24 MAR 2017

Dennington Primary School welcome Dr Dan on Comic Relief Day

Following a busy morning in Framlingham, Dr Dan was delighted to visit Dennington Primary School where the pupils were enjoying a fun day of activity for Comic Relief, as well as enjoying a special Mother's Day Lunch.

After a meeting with the Head and Governors, Dr Dan enjoyed an inspired Question and Answer session with a group of Key Stage 2 pupils, all of whom had plenty of questions to put to their MP.  It was clear to see that the students had down their homework with a wide range of questions and Dr Dan was very happy to share his experiences of life as an MP, both in London and in Suffolk.

 


24 MAR 2017

Out and about in Framlingham

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Suffolk and Dr Dan was delighted to visit a number of shops and businesses in the thriving market town of Framlingham 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 Framlingham.

 

 

 


16 MAR 2017

Claydon High School interview Dr Dan live on BBC Radio Suffolk

As part of the annual BBC News School Report Day, a group of students from Claydon High School joined BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy to talk about mental health and what they are doing to tackle the issue in their own school.

Claydon High School has become only the second school in Suffolk to embark upon the Mental Health First Aid course, run in conjunction with the charity, Volunteering Matters.

Taking the opportunity to raise the issue with their local MP, the students interviewed Dr Dan live on air, asking his views about what more needs to be done to improve mental health services for all, especially young people.

When asked about whether or not Dr Dan would like to see all students in Suffolk undertake the mental health first aid training, Dr Dan replied that he would be very much in favour of seeing greater awareness of mental health being made compulsory in all schools.  

Listen to the full interview here  (Skip through to 39:40 to the start of the interview with Dr Dan)

 




10 MAR 2017

Dr Dan visits residents at Foxearth Nursing Home

Following a busy visit to Earl Soham Primary School, Dr Dan was pleased to meet the team and a number of residents at nearby Foxearth Nursing Home in Saxtead.

Dr Dan enjoyed a tour of the home and speaking with the team, before taking time out to meet the residents and even dabble in spot of home baking.

From there, Dr Dan had a number of meetings, including with Suffolk Chamber of Commerece where broadband and highways infrastructure were discussed, before finishing off the day with a busy advice bureau in the North of Ipswich.

 


10 MAR 2017

Dr Dan enjoys visit to Earl Soham Primary School

Dr Dan was delighted to start the day with a visit to Earl Soham Primary School, to hear about progress at the school and to meet the team.

Following a meeting with the Head, Dr Dan then enjoyed a tour of the school before taking time to answer a range of questions from the enthusiastic young pupils.  Dr Dan talked to the pupils about his role as an MP in Parliament and here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

 


01 MAR 2017

Dr Dan raises importance of mental health in prisons during Parliamentary debate

Dr Dan was delighted to have the opportunity to intervene in a Parliamentary debate on the importance of improving mental health and suicide prevention strategies in prisons.

Amongst other issues, Dr Dan raised the point that suicide in prisons should be taken no less seriously than a suicide which takes place in say, a hospital.  Dr Dan also highlighted the poor level of interaction between the wider mental health system and what goes on in prison, alongside the need to ensure continuity of provision when people return to the community upon discharge from prison.

Read more here


24 FEB 2017

Dr Dan speaks to Victoria Derbyshire on historic Copeland by-election result

At the start of a busy day in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan was pleased to speak with the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show on the historic win for the Conservative Party at the Copeland by-election.

Dr Dan joined the show from BBC Radio Suffolk's studio in Ipswich - watch here

(Scroll through to 17:50 into the show to see Dr Dan)

 

 

 


24 FEB 2017

Dr Dan meets with Sixth Form Students at Hartismere High School

Dr Dan was pleased to meet with staff and students at Hartismere High School to learn about progress and developments at the school.  Following an initial meeting with the Head, Dr Dan was then pleased to host a Question and Answer session with the school's sixth form students.

During the busy Q&A session, Dr Dan was exceptionally impressed with the preparation and forethought which had gone into the students' wide ranging questions. During the session, Dr Dan talked about his role as an MP in Parliament and here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, as well as a range of current topical issues.

 


24 FEB 2017

Dr Dan visits Ormiston Endeavour Academy

Dr Dan was delighted to start the day with a visit to Ormison Endeavour Academy in Ipswich.  The visit was the perfect opportunity for Dr Dan to witness first hand the hard work and dedication of staff and students in bringing in a whole raft of improvements, which have led to the school achieving their recent "Good" rating from Ofsted.

Dr Dan was met by Ormiston Endeavour's Principal, Christine Woods, before enjoying a special tour of the school where he met with a number of students and staff.  The Academy's students were all to keen to demonstrate everything they had learned so far this academic year, but also to talk to Dr Dan about the major projects they are currently working on.

Following the tour, Dr Dan very much enjoyed hosting a Question and Answer session with the students and was very impressed with the amount of preparation and thought which had gone into the students' wide ranging questions.  During the session, Dr Dan talked about his role as an MP in Parliament and here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

 


03 FEB 2017

Dr Dan visits Baylham Care Home

Rounding off a very busy day in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan was pleased to visit Baylham Care Home to hear of their continued successes and to meet some of the residents.

Following a tour of the Home and watching some residents' games, Dr Dan then had a private meeting with the owners of the care home to discuss their ongoing concerns around funding across the care sector.  Dr Dan was pleased to update them on his recent cross-party meeting with the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, where calls were made for greater and more sustainable funding across the entire health and social care sector.

Finally Dr Dan was pleased to finish the day with another busy Advice Bureau in Bramford, where he enjoyed meeting a number of residents and to offer his assistance in resolving some of their concerns.


03 FEB 2017

Dr Dan meets with Suffolk County Council Education Chiefs

Following a busy Q&A session with Kesgrave High School sixth form students, Dr Dan was then pleased to meet with the senior leadership team at the school to hear of their continuing success, but also to address their concerns.

Dr Dan then attended a meeting at Suffolk County Council's headquarters in Endeavour House to discuss educational attainment and funding issues at schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

Dr Dan was pleased to learn that schools across his constituency are performing very well he was also able to feed back on issues from central Government, including a Westminster Hall debate he had spoken in during the previous week on funding for early years education provision.


03 FEB 2017

Dr Dan Poulter visits Felgains in Ipswich

Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to visit Felgain's in Ipswich on Friday morning to learn more about their new range of specialist products developed for the care sector.

As well as supplying mobility products to members of the public, Felgain's have also expanded and grown into providing specialist products for the care sector, including for therapists, hospitals and care homes.

During his visit, Dr Dan was very impressed with one of their many new products - the Raizer Emergency Lifting Chair, which is an innovative product which can be invaluable in helping to lift vulnerable people following a fall.  The equipment was demonstrated to Dr Dan during his visit, as the photograph shows.


03 FEB 2017

Dr Dan Poulter meets with Kesgrave High School students

Dr Dan was delighted to meet with a group of sixth form students from Kesgrave High School, who were all too keen to put their questions to Dr Dan.

The session was very well attended with a wide range of well prepared questions on topics from health to education, and from Brexit to President Trump.

Prior to meeting the students, Dr Dan met with the senior leadership team from the school and was very impressed with the new cafe facilities and the progress and direction of the school.




27 JAN 2017

Dr Dan calls on Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG to better prioritise mental health services

Dr Dan has called upon Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) to better prioritise mental health services, stating that it is time for the CCH to expand early interention in psychosis services for patients in Suffolk.

Read more here

 

 


24 JAN 2017

Dr Dan appears on BBC 2 in response to High Court judgement on Brexit

Dr Dan this morning appeared on BBC 2's Victoria Deryshire show as part of a Panel discussing the High Court's judgement today on Brexit.

Watch the programme here and skip through to 01:39:00 to watch the debate.


18 JAN 2017

Dr Dan calls for meeting to take forward highways and road safety improvements on A140

Dr Dan met with Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor James Finch, who has agreed to a meeting looking at urgent improvements on the A140.

Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.

Dr Dan has been contacted by a number of businesses reporting their ongoing concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,

Dr Dan has called for this meeting, with the backing of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, to highlight the concerns of these businesses, as well as to address concerns from local residents around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.

Meeting with County Councillor James Finch on Friday morning, Dr Dan said "I am delighted that Cllr Finch has agreed to this meeting; with further development expected in the area, the time has come for improvements at this very busy junction. I would like to see contributions coming from developers, linked to new housing or to industrial development and I am asking Suffolk County Council to ensure that this this vital Highways improvement is escalated as a priority project."

Stephen Britt, Chair of Suffolk Chamber's Transport & Infrastructure Board: "It's good to see Suffolk County Council is willing to enter into early discussions to find solutions to the growing problems surrounding the A140. This road is a key element in Suffolk's infrastructure and is neither fit for the purposes of businesses now leave alone in the future. We are especially pleased that Dr. Dan Poulter has so vigorously taken up the matter with key decision-makers."


17 JAN 2017

Dr Dan secures Minister's backing for honest food labelling

Dr Dan has secured backing from the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom, MP that honest food labelling for British farming and agriculture is one of the key opportunities to come out of Brexit.

Dr Dan highlighted that one of the current difficulties faced by the agricultural sector is the issue of honest food labelling which currently operates under the constraints of EU legislation. Under this legislation, food which is not necessarily grown or produced in this country can still be labelled as British produce. For example, food which is farmed or produced overseas may simply be sliced or packaged here yet it can still carry the British food label.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Dr Dan specifically asked the Secretary of State if she agreed that there is a real opportunity on leaving the European Union for us to see honest food labelling, meaning that consumers can genuinely know that food is grown, farmed and produced here in Britain and therefore choose British produce with confidence.

The Secretary of State responded by saying that although improvements have already been made through voluntary and compulsory schemes for labelling, she also agreed with Dr Dan and shared his concerns before confirming that this issue will continue to be considered as we leave the European Union and EU legislation.

Speaking on the announcement, Dr Dan said "This announcement by the Secretary of State is welcome news indeed for British farmers, not least of all those in Central Suffolk who I met with only recently to discuss concerns such as these. I have long been a champion and advocate of honest food labelling and am delighted that I was able to raise this important issue in the House."

"Clearly there are a number of other issues regarding food labelling and traceability to negotiate going forwards, but this is most certainly a very positive step in the right direction and one which I hope will reassure farmers in Central Suffolk that I will certainly do my best to represent their views as we continue on the path to negotiating our future outside of the European Union and most importantly, to ensure that Suffolk's farmers are well placed continue operating in our already world-leading food and farming industry."


15 JAN 2017

Dr Dan tells the Sun newspaper that the NHS desperately needs additional funding

Dr Dan talks to the Sun newspaper regarding the current funding crisis within the NHS and social care.

Read the article here

 


15 JAN 2017

Dr Dan Poulter takes part in BBC Politics East

Dr Dan was delighted to take part in BBC Politics East programme presented by Stewart White and joined by Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge.

