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  • MAGNA CARTA IN SUFFOLK

     Living in an area of medieval churches and old villages it is sometimes easy to take history for granted but seeing Magna Carta last week underlined how the courage and determination of our forefathers echoes down through the ages and influences our lives today. Four clauses from Magna Carta still survive in English law. Trial by jury and…

  • HIGHPOINT: GIVE US THE PROOF!

    Calling all residents of Highpoint Estate: please come to a public meeting at Happy Days Nursery at 7pm on Friday 11 April and bring any evidence you have that you have paid the prison or Home Office for the upkeep of the roads. I want people to look out their old bank statements, check out…

  • Funding for Home Energey Saving Scheme

    Suffolk Energy Action – a major new initiative delivered by the county council, in partnership with all seven District and Borough councils across Suffolk, has won nearly £6m to help resients reduce their fuel bills. This is excellent news as the money, allocated by the  Department of Energy and Climate Change, will fund work to help  households…

  • Suffolk Outperforms Other Counties in Tackling Domestic Abuse

    Domestic abuse is one of the last taboos. These days, we chat, blog and tweet about almost every aspect of our lives but it is  hard for victims of domestic abuse to speak out and get the protection and help they need. It was so heartening to hear this week that Suffolk Police, with significant help…

  • Brilliant Energy From Waste Project

    I had a tour of Suffolk’s brilliant energy from waste facility at Great Blakenham last Friday. It is at this site that  from 1 December, all our black bin rubbish will be burned rather than being dumped in landfill. It was a really inspiring visit. Cliff Matthews, the regional manager for SITA UK,  who are…

  • Don’t Panic … But Know What To Do In An Emergency

    I went to a training session recently to learn more about the key role councillors have in contributing to the council’s actions in preparing for, responding to and recovering from such emergencies. The session was run by Neal Evans, SCC’s Emergency Planning Officer. He took us through a discussion on how the county had fared…

  • Housing in Suffolk – Have Your say!

    What do you think of when you are asked what you value most about living in Suffolk? Well, in the next few days more than  80,000 households will receive questionnaires inviting them to answer that question and describe their aspirations for the future.   From today, in what will be Suffolk’s biggest housing survey, all seven district…

  • Calling for a Fair Deal for Hundon Primary School

    It is full council tomorrow where the big debate will be on a no-confidence motion from Labour, attacking the administration over its handling of education in the county. We can expect the usual assault on the administration. We will be blamed for all that is wrong in Suffolk’s schools with no acknowledgement from the opposition that while many…

  • West Suffolk Tories AGM

    At the West Suffolk Conservative Association AGM on Friday night Matthew Hancock, our MP, gave an inspiring address outlining the Tory strategy for the General Election next year. He explained the key issues on which we will fight for an outright Conservative majority in the next Parliament. And the association did me the great honour of…

  • Three Cheers for Local Democracy!

    Brilliant news! St Edmundsbury Borough Council has listened to the fears and concerns of  parish councils and campaigners about alerting them when requests are made for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening. I am chuffed to bits that our campaign has succeeded – congratulations all round to Iona Parker who chairs STOC – Stop Turbines Over Clare…