20 MAY 2017

Dr Dan supports community events in Cotton and Horham

On Saturday, Dr Dan was pleased to visit one of the regular Cotton Community Coffee Mornings, where he enjoyed speaking to a number of visitors and hearing their views on the forthcoming General Election.

Later in the day, Dr Dan then visited the annual Horham Fete, where visitors enjoyed the warm weather and the number of displays which took place.  Dr Dan very much enjoyed visiting the many stalls and sideshows at the family event, which seems to grow in popularity each year.  Dr Dan is a keen supporter of the many food and drink producers that we have here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and always takes the opportunity to buy locally wherever possible.


15 MAY 2017

Gressland Court, Kesgrave welcomes Dr Dan

Following a visit to Badingham Community Shop, Dr Dan was pleased to visit the team and residents in Kesgrave's Gressland Court Care Home.

After a quick look around the premises, Dr Dan was delighted to meet with a number of residents, many of whom were keen to discuss the politics of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15 MAY 2017

Cakes aplenty on the campaign trail in Badingham

Almost a year after officially opening Badingham's Community Shop, Dr Dan was delighted to return to visit Tanya and the team and to hear about the shop's progress.

The shop came about with lots of hard work and a real team effort from the community, assisted by financial support to the tune of £5500, from Suffolk Coastal District Council's Enabling Communities Budget.

Aside from benefitting the local residents, community pubs, shops and cafes provide a welcome pit-stop for those visiting the area, all too happy to stop awhile to sample fresh, locally prepared snack and goods. Passing trade such as this all helps to bolster the local economy and Dr Dan was pleased to see that this thriving community asset is going from strength to strength.


14 MAY 2017

Dr Dan supports Canine Welfare Centre Fundraiser

On Sunday Dr Dan was pleased to drop in to support the fundraising event at Glevering's Canine Welfare Rescue Centre, where he met a number of visitors and some canine residents.

The event was well supported with over £500 raised by Emma and her team.


13 MAY 2017

Aspall 2017 Debenham Run raises money for Debenham Community Swimming Pool

Dr Dan was delighted to take part in this year's Aspall 2017 Debenham Run, competing in the 10k running race and raising money for the Debenham Community Swimming Pool project.

Attracting entrants from far and wide, this year's event saw record attendance in each of the 1k. 5k and 10k events after completing the race comfortably, Dr Dan was then delighted to present the prizes to the winners from each category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


13 MAY 2017

Dr Dan supports Whitton Church May Fayre

Ahead of competing in the Aspall 2017 Debenham 10k running race, Dr Dan was pleased to drop in and support the annual Whitton Church May Fayre coffee morning, an event which supports the community and raises worthwhile funds for the local church and other North West Ipswich community projects.

With many visitors to the event, Dr Dan enjoyed talking to a number of people and of course, visiting the many stands and stalls offering home baking, local produce and gifts.

 

 


11 MAY 2017

Securing better broadband for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Whilst out on the campaign trail, Dr Dan took some time out to deliver an update on broadband.

Since being elected in 2010, Dr Dan has worked tirelessly to help secure better broadband for the people of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and he was delighted to help secure around £30 million of Conservative Government money to secure the rollout of better broadband.

Far from being a luxury item, good and reliable broadband connectivity is essential to daily living, especially so in a rural county.  Broadband is vital infrastructure which enables and drives growth and investment into Suffolk's local economy, as well as ensuring reliable access for young people researching their studies and ultimately achieving their career aspirations. With public services constantly looking for new and innovative ways of working together across boundaries and sectors, fast and reliable digital connectivity is absolutely essential.

Although the constituency is predominantly rural, Dr Dan receives a surprising amount of feedback from people in North Ipswich who get in touch to highlight their lack of connectivity and download speeds, whether residential or commercial. Equally in some of the most rural parts of Central Suffolk it can be almost impossible to reach even the minimum download speeds and this is of great concern to Dr Dan. Living in rural communities, it is so easy for people to feel isolated and cut off from the wider community and approaching the longer days of winter, access to the internet and mobile coverage can often mean the difference between isolation and staying in touch with friends, family and vital services.

Rural communities are increasingly lacking in the choice of local amenities, which can be taken for granted by many of us and for Dr Dan, this highlights the need to ensure reliable and efficient broadband connectivity is available, no matter where this may be. The ability to shop online, bank online, or book a doctor's appointment and order prescriptions are becoming more commonplace, not to mention delivering cost savings for public services and the NHS, so it's simply vital to ensure that superfast broadband is available to all.