Watch the show here (click through to approx 37:40 into the show to watch the interview)

 


13 JAN 2017

Dr Dan meets Suffolk Farmers and Suffolk Highways Hub

On Friday 13 January, Dr Dan started off a packed day of visits and appointments by meeting with a group of Suffolk farmers to talk about all manner of topics relating to farming and agriculture and how things may progress as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.  At the meeting Dr Dan heard some very positive feedback, along with some concerns and he has since been pleased to raise some of these concerns in Parliament.

During that meeting, Suffolk was blanketed in a very picturesque covering of crisp white snow, so it seemed somewhat apposite that Dr Dan's next visit was to the Suffolk Highways Hub and gritting depot.  Aside from the challenge of the falling snow, the Suffolk Highways team were on full alert given the imminent risk of high tides along the Suffolk coast and Dr Dan was very impressed with the professionalism and emergency planning exercises demonstrated by the team.  Dr Dan paid credit to the team of experts who work tirelessly around the clock to keep Suffolk's roads clear and safe in challenging weather conditions.

From there, Dr Dan travelled to the BBC's studio in preparation for BBC Politics East, before rounding off the day with another busy Advice Bureau in Kesgave.

 

 


11 JAN 2017

Dr Dan takes part in BBC Newsnight

Dr Dan took part in the BBC's Newsnight programme to talk about funding in the NHS and social care.

Watch the programme here (scroll through to 21:30 to start watching Dr Dan)

 

 


11 JAN 2017

Dr Dan talks to Channel 4 News regarding health and social care

Dr Dan spoke with Channel 4 News regarding current funding concerns in health and social care.

Watch the interview here


10 JAN 2017

Dr Dan highlights the importance of global health in training medical professionals

With the return of the Parliament this week, things got off to a busy start for Dr Dan and following a meeting of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Dr Dan was delighted to attend an evening event in the House of Lords as part of his work Chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health. The APPG is a special interest group for Parliamentarians with a special interest in improving health across the world.

The event brought together around 30 key players from the health education and global health fields to discuss the importance of global health principles in the education of our own medical professionals and healthcare sector. A great deal of work has recently been carried out by the Global Health Curriculum Group talking to doctors about their experiences treating patients in the UK and how key global health skills can equip our new generation of doctors.

Global health is something which has an impact on each and every one of us, but when we talk about global health it's an obvious question to ask what exactly that means for us here in the UK. Larger urban towns and cities perhaps understand the issue of global health, primarily as they often comprise more diverse cultural communities, but in rural counties it can be slightly less clear why we should be concerned with global health.

But why does this matter to us in Ipswich and Suffolk? We are lucky to have our NHS and access to free and comprehensive healthcare when a need arises. But with ever increasing challenges in our NHS, we benefit from a global and multicultural staff, who bring with them a wealth of expertise and skills which are essential in looking after our patients.

Global public health is the science of understanding our health in a broader context, for example, in urban towns where medical professionals are perhaps working with a number of patients who need to be more physically active in order to improve their health, it may be helpful for healthcare professionals to work more collaboratively with local authority transport strategies to consider sustainable travel such as walking and cycling. In essence, it's about thinking outside the "four walls" of our hospitals and GPs surgeries and considering the patient's needs and environment as part of improving their overall health and wellbeing.

Having our own doctors and healthcare professionals trained more proficiently in global health practices delivers better outcomes for us all and Dr Dan looks forward to seeing things evolve as part of his work as Chair of the APPG on Global Health.

Back in October, Dr Dan addressed a reception in London where the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) launched their latest report. Work to share best practice, skills and expertise is ongoing with a team from Ipswich Hospital and Central Hospital, Beira in Mozambique as one of 157 partnerships funded by the UK's Department of International Development and managed by THET. Partnerships such as these connect skilled healthcare professionals in hospitals here in the UK with their overseas counterparts, leading to improved health services for those overseas and here in the UK.

Ultimately strengthening links and improving standards in global health will bring greater benefits to us all and will impact positively for decades to come.

 


29 DEC 2016

Dr Dan looks to kickstart a healthy New Year

With all the planning, shopping and cooking and the huge anticipation leading up to Christmas, Dr Dan points out that it's no wonder that many of us succumb to the post-Christmas "blues" as things seem to settle back down into normal day to day life.

For Dr Dan, spending much more time at home in Suffolk is the perfect antidote to the post Christmas period. With Parliament still enjoying Christmas recess, Dr Dan certainly makes the most of his time here in Suffolk without the pressures of the daily routine. Most of us have eaten and drunk more than usual as we relaxed and enjoyed catching up with friends and family over Christmas. Indeed only yesterday new figures were announced confirming that a staggering 8 in every 10 adults aged between 40 and 60 in England are overweight, drink too much alcohol or get too little exercise.

So what better time to get motivated and kick start a healthier New Year than by getting out in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and enjoying all that is on offer right here on our doorsteps.

At this time of year, with magazine and television advertisements encouraging us to make commitments which many will struggle to maintain, it's all too easy to be lured into costly gym memberships and expensive holidays or leisure activities but walking is something which we can all enjoy with minimum or no cost involved, no specialist equipment required and the opportunity to meet new and likeminded people. Walking isn't competitive, yet it brings with it a raft of recognised health benefits, not to mention being affordable and accessible to all.

Simple things can quickly add up – taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking instead of hopping in the car for short journeys. Dr Dan is lucky that he has two dogs to exercise and they don't let him forget that he needs to get outdoors into the fresh air every day but for many, it's easy to become complacent and to not make the effort. Walking to fulfil the recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise every week can make a huge difference – it's estimated that it could save up to 37,000 lives every year and could also lead to almost 300,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes.

Aside from the physical benefits, walking brings with it a whole range of other benefits. We feel more connected to our natural environment – for families with young children perhaps a competition for them to spot wildlife tracks or collect 10 different types of leaves might turn what they deem to be a dull activity in something far more engaging. When experiencing times of stress or anxiety, walking can help us to clear our heads and regain some order in our busy lives. It's the perfect tonic for a busy and hectic lifestyle, helping to fight depression and reduce anxiety and boosting our mood and psychological wellbeing.

Over the festive period, the annual Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks, a series of free guided local walks offers something for everyone. This year the Festival runs from 17 December to 08 January and further information on the walks can be found at https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

There are individual walks, group led walks and health walks, aimed at those with specific health needs. Aside from the health benefits of walking, there's also the social factor and many of the walks will include a visit to a local café.

Suffolk lends itself perfectly to walking, with plenty of easy terrain, but also more challenging routes for those who are more able. For year round information on walking, there is a huge range of information at www.discoversuffolk.org.uk


22 DEC 2016

Dr Dan pays tribute to those working over the festive season

Christmas at home in Suffolk is almost within reach now and Dr Dan is very much looking forward to winding down and enjoying the Christmas break. These last few days in the run up to Christmas can be a hectic time with last minute shopping, present wrapping and preparing the house for the big day itself, so the opportunity to relax and have some time out is especially important. The children will now have finished school and excitement levels are nearing fever pitch, but with all the rushing around and endless tasks, it's important to remember to make sure to stock up on any essentials, such as simple cough and cold remedies. Although shops and services are closed for the briefest of periods now, it's easy to get caught out and a precautionary trip to the pharmacy now will help to ease pressure on out of hours GP services or hospitals, although I hope neither will be necessary.

These recent weeks have been packed with meetings, visits to schools, businesses and Christmas fetes and although Dr Dan is looking forward to his Christmas break, his thoughts turn to those in our NHS and emergency services here in Suffolk. The Christmas period is one of their busiest times of year with staff working around the clock to ensure help is at hand when needed. While most of us will be sitting down to Christmas lunch with our families and loved ones, please take a moment to think of those who will be working in our hospitals and frontline services on Christmas Day. Although Dr Dan is lucky to have some time at home this Christmas, it's not so long ago when he remembers working over the Christmas and New Year period as an NHS hospital doctor, and so he is all too aware of the sacrifices made by those in the health sector.

Of course it's not just those working in hospitals who work on Christmas Day, the list is endless but so many work right across the festive season to ensure that services continue day and night – carers visiting the elderly and vulnerable in our communities, ambulance staff and paramedics, firefighters and police officers, to name but a few. Then there is the army of hard working public sector staff, working behind the scenes, to keep everything running smoothly.

Collectively they ensure that our communities are safe and functioning over the festive period, while we all enjoy ourselves with friends and family. This Christmas, please spare a thought for all those working tirelessly on our behalves, often in challenging circumstances, yet remaining committed to delivering services compassionately and professionally, despite knowing their families and loved ones are waiting at home to enjoy Christmas with them after a lengthy shift.

Dr Dan would like to pay special tribute to all of our dedicated and hardworking workforce here in Suffolk, and thanks them for all they do at Christmas, and all year round.


15 DEC 2016

Dr Dan stocks up on Suffolk produce for Christmas

One of Dr Dan's favourite parts of the week is returning home to Suffolk after a demanding schedule in Westminster and it never ceases to amaze Dr Dan the sheer number of events and opportunities there are being hosted throughout the year, but especially so over the Christmas period. The dedication and commitment of those serving Suffolk's communities and willing volunteers is to be absolutely commended.

Over recent weeks Dr Dan has enjoyed visiting a whole raft of Christmas events, from the Broomhill Christmas Fayre which attracted over 300 visitors to a number of smaller fayres and markets across Central Suffolk.  Dr Dan especially welcomes the opportunity to meet so many of the people supporting these events, not to mention the vast array of crafts and local produce on offer. With everything from locally produced cheeses, meats, jams and chutneys, or soft drinks and craft beers and fine English wines, there is sure to be something for everyone.

When visiting the fayres and markets Dr Dan enjoys taking time to browse the many individual stalls and always make an effort to buy locally. We have such a fantastic range of small and independent retailers, not to mention farm shops and local producers and it's very important that we do our best to support them in our rural communities. Time for Christmas shopping is always difficult for Dr Dan, spending time in Parliament midweek and then often working over the weekend, so Dr Dan tries to take the opportunity to stock up on some gifts and presents for friends and families when visiting the local markets and fayres this year. The gifts and produce are so beautifully and professionally packaged that it means half of the Christmas wrapping is already taken care of.

Dr Dan is looking forward to Christmas at home in Suffolk, spending time with friends and family and making time to relax and enjoy a break away from everyday business. Spending time together away from the daily pressures of work is so important for us all, but we should also remember those who may be spending Christmas without their loved ones, perhaps an elderly neighbour or those who are remembering family who are no longer here at Christmas. There are also those who will be homeless this Christmas. Many churches and community organisations have boxes set aside to collect donations of food for those less fortunate than ourselves and in particular, the homeless, so perhaps help to spread some Christmas cheer to others and donate even a small contribution. A little goes a long way in making someone feel that they're not alone.

