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  • SUFFOLK HARVEST FESTIVAL

    The Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds was packed today for the county’s annual harvest festival with great hymns and a fine address by Anna Hill of  the BBC’s Farming Today programme. The service was  a wonderful mix of  acknowledging our county’s farming tradition while looking to the future. There were  long service awards for farm workers while with…

  • THINK! RURAL ROAD CAMPAIGN

    Suffolk County Council is supporting the new  national campaign – THINK! –  urging drivers to take more care on our rural roads. In Britain 60% of road fatalities occur on country roads, and new research shows that many more drivers are needlessly putting themselves at risk of an accident. This is partly because if people…

  • SPENDING SUFFOLK’S POUNDS IN THE COUNTY

    Over 60% of all the money spent by SCC is on contracts for goods and services.  This is because the council have both outsourced many of our services, which are now being delivered by third parties, or because we have spun off activities such as the libraries and property activities into independent, wholly-owned, bodies. Last…

  • BETTER ATTAINMENT LEVELS IN OUR SCHOOLS

    New figures published by the Government show that the number of five to seven year olds in Suffolk achieving expected levels of attainment in reading, writing and maths has improved significantly this year. These figures are provisional, with final data released in January 2015, but they are a very welcome indication that the hard work…

  • I AM JOINING THE MOBILE PHONE TASKFORCE

    Suffolk county council is launching a major campaign to improve mobile phone reception across the county – and I am joining the taskforce. This is an issue about which I feel very strongly Reception is so rotten where I live in the village of Stansfield that neither my own Orange phone or my county council issue…

  • DITCHING 0845 NUMBERS … A RESULT … At LAST!

    About a year ago, I took up the complaints of residents about the cost of telephoning the county council. It could cost 28p + just to get through to the right department when calling to pay a bill. SCC Leader, Mark Bee, promised to look into the issue for me but said nothing could be…

  • CLACTON CAMPAIGN

    Thursday 2 October, the day after returning from the party conference, and a group of us met up with Matt Hancock to celebrate his birthday and go campaigning in Clacton. So here we are enjoying birthday fish and chips.

  • BRILLIANT SPEECHES AT CONFERENCE 2014

    You will have heard the reports, seen the news and read the write-ups of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. I just want to add the best bits I heard and remembered during an inspiring, fascinating, exhausting three days Mobile companies must do more – and I will make sure that they do – Sajid Javid about…

  • OFF TO CONFERENCE…

    For the first time in years I am off to the Conservative Party Conference. When I last did the rounds of the party conferences, as a political hack, it was the Labour Party that struggled to present a united front and I can’t recall anyone being caught in a tabloid sting texting dodgy photos of…

  • SUFFOLK’S LATEST TRUANCY SWEEP NETS FEWER OFFENDERS

    Just six pupils were found truanting from school as part of a co-ordinated county-wide sweep carried out in the past week by SCC and Suffolk Police. The operation demonstrated a significant drop in offenders when compared with a sweep which took place last year whereby 43 individuals were caught truanting in Ipswich alone. The truancy sweep this…