Clearly the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme has already made giant inroads into delivering superfast broadband across the county, but there remains a significant way to go in achieving the goal of 100% coverage.

This is why Dr Dan will continue to fight hard to secure the faster and more reliable broadband services that the people of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich deserve.  


07 MAY 2017

Dr Dan raises money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Kesgrave 5k Run

On Sunday, Dr Dan was delighted to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice by taking part in this year's Kesgrave 5k road race, organised by Debbie McCallum.

As a doctor, Dr Dan believes that it is important to lead by example, and although juggling a demanding work schedule, Dr Dan still makes time for sport and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Making changes to our diet and lifestyle, and doing more exercise can improve both physical and mental health. Dr Dan is a keen sportsman, and plays rugby when time permits.  Dr Dan hopes that his efforts may help to encourage other people with busy lives to make small changes to improve their health and fitness.

Lack of time is often cited as the biggest barrier to people adopting healthier lifestyles, as they often struggle to juggle their busy working, social and family lives. Making time for exercise and healthy nutritional choices can often feel like a luxury or even a chore but taking time out to look after your physical and mental health is one of the most important adjustments you can make.

 


06 MAY 2017

Wickham Market welcomes Dr Dan

Dr Dan was delighted to visit a number of shops and businesses in the thriving market town of Wickham Market where he met with a number of business owners and visitors.

During the visit Dr Dan was pleased to speak with business owners and to learn more about their successes and growth across many sectors. It was especially heartening to hear about the strong sense of community that many shops and businesses cited as being a real positive to doing business in Wickham Market.


06 MAY 2017

Framlingham welcomes new Dog Grooming Parlour

As part of his visit to Framlingham, Dr Dan was delighted to drop in to the town's brand new dog grooming parlour - K9 Divine, to help celebrate their official opening.

Dr Dan took the opportunity to have a look around and wishes Bryony and her team every success.


06 MAY 2017

New offices for Framlingham Town Council opened by Dr Dan

During the first half of the 19th century, Framlingham was the legal hub for some 33 parishes, but today the town's Court House plays host to Framlingham Library.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Suffolk Libraries and Framlingham Town Council, the premises have now also welcomed Framlingham Town Council and Dr Dan was delighted to officially open their new offices co-loacted with the town's library.


01 MAY 2017

Dr Dan enjoys a visit to the annual Mendlesham May Fayre

This year, Mendlesham's Annual May Fayre fell on May Day itself and Dr Dan was delighted to visit once more to witness the traditional procession of the May Queen, Princess and their attendants, before taking time to visit the many stands and stall holders who were there to enjoy the bumper Street Fayre.

Dr Dan was delighted to show his support for the Mendlesham Street Fair, which attracted a large number of local residents who came to see an array of craft, gift and game stalls, along with the traditional procession through the historic village.The event was organised by Mendlesham Community Council and saw many village shops and the village pubs open up all day to welcome residents.  Amongst the stands, Dr Dan was delighted to support a number of worthy causes including Mendlesham United Football Club, St Elizabeth Hospice and the Women's Institute (WI).

At the end of a very busy afternoon, Dr Dan was able to enjoy a visit to Mendlesham's only pub, The King's Head.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


29 APR 2017

Easton May Fair welcomes Dr Dan

On 29 April, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to the Easton May Fair where he enjoyed visiting the many stalls, talking to residents and, of course, taking the opportunity to sample the local fayre. Dr Dan is a keen supporter of the many food and drink producers that we have here in the Constituency and always takes the opportunity to buy locally wherever possible.

 



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Dr Dan's work in Parliament

Food and Farming: Employment Opportunities — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)
Daniel Poulter: The Minister is making an excellent case for the steps that the Government are taking to promote apprenticeships in the agricultural sector. Given the fact that many people decide on where their careers will take them at a relatively early age—it is probably around age 13 or 14—what steps can be taken to encourage younger people to think about careers in agriculture and the whole...

Food and Farming: Employment Opportunities — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He makes a good point, because although the Government have had tremendous success in expanding apprenticeships and vocational training opportunities in many industrial sectors, there is a problem in getting younger people engaged in farming. What are his thoughts on taking a more holistic view of farming, in the context of the whole...