As part of his regular visits, Dr Dan also enjoyed visiting a number of schools and although he wasn't present for any of the nativity plays, Dr Dan was certainly very impressed with the sheer hard work and professionalism shown by staff and volunteers in preparing the children for their big moment, stage building, costume preparation and rehearsals. It's a mammoth task and one which is often the highlight of the festive season for proud parents and grandparents. Although the children are no doubt excitedly looking forward to Christmas itself, the pinnacle for many will be those first infant school performances with festive favourite Carols being sung and a last chance to catch up with other parents before school breaks for Christmas.

 


14 DEC 2016

Dr Dan welcomes announcement on fairer funding for schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Dr Dan  welcomes the announcement made today by Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening on the launch of the Government's stage 2 consultation of fair funding for schools and in particular, her announcement that the fair funding formula will protect small rural schools.

The National Fair Funding formula will be the mechanism to ensure that funding is delivered fairly to schools, regardless of their location and in particular committing to delivering funding quickly to those schools in areas which have had, up to now, unfair levels of funding.

Dr Dan has campaigned regularly to bring forth fairer funding for schools, especially those smaller schools who are struggling to make ends meet in the most rural of our communities. Dr Dan regularly meets with schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and funding is, without exception, always high on the agenda.

Suffolk is a predominantly rural county and it is already known that the cost per pupil funding is significantly lower than other areas in the country.

Having campaigned regularly Dr Dan welcomes today's announcement and is pleased that the Government is delivering on its commitment to a new national fair funding formula for schools. Following the 14 week consultation period, Dr Dan looks forward to seeing greater funding being made available to schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, where the standards of teaching are excellent but so much more can be achieved with greater funding from Government. In particular Dr Dan will be looking to see those schools who have been historically underfunded seeing funding gains coming through very soon.

Dr Dan will continue to do his best for schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and to argue the case for improved funding on their behalf.

 


13 DEC 2016

Dr Dan attends PACA Committee

Dr Dan was recently appointed to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.  In this latest session, hear Dr Dan question the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Watch more here


09 DEC 2016

Dr Dan meets with pupils from Laxfield Primary School

Dr Dan was delighted to meet with the Year 3 and 4 pupils from Laxfield Primary School where he learned how the children had been studying how laws are made in Parliament.  The pupils had been carefully researching Private Members Bills and were all too keen to put their questions to Dr Dan.

After discussing the pros and cons of each Bill, the pupils then took the opportunity to question Dr Dan on his life as a Member of Parlliament.

From there, Dr Dan had a number of meetings discussing concerns around broadband, agriculture, environment and waste, before rounding off the day with a busy Advice Bureau in Rushmere village.


09 DEC 2016

Dr Dan meets with local business in call for Highways and road safety improvements on A140

 Dr Dan Poulter today met with a number of local businesses calling for urgent improvements on the A140.

Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.

Many businesses are reporting concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,

Dr Poulter has been approached by a number of these businesses and shares their concerns, particularly in light of the projected growth in nearby housing in nearby Eye and Diss, but also given the strong track record of businesses flourishing and experiencing growth in the area. Coupled with the proposed new gas power station operating from Eye Airfield, Dr Poulter is now calling for urgent action to be taken in addressing this situation.

Aside from access to and from the Industrial Park being difficult, there are also a number of concerns around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.

Dr Dan is delighted that businesses here seem to be flourishing and growing, all providing welcome employment opportunities for those living nearby, but he fully empathises with the frustration caused by such poor access to and from their business premises. For businesses operating in the road haulage or supply chain sector, scheduling is absolutely critical and delays such as those experienced at this junction are simply unhelpful at best and potentially detrimental to the flow of business.

With further development expected in the area, the time has come for improvements at this very busy junction.  Dr Dan would like to see contributions coming from developers, linked to new housing or to industrial development and he is asking Suffolk County Council to ensure that this this vital Highways improvement is escalated as a priority project.

As a Member of Parliament, Dr Dan is often approached by constituents with their individual concerns, but it is also important to address the needs of businesses within the constituency and to help wherever possible.

Echoing Dr Dan's views, John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce commented "One of our key strategic campaigning themes is to ensure that Suffolk's road and rail network is fit for purpose and helps - not hinders - our economy's incredible potential.

"We very much welcome Dr Dan Poulter's continued involvement in pushing for improvements to the A140, a vital economic artery for our region, and look forward to working with him to persuade the County Council to make the much-needed improvements."

Businesses meeting with Dr Dan included Anchor Storage, Anglia Freight, Bartrum Road Services and Permastore.


08 DEC 2016

Dr Dan opens Broomhill Christmas Fete

Community spirit is certainly alive and kicking in Suffolk and Dr Dan has enjoyed meeting a great number of residents and local businesses at a variety of Christmas fetes and markets.  Dr Dan was particularly delighted to visit Broomhill and officially open their Christmas Fayre - the event attracted a bumper crowd, with over 300 visitors dropping by to stock up on Christmas treats and gifts.

The event was organised by the Broomhill Trust team and Dr Dan congratulated congratulate Gareth, Mark and the team for all their efforts in keeping the Broomhill community effort on track. The Broomhill Trust have been campaigning for some considerable time now to have the pool re-opened as a lido and community facility and Dr Dan remains impressed by their continued passion and enthusiasm in driving this project.  

The library at Broomhill was under threat of closure and Dr Dan is delighted that owing to the dedication and commitment of the Broomhill Trust, alongside his own interventions, the library has now become a thriving community hub and regularly welcomes visitors keen to make use of the library, but also to take part in a number of social groups. Dr Dan also remains hopeful that the same will become true for the Lido - as a strong advocate for the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, a community facility such as Broomhill Lido would be a fantastic asset to the area enabling future generations to come can enjoy the benefits of outdoor swimming in a safe, social and supervised environment.

Of course, the new facility at Broomhill Lido would offer so much more than the original site; it will be East Anglia's only 50m+ outdoor lido which will be heated and will also be suitable for a number of leisure pursuits such as diving, canoeing, water polo, sailing and triathlon. It would certainly be a fitting legacy to the Broomhill Trust to see the Lido being utilised as a leisure facility for young people from the area who may be inspired to try their hand at the many water sports which could be offered from the site.

Dr Dan is proud of the progress that has been made so far with the Library and the Lido at Broomhill and will always do his best to support these initiatives for the residents and communities which they serve.


27 NOV 2016

Dr Dan launches Christmas in Framlingham

Dr Dan was back in Framlingham on Sunday to officially start the Christmas celebrations by switching on the town's Christmas lights.  Dr Dan was honoured to have been asked and congratulated the organisers - Framlingham Business Association, Framlingham Town Council and Framlingham Churches Together, on their fantastic achievement in bringing Christmas to Framlingham with such a wonderful tree on the Market Hill.

From there, Dr Dan visited St Elizabeth Hospice's Light Up A Life service for a poignant and moving service for those wishing to remember a loved one in the run up to Christmas. 

 


26 NOV 2016

Dr Dan kick starts the Christmas Season here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Saturday saw Dr Dan marking the start of the Christmas season here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

On Saturday morning, Dr Dan was pleased to visit the Framlingham branch of St John's Christmas Coffee Morning, where he met with a number of visitors before taking the opportunity to visit the many stands offering Christmas food and gifts.

From there Dr Dan travelled to Ipswich where he met with Gareth, Mark and the team over at Broomhill Library to open their Christmas Fete.  With over 300 visitors, the event was a great success.

 


25 NOV 2016

Meet your MP in Bredfield

Following a busy day of constituency meetings and a packed Advice Bureau in Debenham, Dr Dan was delighted to attend Bredfield Village Hall on Friday evening where he met with a number of residents as part of his regular "Meet your MP" events.

There was a strong turnout in Bredfield and Dr Dan enjoyed meeting constituents to talk about a number of local and national matters.

 


24 NOV 2016

Dr Dan urges people to rethink road safety

This week marks national Road Safety Week, an initiaitive run by road safety charity, Brake. Last year,  Dr Dan was  delighted to be named Parliamentarian of the Month by Brake, in recognition of the campaign work he led in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency.  This winter Dr Dan would like people to turn their thoughts to what they can do to help make our towns, villages and rural roads a safer place for us all to be.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a predominantly rural constituency and it's easy to forget that we share our roads with other road users, such as walkers, cyclists and horseriders. Indeed in many of the smaller villages in Central Suffolk, many families walk to school in the mornings – some with pushchairs and perhaps also the family dog. It can be terrifying for them, not to mention life-endangering, to be faced with vehicles hurtling around the corner at breakneck speeds and swerving hurriedly out of their path. The faster a vehicle is travelling, the less time the driver has to react to an unexpected situation and the noise and speed of approaching vehicles can all too easily cause alarm and distress to any pedestrians and animals using the road. Sadly, the consequences can be fatal.

This year's Road Safety week focuses on a number of key themes, all of which are aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads and making our communities a safer place to be. The campaign aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and Dr Dan is pleased to see that the number of community speed camera initiatives and Vehicle Activated Speed signs are increasing in number and making considerable inroads to reducing speeding; these simple yet effective measures play a significant part in slowing drivers down through our rural villages.

Breaking the speed limits or driving too fast for the weather conditions is recorded by police attending crash scenes as a contributory factor in more than 27% of fatal crashes across the country. By slowing down and giving yourself more time to think, particularly during these longer darker days of winter when the roads can be covered in mud, wet leaves or ice, you can help play your part in reducing the number of accidents.

As we approach Christmas, many of us will be looking forward to attending office Christmas parties or meeting up with friends to celebrate the start of the festive season. Following the advice of BRAKE, just one alcoholic drink can impair our judgement when driving. Living in more rural areas, this can make it more challenging or costly to get home after a night out, but why not consider sharing the cost of a taxi with other friends, or nominate a designated driver for the evening. Of course, it's not just the evening itself where thankfully, most are sensible enough not to think about driving. It is the morning after, when alcohol can still lay dormant and take us over the legal limit to drive.

Not quite so much in our rural communities, but mainly in our towns and urban centres, air pollution is a growing problem, with an estimated 29,000 deaths every year being attributed to particular matter pollution in the UK, some 5000 of which are directly linked to road transport. By choosing to minimise our driving and either walking, cycling, car sharing or taking public transport, we can all contribute to making our communities a safer place to live and work at the same time as doing the very best we can for our own individual health and reducing our environmental footprint.

By making simple changes to our driving attitudes and behaviours, we can all play our part in making our villages, towns and rural roads in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich a safer place to be for all. Every action we take can change the outcome of not only our own journey, but perhaps the future of another family.

 


23 NOV 2016

Dr Dan welcomes students from Worlingworth CEVC Primary School to Westminster

Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from Worlingworth Primary School to Westminster on Wednesay 23 November. The staff and pupils made the trip from Suffolk to London on one of Parliament's busiest days – not only did they arrive while Prime Minister's Question Time was in motion, but there was certainly an added buzz around the Houses of Parliament ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

The group of students enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament where they learned about the fascinating history and heritage of the buildings themselves, but also about the role of our democracy. Dr Dan has visited the school on a number of occasions, but he was delighted to meet the students after their tour for a question and answer session.

