On Sunday 15th July, Dr Dan joined BBC's John Pienaar and fellow guests, for a special edition of Radio 5's Pienaar's Politics live from Latitude.
Dr Dan was pleased to visit the Swilland and Witnesham Village Produce Show on Saturday 14th July, where he very much enjoyed browsing the locally grown and homemade produce and meeting a number of visitors.
Although a fun event, it was clear to see that the competition was hotly contested amongst local entrants, but all in all the event was the perfect showcase for locally grown, seasonal produce and home baking.
Community events such as these play a vital role in our rural communities, bringing together residents and visitors.
On Friday 13th July, Dr Dan was delighted to visit The Walk, an affordable housing scheme in Kesgrave, where he was welcomed with tea and homemade cakes as he joined residents in celebrating a much needed refurbishment of their communal lounge. Dr Dan was joined by Cllr Debbie McCallum and Cllr Stuart Lawson both local ward members for Kesgrave West, who together donated £2,000 from their Enabling Communities Budget to The Walk, an affordable housing scheme.
In total, £6,000 was raised, with £2,000 donated by SPARK (Sport, Amenities, and Recreation in Kesgrave) and £2,000 coming from Flagship Homes.
Residents were clearly thrilled with their new facilities, which have been made possible by positive partnership working between Suffolk Coastal District Council, SPARK and Flagship Homes. The newly refurbished lounge has brought residents together, with many gathering recently to watch the Royal wedding and the World Cup.
A regular visitor to Whitehouse Community Primary School, Dr Dan particularly enjoyed his visit on Friday 13th July, where he enjoyed a tour of the school to see for himself the recent improvements and changes to enhance classroom provision at the school.
Following the tour, a group of pupils from Year 5 were waiting to enthusiastically put their questions to their local MP. The group were very keen to learn more about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Westminster.
The group of students were all too keen to discuss matters of democracy with Dr Dan, having recently held their own elections for school House Captains. They very much enjoyed telling Dr Dan about the process, and it was clear that this group of students took their new roles very seriously indeed, wanting to use their new positions to bring about positive change for the school and their fellow students.
Speaking about the visit, Dr Dan said "It's always encouraging to see younger students so engaged with politics, especially coming up with their own ideas and putting forward their own views. It's especially heartening to hear the students' talk about how they want to use their new roles to bring about positive change."
Visits such as these are important in strengthening the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and how he can make sure that the voice of our communities here in Suffolk are heard in Parliament.
Basking in the glorious Suffolk sunshine, Dr Dan was delighted to visit Rendham, to enjoy their annual Summer Fete.
Crowds came out in their droves to enjoy the summer sunshine and a host of activities on the village green, including traditional tombolas and games, all raising vital funds for the local community. Aside from the activities, there were also a number of stands offering cakes, a range of refreshments and much more and it was great to see so many enjoying the traditional fun offered by a village fete.
During a visit to local Kesgrave organisation, OFTEC, Dr Dan was pleased to meet with Chief Executive, Paul Rose, to learn more about the important work going on here in Suffolk, working to decarbonise off-grid heating systems and develop systems to address fuel poverty.
OFTEC, the Oil-Firing Technical Assoication is the trade association representing the interests of oil-fired boiler, oil storage tank and associated manufacturers. OFTEC work with over 80 training centres nationwide to provide education and competency assessment for heating technicians in the oil-fired sector.
Dr Dan was delighted to visit Otley College, to see for himself the exciting developments under the leadership team. Following a meeting to hear more about the College's ambitious plans for growth and new opportunities for its students, Dr Dan very much enjoyed a tour of the campus.
During the tour, Dr Dan spent some time in the vehicle mechanics area, the construction hub and the animal welfare centre, before learning more about the new care farm currently being developed on site. Visiting the care farm, Dr Dan was pleased to meet some of the newest residents – a group of newly rehomed chickens who were settling in very happily to their new free range surroundings.
We are incredibly lucky to have a dedicated centre of excellence for land-based studies right here on our doorstep and Dr Dan looks forward to visiting Otley again very soon.
Dr Dan Poulter, has called on Policing Minister, the Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd, MP to visit Ipswich urgently and meet with local Leaders and Suffolk Police to tackle the issue of rising knife crime in our county town, and to see for himself the challenges faced by the Ipswich communities.
Ipswich has seen an alarming increase in knife crimes together with other violent crimes, over the course of the last few years. While many towns and cities have experienced increasing knife crime, there are increasing concerns specifically about knife-related violence in Ipswich. Sadly, in recent weeks, Tavis Spencer-Aitkens – aged just 17, was tragically killed in a knife attack in the town.
Over the 13 months to March 31st this year, some 404 separate incidents, involving weapons such as knives and other blades, were recorded in Suffolk - a third more than in the previous year.
In a letter to the Minister, Dr Poulter said "Ipswich remains a wonderful town – it is a great place to live and do business, and a safe place to visit, but we do need, urgently, to work together to tackle the growing concerns about violent crime in the town."
"There are deep-seated problems behind this recent growth in violent crime and I know that there are a great many dedicated people working tirelessly in our public services and in our communities to help discourage our young people from a life of violence and crime. But they can't do this alone. Our Police, Councils and communities in Suffolk share a collective responsibility to stop this dreadful violence and that's why I have asked the Government to fulfil its share of this collective responsibility, and to help us to tackle the scourge of knife crime head on."
Hot off the heels of celebrating last week's second ever Suffolk Day, Dr Dan was delighted to meet so many people at the annual summer fetes in Wickham Skeith and Playford.
Dr Dan officially opened the annual "Grimmer Fete" in Wickham Skeith, where crowds came out to enjoy the summer sunshine and a host of activities on the village green, including Pig Bowling and a Smash the Crockery Stand, plus an impressive display of vintage cars, all raising vital funds for the local community. Aside from the activities, there were also a number of stands offering cakes, a range of refreshments and much more and it was great to see so many enjoying the traditional fun offered by a village fete.
A regular visitor to both of Cardinal Healthcare's Homes in Suffolk, Dr Dan was delighted to visit Barham Care Home to witness first-hand the fantastic new extension. Dr Dan was highly impressed with the facilities on offer and enjoyed a tour of the purpose built facilities.
As part of the tour, Dr Dan enjoyed meeting with a number of residents who were taking part in the afternoon's activities and it was clear to see that a good afternoon was being enjoyed by all, with a Punch and Judy Show and traditional games on offer.
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Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing today’s debate. It must have struck all of us in the Chamber that any of the challenges she has outlined that refugees face in beginning to engage with life in the UK—whether it be opening a bank account, getting a national insurance number or accessing appropriate healthcare—would be difficult for a British citizen to do within a...
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Psychiatry: Consultants (16 Jul 2018)
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