In celebration of Suffolk Day, I am delighted to join with my fellow Suffolk MPs in co-hosting a special event in Parliament today to showcase some of the finest food and drink produced right here in Suffolk. MPs, staff and visitors will welcome the likes of Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses, having the opportunity to sample some of Suffolk's finest fayre at the event. If we can capture the outstanding spirit of Suffolk folk at our "Suffolk Day in Parliament" event, it will be a worthy and fitting addition to the day's celebrations.
Championed by BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times, last year's inaugural Suffolk Day certainly did everything it set out to do – and more, shouting about all that is great about Suffolk.
It's no wonder that so many visitors choose to make Suffolk their destination of choice each year. With the most easterly point in Britain, Ness Point in Lowestoft, offering early risers the first glimpse of the sunrise, Suffolk also promises the most amount of sunshine and driest climate in the whole of the UK, which only allows for more hours in the day to explore this great county of ours.
Here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, I believe we have the perfect mix with something to offer everyone. Our vibrant and thriving county town of Ipswich offers a wealth of culture, arts, food and drink, festivals and shopping opportunities and of course, its impressive waterfront.
We are also lucky to have a number of bustling market towns, including Framlingham, Debenham, Eye, Stradbroke and Wickham Market, all surrounded by our rolling countryside and Suffolk's famous wide-open skies. Of course, Suffolk's natural landscape has inspired writers, artists and musicians for centuries – Constable, Munnings and Britten to name a few, but of course more recently our own Ed Sheeran was inspired to write about Framlingham's "Castle on the Hill."
Boasting a long history in farming and food production, Suffolk can also lay claim to some of the finest food and drink in the country – with fine and casual dining, dog-friendly pubs to welcome weary walkers, cafes and farmshops, the choice is vast. And after a busy day's exploring, a welcome tipple from one of Suffolk's award-winning brewers or vineyards is sure to satisfy.
With such a vibrant, growing economy, and outstanding transport links, it's no wonder that so many major businesses and small rural start-ups are choosing to make Suffolk their home.
Every day I represent the people of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, I am incredibly proud of everything we have to offer here in this great part of Suffolk. I couldn't think of a better place to live and work and I am honoured to have been re-elected to serve this very special part of the county.
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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (11 Dec 2018)
Private parking enforcement at commercial ports and trading estates – Daniel Poulter. Adjournment debate
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: General Practitioners: Recruitment (7 Dec 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of full-time equivalent GPs in England; and will he make a statement.