The students very much enjoyed their tour of Parliament and asked Dr Dan a number of questions on both local and national topics, including somewhat topically, what he can do as an MP to help bring better broadband to Suffolk as many commented that this would help them with their homework. No sooner had the question been asked than the Chancellor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, announced £1billion further investment into digital infrastructure, which Dr Dan hopes will go some way to helping with the further rollout of better broadband in Suffolk. The students were also keen to know what Dr Dan's job as an MP entails and how this compares to his role as an NHS doctor.

Dr Dan said that he was delighted to welcome the pupils from Worlingworth CEVC Primary School to Westminster; a visit to Parliament is always an exciting experience and it helps to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and as an MP in Parliament. It is fascinating for the pupils to learn more about our democracy and to see for themselves where our laws are made.

Ahead of UK Parliament Week last week, Dr Dan met with a number of school councils and considers it a very important piece of his work to meet regularly with students from schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to talk to them about the role of Parliament and how MPs can help with local matters.

Dr Dan very much enjoyed meeting the pupils today and thanked them for their wide range of well-informed questions.

 


16 NOV 2016

Dr Dan joins call for greater funding into health and social care

On Wednesday 16 November, Dr Dan was pleased to participate in the day's Government business during an Opposition Day Debate on health and social care.

Full details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/gn4sepd


14 NOV 2016

Dr Dan marks UK Parliament Week in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Ahead of UK Parliament week which runs from Monday 14 to Friday 20 November, Dr Dan visited a number of primary schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and was delighted to meet pupils representing their individual school councils.

What really impressed Dr Dan was the enthusiasm and dedication with which the children take their role on the school council. This demonstrates the level of interest and engagement our young people feel with our democracy and while many may feel that people are becoming disengaged with politics, the opposite certainly seems to be ringing true in our younger generations here in Suffolk.

School councils are an excellent way for children to learn about democracy at a very early age and it gives them a voice within their school community. They are made up of a group of students who are elected to represent their fellow students' views. The election process to become a class representative can be hotly contested and Dr Dan very much enjoyed hearing tales of the election tactics and voting process from a number of the children. It was clear to Dr Dan that the pupils take great pride in their role and see it as a way to make changes for the better within their own school community.

School councils are a great platform for students to gain further confidence in public speaking, putting forward the views of their fellow students and making the case for their suggestions; these could be anything from fundraising for new playground equipment, suggesting a change to the school uniform or even initiatives to look out for each other and prevent bullying.

One of the key factors in a successful school council is undoubtedly communication. This can be communication between students to make sure that their ideas are heard, but also communication between staff and Governors, all of whom are working closely together to enhance the school environment.

The role of school councillor helps to further develop essential life skills such working together as a team, communication skills, learning to listen to and respect each other and then to reach a compromise when all sides of the conversation have been put forward. These are all valuable skills which will be needed as children progress through their education and then ultimately into their chosen careers.

UK Parliament Week is an annual festival which has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Outreach and Engagement service, and it has become a platform for schools to become more involved with Parliament from across the UK, exploring what Parliament and democracy means and encouraging them to become more involved. With over 250 events and activities taking place across the country, from workshops and discussions, to film screenings and historical archives and, UK Parliament Week is a fantastic opportunity to find out how you can better make your voice heard and learn more about the workings of Parliament.

 


13 NOV 2016

Dr Dan lays wreath as part of Remembrance Parade in Eye

Dr Dan was honoured to support the Remembrance Service and Parade this year at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Eye, where he first of all laid a wreath at the town's War Memorial with other local dignitaries before returning to the Church where Dr Dan was pleased to deliver the reading during the poignant Remembrance Service.


08 NOV 2016

Dr Dan asks about vital infrastructure in Suffolk ahead of Sizewell C development

On Tuesday 08 November, Dr Dan was pleased to participate in the day's Government business when he put a question to the Rt. Hon. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Dr Dan commented that while many people in Suffolk welcome plans for a Sizewell C power station, there still needs to be due consideration given to the road and rail infrastructure,

Full details can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/h6qm8eu


04 NOV 2016

Dr Dan visits Stonham Aspal School and Businesses in Debenham

Dr Dan was delighted to start off a busy day in the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency with a visit to Stonham Aspal Primary School. Dr Dan enjoyed a brief tour of the school, before meeting with members of the School Council where they enjoyed a lively Question and Answer session with Dr Dan.

Next it was off to Debenham where Dr Dan enjoyed a tour of the many thriving shops and businesses in the town centre. Dr Dan enjoyed meeting business owners and residents on his visit around Debenham.  Dr Dan was especially pleased to visit the new library facility, located within Sir Robert Hitcham CEVC Primary School.

Finally Dr Dan ended the day with another busy Constituent's Advice Bureau, this time in Stradbroke.

 


01 NOV 2016

Dr Dan meets with visitors from Sierra Leone Parliamentary Committee

Dr Dan was invited by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to join a delegation of visitors from Sierra Leone to talk about our legislative processes here in UK Parliament. The visiting delegates were members of the Committee on Health and Sanitation from the Parliament of Sierra Leone.

Dr Dan was delighted to talk to the group about the important role of gathering evidence in Public Bill Committees and how, as a previous Minister, he guided the Care Bill through the various stages of Parliamentary scrutiny. As a Minister, a key part of taking legislation through Parliament is to manage questioning and feedback on the merits of a Bill, from members on all sides of the political arena.

It is often thought that legislation only gets talked about in the House of Commons Chamber, when in fact it receives a significant amount of scrutiny and input before it reaches that stage. Before any Bill comes forward, there are many discussions within Government around how the different parts of the skeleton, so to speak, will fit together. For example, how they are funded and any potential legislation will impact upon or relate to other areas of the Government machine. At these early stages of the proceedings, interested parties or organisations can feed into the process to put across any concerns or positive feedback they may have about the proposed changes. This can either take the form of written evidence or oral evidence, which the Public Bill Committee will then consider.

One of the most important parts of this process is when the Bill is discussed literally line by line, or "Clause by Clause". The Minister responsible for steering through the Bill will take each Clause through individually and if there is disagreement over any element, a vote may be taken to reach agreement.

The visitors from Sierra Leone confirmed that they found the meeting fascinating and that there were certainly some practices which they hope to take back with them, particularly around bringing in independent experts to help scrutinise the decision making process, to ensure that legislation is well thought out and effective in the long run.

 


27 OCT 2016

Dr Dan responds to General Medical Council report on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Dr Dan spoke on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme this morning, in response to the General Medical Council's Annual report, citing its concerns around low morale in doctors.

Listen to Dr Dan here and click through to 01:09 (1 hour, 9 mins into the show) in the podcast to hear the interview.


24 OCT 2016

Dr Dan meets Suffolk Polio Survivor and calls for One Last Push to eradicate Polio globally

On Friday 21st October, Dr Dan was honoured to meet with local constituent and polio survivor, Giles Long, who was chosen as the face of a new national campaign launched today, to coincide with World Polio Day.  Dr Dan was heartened to see first-hand the courage and determination shown by Giles in overcoming the many challenges of living with polio.

Dr Dan was proud to sign up as a Polo Champion and coupled with his work as Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, Dr Dan remains hopeful that polio will soon be eradicated globally.  In particular, Dr Dan would like to see One Last Push to back the efforts of the millions of volunteers and health workers around the world who are working in extremely challenging conditions to end the disease.

This new video aims to raise awareness of the opportunity to make polio only the second human disease in history that we have ever managed to eradicate.  Watch the video here and find out more here

 

 

 


21 OCT 2016

Dr Dan takes the hot seat during a visit to St Edmunds Primary School, Hoxne

Dr Dan was delighted to visit staff and pupils at Hoxne's St Edmund's Primary School on Friday morning. He enjoyed a tour of the school, expertly provided by the Head Boy and Head Girl, before meeting with the School Council for a thought provoking and lively Q&A session. Dr Dan was very impressed with the amount of thought which had gone into the students' many questions.

From there, Dr Dan enjoyed a number of visits within the Constituency before ending with another busy Advice Bureau in Eye.


20 OCT 2016

Dr Dan addresses Tropical Health and Education Trust Reception to launch new global health report

On Thursday 20 October, Dr Dan was delighted to address a reception to launch the Tropical Health and Education Trust's (THET) latest policy report, In Our Mutual Interest. The report pulls together the learning acquired by THET over many years working in international health partnerships. By examining the opportunities and challenges associated with health partnerships, the report highlights the significant benefits that can be derived by both the UK and its partners and governments overseas, all in the best interests of those living in some of the world's poorest countries.

In addressing the reception, Dr Dan talked of the many challenges facing global health today and also about the contribution which our own NHS makes to global health.

More locally, Staff from Ipswich Hospital have already hosted a visit from Central Hospital, Beira in Mozambique, as part of a pioneering health partnership. Ipswich – Beira is one of 157 partnerships under the "Health Partnerships Scheme" funded by the UK's Department of International Development and managed by THET.

Dr Dan is encouraged that health partnerships such as these connect skilled healthcare professionals in hospitals here in the UK, with their counterparts overseas where they can share their expertise and offer practical help in improving health services for those living in some of the poorest parts of the world.

 


14 OCT 2016

Dr Dan launches Blue Light Flashers Charity Calendar

Following the Broadband Summit meeting, Dr Dan was delighted to visit a team of dedicated East Anglian Ambulance technicians from East Suffolk who has come together to create a "naked" fundraising calendar, in memory of their dear friend and colleague, Gary Smithen.  Gary sadly lost his fight against cancer earlier this year, whilst still in service, and colleagues wanted a way of remembering Gary whilst raising money for his chosen charities. 

Dr Dan was delighted to launch the Blue Light Flashers calendar, commenting that it was a fantastic way to pay tribute to Gary and recognising the fantastic job which Paramedics do each and every day saving lives and working tirelessly to care for those in need. 

Dr Dan wishes the team every success with their fundraising efforts.

 


14 OCT 2016

Dr Dan Chairs Broadband Summit Meeting

The need for reliable broadband connectivity is something which Dr Dan is steadfastly committed to seeing rolled out not only here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, but also across the entire county of Suffolk. For this reason, Dr Dan called a Broadband Summit meeting, to review progress to date but more importantly, to consider the challenges and timings for the remaining rollout.

On Friday 14 October, Dr Dan chaired the Broadband Summit, which was very kindly hosted by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and he was delighted to welcome the Minister with responsibility for Digital Services, the Rt. Hon. Matthew Hancock, who set out his vision for digital services here in Suffolk. The closed meeting brought together senior representatives from BT, Openreach, Suffolk County Council and key organisations representing their members' views, and was also attended by Dr Dan's fellow Suffolk MPs, Peter Aldous, Dr Therese Coffey, and Jo Churchill, all of whom brought to the meeting examples from within their own constituencies.

