub in Shouldham. 
Elizabeth met British Trust for Ornithology Chief Executive Dr Andy Clements and other key members of staff in Thetford to discuss the data analysis of birds.

In Parliament, Elizabeth answered questions at Defra Oral Questions.

In her role as Environment Secretary, Elizabeth launched the Government’s Pollinator Strategy. This will see more funding made available to farmers and landowners who take steps to improve the conditions for bees and other pollinating insects that fertilise plants to grow crops, fruits and seeds. This is an important step forward as they provide services worth £430m to the economy and our arable and horticultural industries are dependent on them.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs also announced that it is removing the subsidies for solar panels to be placed on farmland. The change, which will come into effect from January 2015, will mean that farmers who choose to use fields for solar panels will not be eligible for any farm subsidy payments through the Common Agricultural Policy for that land.
Elizabeth attended Remembrance Sunday events in Swaffham and Downham Market. She visited Watlington Primary School as part of Parliament week. She visited St Mary’s Church, Feltwell, to see the Aisle Project.

Elizabeth opened the first phase of a new housing development in Swaffham by Abel Homes.

Elizabeth met Thetford town councillors to discuss a range of issues in the town, and also met Stow Bardolph Parish Council. 
Elizabeth has appeared in the Eastern Daily Press, the Lynn News, the Swaffham and Watton Times, the Thetford and Brandon Times, the Downham Market News, Signpost magazine, the Eagre News and in the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the BBC and the Daily Mail. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and on the BBC’s Sunday Politics. 
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The Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP
House of Commons,