First and foremost, the meeting was quite rightly an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme and recognise that Suffolk truly is leading the field nationally in the rollout of better broadband provision. Dr Dan was delighted that on the day of the Summit meeting, Suffolk achieved another goal in being first in the country to sign a second contract for further rollout of broadband - welcome news indeed.

But for Dr Dan, the meeting was also an opportunity to reflect on what more needs to be done to bring reliable and efficient broadband connectivity to Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, as well as to the county of Suffolk. The Digital Services Bill is currently going through Parliament and part of this means that the Government has committed to delivering a minimum Universal Service Obligation of 10Mbps to every premise in the UK. For some, this remains a long way off, but Dr Dan is encouraged that this is set to be achieved by 2020 and he will continue to monitor progress very closely indeed.

An interesting point raised at the meeting was the potential for Government to consider a dedicated and improved Universal Service Obligation of 15Mbps for businesses and Dr Dan has committed to work closely with his fellow Parliamentary colleagues to fully look into this possibility. It is absolutely critical for business confidence and the economy that our local businesses have all the tools they need to compete in an ever increasing global market, so digital connectivity should certainly be a priority.

Dr Dan is particularly heartened by the commitment of colleagues at Suffolk County Council, BT and Openreach to look to publish clearer timetables for those currently waiting to benefit from better broadband. This is certainly welcome news for residents and businesses, especially so for those in rural communities who will be able to benefit from accessing online services, or for students looking to research their homework online.

Dr Dan is reassured that those attending the meeting are all as committed as he is to ensuring the successful rollout of better broadband across Suffolk and has already called for a further meeting next year to review progress and celebrate further success stories as more people can access service.


08 OCT 2016

Dr Dan visits the 2016 Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

Dr Dan thoroughly enjoyed a visit to this year's Great Framlingham Sausage Festival where he took time to meet the record number of entrants, all in hot pursuit of one the coveted titles for best sausage in their category.

Aside from sampling the many delicacies on offer, Dr Dan enjoyed visiting the many stalls around the town and met a number of residents and businesses, all of whom were enjoying a traditional family day out in Framlingham with free entertainment and the ever popular sausage trail, not to mention supporting the Festival's Charity partners – St Elizabeth Hospice.

Congratulations to all the worthy winners!

 


07 OCT 2016

Dr Dan enjoys a day of enterprise and education, before embarking on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

At the start of a busy day in the constituency, Dr Dan was delighted to visit Anglia Freight near Eye to celebrate the opening of their new cross dock facility. This innovative new facility enables the company to safely handle goods in all weather conditions, without fear of consignments or staff being affected by adverse weather. Since last visiting, Dr Dan was pleased to see the company expanding and going from strength to strength.

From there, it was on to Laxfield CEVC Primary School where Dr Dan enjoyed meeting pupils and staff, who were keen to tell him all about their project to create their own garden and greenhouse, where enthusiastic pupils have become keen gardeners, growing their own produce and showcasing it at the recent Aldeburgh Food Festival.

Dr Dan then joined staff and residents ahead of their Mad Hatters Tea Party at Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham, where he enjoyed touring the home and grounds, meeting the residents and learning of the multitude of activities on offer. Dr Dan was particularly impressed by the close attention paid by staff to making the residents feel at home, included and able to join in activities should they wish.

Finally, Dr Dan finished off the day with another busy Advice Bureau in Kesgrave where he took time to meet with constituents and try to help with their various concerns.

 


06 OCT 2016

Dr Dan welcomes Government pledge of Digital Skills Training

Speaking at Conservative Party Conference, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley, MP announced that the Government has pledged to ensure that free training for adults will be made available for those lacking basic digital skills, as part of the Digital Economy Bill currently before Parliament.

Dr Dan particularly welcomes this news here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich; in a recent article, Dr Dan specifically mentioned the importance of digital connectivity for those undertaking studies, either in school or in further education. But it is equally important to all of us in accessing employment opportunities, working from home or perhaps furthering our education online.

With the emphasis for more and more being online, being able to fully embrace modern technology and navigate the internet with confidence is essential and Dr Dan is delighted that the Secretary of State has confirmed that digital skills should be seen as equally important as basic literacy and numeracy.

Figures released by the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee found that up to 12.6 million adults across England lack the confidence and ability to perform basic online tasks such as sending an email, filling out an online application form or in some cases, simply browsing the internet. It is therefore to be welcomed that in tackling this issue, the Government will introduce a new statutory duty to provide free training for those adults who need support, where it is available.

Combined with the continued drive to deliver superfast broadband across all of Suffolk, this latest news will really help to ensure that Suffolk is able to compete and thrive in the business sector, but more than that it will ensure that rural counties such as ours are equipped to stay connected to the wider community, whether through social networks or carrying out online transactions.

This is also fantastic news for our children and young people and as they look to consider their future careers and employment aspirations; alongside basic core skills, having confidence in digital skills will help them to research homework tasks efficiently and reach their goals.

To succeed in the workplace, everyone needs at the very least to feel confident and equipped with even basic digital skills. Next week sees the Jobs Fair visiting Ipswich, on Friday 14th October, and for those living in North Ipswich and further afield this is the perfect showcase for employers to meet prospective employees, either for those seeking employment of for those looking to retrain. Companies from a broad range of sectors will be there but a common theme across them all will be the need to embrace digital skills, to some degree or another. That's why Dr Dan is delighted that this new announcement around digital skills training for those lacking in qualifications or capabilities will ensure that everyone can benefit from the digital economy and create a thriving economy here in Suffolk.


22 SEP 2016

Dr Dan Re-Elected as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

Dr Dan has been re-elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health at the Group's recent AGM. The APPG is an influential group which provides a parliamentary platform to identify and debate global health issues and concerns, not to mention raising the profile of global health issues within Parliament and with Governments in the UK and elsewhere.

The APPG on Global Health was formed by Lord Nigel Crisp to focus on the underlying, cross-cutting health issues which affect us all, no matter where in the world we live. The group offers recommendations and advice to Parliament on key policies impacting health in the UK and overseas, and aims to influence those Government policies which most affect population health from across all areas of Government activity. Together with leading academic institutions, The Lancet and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health link the interests, impact and knowledge of MPs and Members of the House of Lords with the expertise and experience of the wider global health community.

Upon being re-elected as co-Chair of the group, Dr Dan said "It is a great honour to have been re-elected as Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and would like to thank the Group for appointing me as their Co-Chair, alongside Lord Crisp. The APPG endeavours to raise awareness of the physical and mental health challenges that we face here in the UK and overseas. It is impossible to clearly differentiate the health challenges here in the UK from health issues abroad and it is therefore important to consider policies from across many sectors of Government which may also affect health policy, which can in turn lead to improving care for patients.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to draw upon my experience and knowledge as a practising NHS doctor and building upon this influential Group's achievements, as well as working to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients here in the UK and globally."

More information about the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health can be found at www.appg-globalhealth.org.uk

 


19 SEP 2016

Dr Dan calls for Broadband Summit Meeting for Suffolk

Dr Dan has called for a Broadband Summit meeting for Suffolk, being hosted by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.  The Summit will be a closed meeting for MPs and other key organisations.

Dr Dan remains absolutely committed to ensuring that superfast broadband is available to everyone who would like to access it across not only Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, but also across the entire county and it is Dr Dan's intention that this Summit meeting will deliver some clear and realistic timescales for further rollout.

Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/z9cqduv


19 SEP 2016

Dr Dan calls for cross party commission on future of the NHS and Social Care

Dr Dan has called for a cross party commission on the future of the NHS and Social Care.

As a practising NHS doctor, Dr Dan says that the NHS and social care systems are struggling to maintain high standards of patient care under current funding plans.

Read more here http://tinyurl.com/zb244zz


15 SEP 2016

Dr Dan celebrates community achievements at Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards 2016

On Thursday 15 September, Suffolk Coastal District Council hosted their annual Suffolk Coastal Business and Community Awards Ceremony, recognising the outstanding achievements of businesses, individuals and community groups across the Suffolk Coastal district.

Dr Dan congratulates all the winners from Thursday's Awards Ceremony; it is the efforts of these businesses and individuals that really do make all the difference to those living and working in rural communities such as ours in Central Suffolk.

Read more about the Awards here: http://scbca.co.uk/

 


14 SEP 2016

Dr Dan calls for urgent action to be taken in plight of horses at Paper Mill Lane

In trying to bring an end to the plight of some horses being kept in the vicinity of Paper Mill Lane, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has written to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA insisting that urgent action is now taken to intervene and protect these animals from further suffering.

Dr Poulter has raised concerns over the welfare of the animals on a number of occasions now and remains concerned at their continued poor condition. A number of constituents have contacted Dr Poulter in recent weeks and previously, towards the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 setting out their concerns that the horses are being kept in an inhumane and cruel conditions.

In photos sent to Dr Poulter, it would certainly appear that the animals are living in desperately poor conditions with insufficient access to food, shelter and water.

Dr Poulter said "Despite previous assurances that steps were being taken to ensure the welfare of the animals, it is clear that the situation has deteriorated further and in this unseasonally hot and uncomfortable weather, I am keen to ensure that the welfare of these animals is addressed immediately and that they are no longer subjected to this prolonged cruelty.

In writing to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA, Dr Poulter has asked that steps are taken immediately to improve the welfare of the animals, as well as seeking reassurance that adequate measures are in place to ensure that their future wellbeing is safeguarded.


13 SEP 2016

Dr Dan backs call for Government to consider legalising cannabis for medical purposes

Dr Dan has recently backed the call for cannabis to be made available via prescription for medical purposes.

Following a recent poll of MPs and further coverage on ITV News at Ten ahead of the launch of a new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, Dr Dan supports the use of cannabis for medical purposes and recognises the contribution that it can make for those living with chronic pain and long term degenerative conditions.

Many other European countries, not to mention a number of American stated, have already woken up to the fact to the medicinal uses of cannabis and Dr Dan would like to see the UK Government look more closely at the evidence and consider allowing the medicinal use of cannabis, via prescription, when it is in the best interests of patients.

Listen to Dr Dan on BBC Radio 4 Today's programme here: http://tinyurl.com/jpufjla

(Click through to 02:53 towards the end of the show to hear the interview.)

Watch coverage on ITV News at Ten here: http://tinyurl.com/h6rjucs


12 SEP 2016

Dr Dan raises plight of horses

In trying to bring an end to the plight of some horses being kept in the vicinity of Paper Mill Lane, Dr has written to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA insisting that urgent action is now taken to intervene and protect the animals from further suffering.

Dr Dan has raised concerns over the welfare of the animals on a number of occasions now and continues to have concerns at their poor condition. A number of constituents have contacted Dr Dan in recent weeks and previously, towards the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 setting out their concerns that the horses are being kept in an inhumane and cruel conditions.

Dr Dan said "Despite previous assurances that steps were being taken to ensure the welfare of the animals, it is clear that the situation has deteriorated further and in this unseasonally hot and uncomfortable weather, I am keen to ensure that the welfare of these animals is addressed immediately and that they are no longer subjected to this prolonged cruelty.

In writing to both Suffolk County Council and the RSPCA, Dr Dan has asked that steps are taken immediately to improve the welfare of the animals, as well as seeking reassurance that adequate measures are in place to ensure that their future wellbeing is safeguarded.


10 SEP 2016

Dr Dan discovers the Legends of Broomhill

As a long standing supporter of Broomhill Library and Swimming Pool, Dr Dan was delighted to visit Broomhill and to unveil a brand new interpretation board, alongside Suffolk County Councillor Inga Lockington, highlighting the many legends associated with the area.

Ipswich and in particular, Broomhill, has a long association with swimming and in its heyday in the 1960s, there was an Olympic size outdoor pool at Broomhill, enjoyed by many for generations. Since its demise, Dr Dan has championed the return of this fabulous community asset.

The Broomhill Trust has been campaigning for some considerable time now to have the pool re-opened as a lido and community facility. As a strong believer in the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, Dr Dan feels that a community facility such as this would be a welcome addition to the area ensuring that not only past generations, perhaps with fond memories of the pool, but also future generations to come can enjoy the benefits of outdoor swimming in a safe, social and supervised environment.

The new facility would not just be restricted to swimming; it will be East Anglia's only 50m+ outdoor lido which will be heated and will also be suitable for a number of leisure pursuits such as diving, canoeing, water polo, sailing and triathlon. With the recent success of Team GB's athletes in the Olympic Games, not to mention the ongoing successes of our Paralympians Dr Dan would like to see Broomhill being utilised as a leisure facility for young people from the area who may be inspired to try their hand at water sports as a direct result.

The site of the former pool is the original birthplace of Ipswich Town Football Club and a great number of legends associated with the Club, such as former managers Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson, are closely associated with the Broomhill area.

The new interpretation boards, funded by Broomhill Pool Trust and Broomhill Library Friends and Cllr. Inga Lockington, are installed at Broomhill Park, towards the top end of Westwood Avenue.

 


09 SEP 2016

Dr Dan meets NFU and Farmers to discuss farming post-Brexit

Dr Dan started off a busy day in the constituency with a visit to see a farm rearing ducks for the Gressingham Duck company. Dr Dan was intrigued to learn of the stringent processes in place and also took time to talk with those attending to discuss any potential implications on food production, post-Brexit.

Dr Dan then went on to meet with a group of farmers and representatives from the NFU who were keen to hear Dr Dan's views on the impact of Brexit on agriculture here in Central Suffolk. The meeting was a great opportunity to hear first-hand of the concerns and potential prospects facing farmers here in the constituency and Dr Dan has resolved to raise those issues directly back in Parliament.

Whilst there, Dr Dan took the opportunity to sign the NFU's pledge to support British Farming in the wake of the EU Referendum.

 


06 SEP 2016

Don't be caught out this winter - call 105

With Parliament returning from summer recess this week, Dr Dan attended a meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. With energy matters high on the agenda and the shorter days and darker nights of autumn almost upon us, Dr Dan has been keen to promote a new easy-to-remember emergency number for power cuts – 105.

105 is a free of charge service, accessible via landline or mobile, which will put customers directly through to their local electricity network operator. The service can be used for reporting or getting further updates on power cuts in their area, concerns about over or underground electricity cables or sub-stations, or especially important - for reporting any welfare concerns for those being affected by power cuts or emergencies.

In a mostly rural constituency like Dr Dan's, it is especially important that our communities look out for each other and take time this autumn and winter to spare a thought for the more vulnerable and isolated in our neighbourhoods. Many people, particularly elderly and vulnerable, aren't sure who to call in the event of a power cut and may try to contact their energy supply company, instead of the network providers who maintain the network. This is particularly important when we are experiencing bad weather in winter as heavy storms can very quickly cause major disruption to electricity supply.

Dr Dan particularly welcomes the introduction of 105 as a service as families and businesses in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich need to know where to go if they find themselves without power, either through severe weather or other disruption to service. 105 is a single, easy to remember number which prevents any confusion around who to call and most importantly, puts people in touch with the information they need when they need it. 

 



04 SEP 2016

Dr Dan takes part in the Framlingham 10k Race

Dr Dan was delighted to attend and take part in the Framlingham 10k run on Sunday 4th September, where he presented a number of runners with their well-deserved prizes and trophies.  After completing the race himself, it was congratulations all round for Ipswich Jaffa with both their men's and women's teams taking first place.

 

 

 


28 AUG 2016

Sustainable funding required for NHS and Social Care

Dr Dan has spoken out regarding his concerns around NHS and social care funding. As a practising NHS doctor, Dr Dan often sees people who are medically well enough to go home, but are forced to stay in hospital due to difficulties in arranging social care packages or appropriate accommodation.

Dr Dan has called for an urgent long term plan to ensure that the health and social care system is properly and sustainably funded and sees the introduction of a health and care tax as a possible solution.

Read more here http://tinyurl.com/zb244zz

 


19 AUG 2016

Dr Dan visits the Meeting Place, Whitehouse

On Friday 19 August, Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to the Meeting Place in Whitehouse where he met Mags and the team, before enjoying a tour of the newly refurbished community centre.

Dr Dan was particularly impressed with the team spirit, energy and enthusiasm which has gone into turning this disused and dilapidated building into a true community hub for the residents of Whitehouse.

The Meeting Place provides a fantastic space for local residents, complete with a welcoming café on site, but it also provides a much needed base for a support network for adults with learning difficulties.


13 AUG 2016

Dr Dan visits Westerfield Church Fete

Following on from BBC Radio 4 Today's programme live from Felixstowe on Saturday 13 August, Dr Dan visited the annual Westerfield Church Fete along with County Councillor Robin Vickery.  After enjoying the traditional selection of stalls and produce, Dr Dan was lucky enough to meet one of the stars of the Fete, Whitton Thomas.

Whitton Thomas is a 4 month old Suffolk Punch foal and the Fete was only his second public appearance, having previously made his debut at the Suffolk Show.

Dr Dan enjoyed meeting Thomas and his mother Daisy, not to mention the many people all soaking up the atmosphere of the afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and sampling the local produce.


13 AUG 2016

Catch Dr Dan on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme

Dr Dan took part in BBC Radio 4's Today programme, live from Felixstowe on Saturday 13 August, discussing with Nick Robinson how the town has reacted to Brexit and looking ahead to continued economic growth in Suffolk.

You can hear more here http://tinyurl.com/hrkgxvs and simply fast forward to 01:53:15 during the show to hear Dr. Dan.


10 AUG 2016

Birthday cake and blackcurrants, all in the name of work...

On Wednesday 10 August, Dr Dan was delighted to join the team from Best of Suffolk to celebrate their 10th birthday. Dr Dan cut the celebratory cake – a delicate matter, and spent time talking to the assembled guests. In particular, Dr Dan paid tribute to Best of Suffolk for their continued success and growth.

It was then on to Wickham Skeith where Dr Dan enjoyed meeting the community and discussing a wide range of issues, over a welcome spot of lunch.

Rounding off another busy day, Dr Dan then visited a farm in the constituency, where he enjoyed watching the careful harvest of the delicate blackcurrant crop. Afterwards, there was an opportunity to sample some homemade juice and to discuss views on farming, Brexit and local businesses.

 


06 AUG 2016

A Quintessential Summer Fete in Earl Soham

On Saturday 06 August, Dr Dan was thrilled to visit Earl Soham Fete where there was a fantastic selection of stalls and traditional activities for all to try, all whilst raising valuable funds for the local community.

Dr Dan enjoyed speaking to many people at the Fete and was especially pleased to see so many families soaking up the atmosphere, enjoying the sunshine and sampling the local produce. A particular favourite seemed to be the ice cream, enjoyed by young and old alike.


04 AUG 2016

Discover Suffolk's Fab 40 here

As the Parliamentary Summer Recess is well and truly underway, Dr Dan wrote last week about the importance of enjoying the great outdoors, and particularly about Suffolk County Council's new initiative "Fab 40 Suffolk".

Find out more here: https://fab40suffolk.co.uk/


02 AUG 2016

Support for children in mental health crisis

Dr Dan took part in BBC Radio Suffolk's Breakfast Show on Tuesday 02 August, discussing funding and provision for children's mental health services.

You can hear more here http://tinyurl.com/zm72xhh and simply fast forward to 02:07:15 during the show to hear Dr. Dan.


22 JUL 2016

From Devolution to Education and Technology to Black Dogs

It was a busy day of meetings for Dr Dan on Friday 22 July, starting off with a joint meeting between Suffolk's 7 MPs and the entire Cabinet from Suffolk County Council. The meeting, hosted at BT's Adastral Park had a jam packed agenda and Dr Dan particularly welcomes the opportunity for all those elected to represent the residents of Suffolk to come together and discuss local issues collectively.

In the evening, Dr Dan was part of a Panel at a public event titled "Black Dog and Stigma – Owning up to Mental Health." The session, chaired by Helen McDermott, was an opportunity for members of the audience to talk about stigma around mental health and ask questions of the Panel, who were highlighting the need to de-stigmatise mental health and the importance of coming forward to seek support as soon as possible.


17 JUL 2016

Pienaar on Politics live from Suffolk's Latitude Festival

On Sunday 17 July, Dr Dan joined John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live, live from Suffolk's very own Latitude Festival and alongside fellow guests Ken Loach, Jane Horrocks, Marcus Brigstocke and Kate McCann.

Hear more here http://tinyurl.com/hzhawab


15 JUL 2016

Fresh Aspirations in Framlingham

At the end of another busy week, Dr Dan was pleased to spend time in Framlingham with some of the younger members of tomorrow's workforce, the Fresh Aspirations Forum. Dr Dan was encouraged to hear the wide variety of questions on many subjects that surround not only our exit from the European Union, but also lively discussion around the new technology industries that are expanding within Suffolk and its links with the agriculture sector. Indeed if the future of the country is in any way representative of the examples Dr Dan saw and heard from the Fresh Aspirations Forum, then Great Britain does indeed have a bright future ahead of it.


12 JUL 2016

A new Prime Minister and a new future for social care ...

Following the recent EU Referendum and the appointment of Britain's new Prime Minister, Dr Dan is pleased to see that, following some unique and extraordinary times in politics, stability is now returning as the Conservative Party have united and are working together in support of our new Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP.

See more here: http://tinyurl.com/hykcl48

Dr. Dan was also part of a panel talking about a new future for social care, particularly in relation to funding, at the Kings Fund in London. The event provided an opportunity for those working in the health and care sector to find out how they can continue to provide personalised care services that enable those living complex situations to live as full a life as possible.


10 JUL 2016

Dr Dan speaks out in support of prescribing cannabis for medical purposes

Dr. Dan has written in support of allowing cannabis to be prescribed where deemed medically appropriate by a doctor. A recent poll revealed that many MPs were also in support.

Dr Dan says that allowing the prescription of cannabis for medical purposes is more about ensuring the provision of better care and support for those living with chronic pain, long term degenerative conditions and, in some cases, people being cared for at the end of their life.

Many other European countries, not to mention several American states, already recognise the medicinal use of cannabis, via prescription, and Dr. Dan supports similar action here in the UK.

See the full article here: http://tinyurl.com/zf4z8xk


08 JUL 2016

Dr Dan visits the constituency - Realise Futures, Whitehouse Primary School and Baylham Care Home

Friday 08 July was a busy day and Dr Dan started off with a visit to Realise Futures in Ipswich. Meeting with service users, Dr Dan was extremely impressed at the opportunities on offer and took time to have a tour of the facility, speaking with many of the team on his way around.

From here, Dr Dan enjoyed a tour of Whitehouse Primary School, led informatively by two pupils from the school. Dr Dan enjoyed hearing about the upcoming school performance and the excitement of all involved and was especially impressed by the courteous and professional attitude shown by the pupils.

Finally, the day ended with a visit to Baylham Care Home where Dr Dan took time to have a look around the impressive facilities and spent time meeting and talking with residents, some of whom were very keen to discuss the recent political events.


02 JUL 2016

Dr Dan visits Otley Fete

Looking ahead to the period of Parliamentary Summer Recess, Dr. Dan is looking forward to spending more time at home in Suffolk and enjoying the many events and opportunities on offer here in the county.

On 02 July, Dr Dan visited the Fete in Otley 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.


30 JUN 2016

Energy and Climate Change Update

June continued to be a busy time in Westminster for Dr. Dan with a number of meetings of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, of which Dr. Dan is Vice Chair. Amongst the key business was a session considering the UK's progress on developing renewable energy sources for both heat and transport.

Dr Dan also contributed to another key session during which the Committee considered the Competition and Market Authority's Energy Market investigation report, looking at transparency and clarity on price comparison websites for energy providers.

Listen to Dr. Dan on BBC Radio 4's Moneybox programme, after MPs warn that a report designed to encourage competition may in fact have the opposite effect.

Listen here http://tinyurl.com/gsnzdju and click to the Chapter on Energy Switching.


10 JUN 2016

New Community Shop for Badingham

Dr Dan was delighted to officially open the new Community Shop and Café in Badingham. The shop has come 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.

Later that day, Dr Dan also visited the Duke of Marlborough in Somersham, where he was pleased to lend his support to the #SavetheDuke's fundraising campaign.


02 JUN 2016

Suffolk Show NFU Farming Help Breakfast Reception

Dr Dan attended a breakfast reception at the Suffolk Show which was hosted by NFU Mutual to discuss the "Farming Help" trilogy, which comprises of the FCN (Farming Community Network), Addington Fund and RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).

All 3 organisations work closely together to offer help, support and advice to farmers and their families. The event was well attended and 3 of the 7 Suffolk MPs were present – including Dr Dan, Dr. Coffey and Jo Churchill.


26 MAY 2016

Access All Areas Campaign, Westminster Hall

Dr Dan was contacted by a constituent who uses a guide dog and was attending a campaign event in Westminster Hall to raise awareness of the exclusion from restaurants or taxis guide dog owners face and to lobby for more stringent fines to be levied onto those who do not follow the law. Under the Equality Act, guide dog and other assistance dog owners have the right to enter the majority of services, premises and vehicles with their dog.

Dr Dan was very happy to meet with his constituent and their dog, Ali, and lend his support to their concerns and has made representations to the Government minister on their behalf.


20 MAY 2016

Meeting with EWI Pro

Dr Dan met with staff and management from EWI Pro, a business based on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate in Ipswich to discuss issues that they had been having with broadband connectivity. Having a stable broadband connection is vital to running a successful business and Dr Dan took on board the representations made by the business. Also discussed was the Green Energy agenda, which EWI are at the forefront of delivering external wall insulation.


06 MAY 2016

Visit to Hartismere High School

Dr Dan visited Hartismere High School in Eye as part of his constituency visits as a local MP.

There were a wide variety of questions put to Dr Dan by the students about his role as an MP in Westminster and on topical issues such as the forthcoming EU referendum, the NHS and climate change as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

Dr Dan greatly enjoyed his visit and looks forward to returning in the future.


29 APR 2016

Dr Dan in the Constituency: April

Dr Dan opened proceedings for the Ready For Growth event at the Framlingham Technology Centre, an important annual event on the Suffolk Business Hub calendar. Many local business leaders were present and Dr Dan heard how local businesses have received a variety of new help, grants and ideas by using this business network and help from local and national Government to expand and invest in new technologies and marketing techniques.

As part of regular school visits Dr Dan met sixth form students at Thomas Mills School who had recently visited Parliament and they had some well-prepared questions about Dr Dan's life and duties as an MP. In addition Dr Dan met with the year 11 students and heard from them about a personal finance course they had been undertaking and the vital skills they had learnt from it. Dr Dan also visited the pupils of Dale Hall School in Ipswich with Cllr Robin Vickery and was shown round the premises by the head teacher.

Dr Dan has also been very interested in the good work that Paddy Geere House in Ipswich carries out for those who are over 60 and in assisted accommodation. Dr Dan was very pleased to see for himself this in action and will continue to support the valuable contribution that Paddy Geere House contributes to the local community.

Broadband is a key infrastructure issue for the constuituency and Dr Dan was very pleased to be able to meet with the Leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, to put to him his concerns about some of the stories about poor broadband speeds that he has heard from people who live and work in all areas of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dr Dan was reassured that Colin Noble is now taking steps to ensure that Suffolk County Council will take a much more effective grip on the roll out of superfast broadband in the future.

Suffolk has a fantastic tourism industry and Dr Dan was delighted to see how Government lottery funding of £62,400 had assisted the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, or 'Middy' as it is affectionately known, in building a workshop at the Brockford and Wetheringsett station. The railway are looking to expand the track by half a mile and restore locomotives and Dr Dan is very pleased to continue his support for them.

Finally as part of the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations Dr Dan was honoured to be invited to read a personal message to the residents of Easton from HRH the Prince of Wales as well as sampling the fantastic hog roast that was on offer.


19 APR 2016

Dr Dan in Westminster: Reporting Back

Dr Dan has been representing his constituents in Westminster in a number of ways by being a part of the Conservative Party implementing their manifesto commitments and scrutinising legislation in a number of areas.

As a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee he has been examining Government policy in this area and recently worked as part of a cross party group of backbench MPs to put into law the Government's commitment to net zero carbon emissions.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/06/uk-must-aim-for-zero-emissions-at-home-too

Dr Dan in this capacity also called a debate in Westminster Hall about the future challenges facing the energy industry and to call for the energy market to work better for consumers, particularly the vulnerable and those on fixed incomes.

Dr Dan also takes an active interest in the field of Mental Health and asked in the chamber a question to the prisons minister about the possibility of initiating a national scheme for critical time interventions for prisoners with mental health problems.


07 APR 2016

Dr Dan in the Constituency: March

Dr Dan has been very active in the local community in March, visiting local businesses, schools and charities.

In the last month he met with year 5 and 6 pupils at Palgrave School and was very interested to hear about the excellent work they had done learning about Britain's democracy, tell them about his role as a Member of Parliament and answer the well thought out questions they had prepared.

Dr Dan was also very pleased to attend the 'Suffolk 100', an event supported by the East Anglian Daily Times and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce celebrating the achievements of the 100 most influential individuals contributing to Suffolk's economy and where business leaders were updated on the factors influencing the direction of the local economy.

In Ipswich Dr Dan was invited to a Gentleman's Breakfast at Whitton Church Hall. The event was very well attended and Dr Dan was pleased to give a short speech congratulating the organisers for putting on such an enjoyable event.

Also Dr Dan attended the Otley Sport Relief Run. He was unfortunately unable to participate in the event itself due to a sport injury but was involved in managing the runners and starting all of the races, which were 1 mile, 3 miles and 6 miles.


24 FEB 2016

Energy and Climate Change Committee Trip to Denmark

Dr Dan visited Copenhagen, Denmark with his Parliamentary cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee to see for themselves the Danish energy system and to understand how Denmark is facilitating and encouraging more people to become environtally aware. 

Whilst in Copenhagen, Dr Dan had meetings with Ambassadors, Ministers and energy companies and visited Avedore Vaerket plant which is among the most efficient of its kind in the world. 


23 FEB 2016

Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Winner

Dr Dan enjoyed attending the British Beer and Pub Association's Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award ceremony. He nominated Milan Hukal from the Dog Inn, Grundisburgh, and was delighted that he won the top award and that Dr Dan was there to congratulate him.

Dr Dan has tasted Milan's excellent cooking on a number of occasions at the Grundisburgh Dog and is proud and pleased that Suffolk is now the home of the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year.


12 FEB 2016

Suffolk Family Carers

Dr Dan met with the new CEO of Suffolk Family Carers, Kirsten Alderson, and her team to discuss what more he can do to support the charity of 15,000 (or more) unpaid carers to family members, friends or neighbours in Suffolk.

As the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers in Parliament, Dr Dan continues to support and raise awareness for unpaid carers both in Parliament and in the constituency and enjoyed hearing about the great work that Suffolk Family Carers are carrying out to provide information, advice and guidance to give carers the support they need to live fuller lives.

For more information, visit www.suffolkfamilycarers.org


12 FEB 2016

Otley College

Dr Dan visited the Otley campus of Easton and Otley College where he had the opportunity to meet with the new principal David Henley, to tour the campus and to meet staff members and current students.

As one of the largest land-based institutions in the country, The Easton and Otley College offers a range of full-time and part-time courses and apprenticeships and Dr Dan was pleased to see the high quality training and education they are delivering for young people in Suffolk including employability skills, team work experience, transferable skills and travel opportunities.


05 FEB 2016

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust

Dr Dan met with the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust team at the Castle Hill Community Centre in Ipswich, for an overview and to discuss future planning with the organisers and users of the group.

The North West Ipswich Big Local Trust aims to create a more cohesive community bringing together the three wards of Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill in projects and by providing grants such as the one given to Radio Westbourne at Westbourne Academy, which Dr Dan visited later in the day. He shall continue to support the work of the NWI BLT.


05 FEB 2016

North Ipswich Number 19 Bus To Be Reinstated

Dr Dan has been successfully leading the campaign to secure a replacement bus service for route 19 in North Ipswich after the final stages of the route were axed last year. Dr Dan, together with North Ipswich Councillors Erion Xhaferaj, Robin Vickery and Chris Stewart, has had meetings with Jeremy Cooper, the Managing Director of Ipswich Buses, to reach an agreement for the new route which will start at the end of February for the benefit of local residents and visitors.


05 FEB 2016

Westbourne Academy & Radio Westbourne

Dr Dan met with students and staff at Westbourne Academy for a meeting with Principal Garry Trott and a question and answer session with the pupils. Whilst with the school Dr Dan was also interviewed for Radio Westbourne, Westbourne Academy's new school radio station, by the student DJs Dan, Chris and Darnell and enjoyed answering their informative and interesting questions.


20 JAN 2016

Creeting St Mary School Visit Dr Dan in Parliament

Dr Dan welcomed students and staff from Creeting St Mary school to Parliament, where they learnt about the history of Parliament on their tour and then had a question and answer session with Dr Dan. 

The students asked Dr Dan a wide range of questions on local and national topics, including what the hardest decision he has had to make as an MP was and what his job as an MP, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, and as an NHS hospital doctor entails. 

 


15 JAN 2016

Progress at Barham & Claydon Surgery

Dr Dan returned to the Barham & Claydon Surgery on Norwich Road in Barham. Dr Dan has been working with Dr Naqvi and his team for some time to fight for new facilities and a new building for the surgery. As an NHS hospital doctor, Dr Dan understands the importance of first class, local medical services in Suffolk and he welcomed the progress update from Dr Naqvi and the rest of the team and will be further supporting the development of the medical practice for the benefit of local patients.


15 JAN 2016

Oakwood House Nursing Home

Dr Dan visited Oakwood House Nursing Home in Grange Farm, Kesgrave to meet the Manager Helen Rollin and the dedicated staff who look after residents at the home. He enjoyed his tour and meeting many of the residents in the home, and would like to thank the staff for all their hard work in caring so well for the residents.


14 JAN 2016

Dr Dan Questioned by North Ipswich Students in Parliament

Students from a North Ipswich school have had the opportunity to question Dr Dan in the Houses of Parliament.

The Dale Hall Primary School students, who are members of the School Council, learnt about the history of Parliament on their tour and then had a question and answer session with Dr Dan, who has visited the students at their school on a number of occasions. The students asked him a range of questions on local and national topics, including how Dr Dan is helping to solve flooding problems in North Ipswich, how he has helped to reinstate a local bus route and what his job as an MP and as an NHS hospital doctor entails.

After meeting with the students, Dr Dan said:

"Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people the opportunity to learn about Britain's history, democracy and our law making process.

"It is always a top priority for me to take the time out of my busy schedule to speak with younger constituents about my role as their MP in order to encourage their interests in how Government and democracy works. I welcomed the opportunity to answer a variety of well informed questions from the pupils and I look forward to visiting the school again in the near future."


20 DEC 2015

Whitton Church Carol Service

Dr Dan attended the carol service at Whitton Church in North Ipswich. He was very pleased to do a reading at the service and enjoyed meeting everyone in the hall afterwards including the Reverend Mary Sokanovic of the Church (pictured). 

The raffle raised over £500 towards a new boiler for the Church and a particular highlight of the service for Dr Dan was a duet sung by Rebecca Newman and Becky Moore. 


14 DEC 2015

Dr Dan Holds Public Meeting on Larchcroft Road Flooding, NW Ipswich

Dr Dan held a public meeting on Ashcroft and Larchcroft Road in North West Ipswich in order to speak with residents about the flash flooding which occurs at the end of Larchcroft Road. Several residents had been in touch with him to express their concern about the flooding so he asked representatives of Anglian Water, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Councillors Robin Vickery and Erion Xhaferaj to meet him on site. 

Dr Dan is confident that in conjuction with Anglian Water, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council, they can take the necessary steps in finding a long term, comprehensive solution to the flooding problem which was causing distress to the local community.


06 DEC 2015

Framlingham Christmas Market

Dr Dan joined many local residents and visitors at the Framlingham Town Council's 11th Annual Charity / Voluntary Organisations Christmas Market on Market Hill. He was pleased to meet many residents and to see local businesses doing so well, and enjoyed looking at the local produce for sale including Christmas cards, books, flowers, gifts, food and drink.


05 DEC 2015

Stonham Aspal & Easton Christmas Fairs

Dr Dan continued the Christmas festivities on the weekend with fairs in the Village Halls of Stonham Aspal and Easton. He visits many of Suffolk's community Christmas fayres, bazaars and markets at this time of year and enjoys celebrating the festive season with local residents and visitors.

Dr Dan is pictured opposite with local Councillor Suzie Morley at the Stonham Aspal Christmas fair.


01 DEC 2015

Dr Dan Delivers Fairer School Funding Petition in Parliament

Dr Dan has presented a petition in Parliament on behalf of schools and pupils in Suffolk to call on the Government to deliver a fairer school funding formula.

Dr Dan has been calling on the Government to deliver a fairer funding model for schools based on pupil need, under which Suffolk schools would receive a further £178.06 per pupil per year, and recently signed an open letter asking the Government to reform the formula. Dr Dan welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introducing fair school funding as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review last week, which signals an end to the current unfair system which has led to a situation where the ten best funded areas of England receive an average of £6,300 per pupil of schools block funding, compared to just £4,200 in the ten worst funded areas.

The new funding formula announced will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-2018 onwards the resources schools and local councils will receive will be based on pupil need rather than a historical calculation which was open to political manipulation.

Speaking after presenting the petition in Parliament, Dr Dan commented:

"I would like to thank all the teachers, staff and residents who signed the fair school funding campaign petition which I presented on behalf of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich schools and pupils in Parliament. I have campaigned hard for a fairer funding formula along with headteachers and governors of schools across Suffolk and I welcomed the Chancellor's commitment last week.

I look forward to hearing the Government's proposals in the New Year which will benefit all children studying in Suffolk's schools and will go a long way to ensuring that they have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible."


30 NOV 2015

Opening of New Epoxy Facility at Permastore Ltd

Dr Dan helped to open the new epoxy facility at Permastore Tanks & Silos in Eye and is pictured with Chief Executive Brian Quarendon.

Permastore offers a range of products to its customers including tanks and silos suitable for municipal, industrial, agricultural, mining and biofuel requirements. Permastore has invested £1.5m in the latest state-of-the-art epoxy production technology to expand its tank and silo manufacturing facility and Dr Dan was very pleased to have been part of this occasion.

More information about the event can be found at: http://www.permastore.com/grand-opening-of-epoxy-production-facility/


29 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Supports the St Elizabeth Hospice Light Up A Life Service

Dr Dan read a lesson and attended the annual St Elizabeth Hospice Light Up a Life Service in St Michael's Church, Framlingham, and joined the community in remembering family, friends and loved ones lost this year through a series of readings, Christmas carols, music and private reflection. Many of us have experienced the difficulty of losing a relative or friend, and the Light Up a Life event brings together people who are missing someone at what can be a difficult time of year.

Dr Dan is a great supporter of the St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. Hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable 'hospice at home' service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and he would like to pay tribute to their efforts all year round and for organising another successful Light Up a Life event in Framlingham.


28 NOV 2015

Festival of Wreaths and Angels, Mendham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to attend the Festival of Wreaths and Angels in the All Saints' Church, Mendham, to view the many wreaths and angels of all shapes and sizes on display. Many local organisations and groups made beautiful and decorative wreaths for the occassion and raised over £1,000 for the Church. Dr Dan is very pleased with the lovely wreath that he bought there and looks forward to putting it on his door at Christmas. 

Dr Dan would like to thank Lesley Allen for accompanying him, Kate Peacher and Dawn Dawson for organising the event and to all the residents and visitors who made it such a success.


28 NOV 2015

St John Ambulance Christmas Sale

Dr Dan continued the Christmas festivities and attended the very successful St John Ambulance Christmas Sale in Framlingham.

Dr Dan enjoyed drawing the raffle, meeting residents and visitors and seeing so many people enjoying themselves in support of St John Ambulance and he was very pleased that a total of £1085.69 was raised for this worthy and dedicated first aid charity.


27 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Welcomes Fair School Funding Breakthrough

Dr Dan has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Dr Dan has been calling on the Government to deliver a fairer funding model for schools based on pupil need, under which Suffolk schools would receive a further £178.06 per pupil per year, and recently signed an open letter asking the Government to reform the formula. The announcement signals an end to the current unfair system which has led to a situation where the ten best funded areas of England receive an average of £6,300 per pupil of schools block funding, compared to just £4,200 in the ten worst funded areas.

The new funding formula announced will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-2018 onwards the resources schools and local authorities will receive will be based on pupil need rather than a historical calculation which was open to political manipulation.

Speaking after the announcement, Dr Dan commented:

"I am delighted that the Government has committed to changing the funding formula for schools that I have campaigned hard for and I am sure that the headteachers and governors of schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich that I have met with on many occasions will be pleased with this announcement.

"Our children and grandchildren studying in Suffolk's schools should continue to have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible and this commitment by the Government is a big step in the right direction.

"I would like to thank all the teachers, staff and residents who signed the fair school funding campaign petition which I shall be presenting on behalf of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich schools and pupils this coming Tuesday in Parliament".

 

 

(Photograph is of Dr Dan visiting a school in Suffolk in February 2015)


21 NOV 2015

Somersham Christmas Bazaar

Dr Dan visited Somersham's Christmas Bazaar in the Village Hall and was accompanied by Cllr James Caston, who showed him around the many stalls selling produce, games and Christmas tree displays. Dr Dan was pleased to see so many residents supporting this event which raised funds for the church.


21 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Begins the Festive Season at the Whitton Christmas Fayre

The busy Christmas season has begun and Dr Dan visited his first Christmas fayre of the year on Saturday in the Ascension Hall in Whitton, North West Ipswich. All proceeds from the fayre will help to raise funds for a new boiler which will cost £10,000 and Dr Dan was pleased to be able to support this.

Ipswich Councillors Robin Vickery and Erion Xhaferaj were running their own stall in support of this event, and are pictured right with Dr Dan.


20 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Gets Assurance That Community Care Beds Are Here To Stay in North Suffolk

Dr Dan has received reassurances from Suffolk health bosses that ten existing community care beds will remain in North Suffolk after the relocation of an Eye care home.

Dr Mark Shenton, Chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), confirmed to Dr Dan that the ten intermediate care beds currently located at Paddock House will be transferred to the new Care UK home Hartismere Place when it opens and that the beds will continue to be commissioned by Suffolk Community Healthcare.

Concerns were raised with Dr Dan by The Hartismere Hospital League of Friends group when the contract for the transfer of the care beds had not been signed a week before the move to Hartismere Place.

Dr Dan commented:

"These intermediate care beds provide essential close to home care for older and vulnerable members of the community and it is very important that they remain available for residents in our rural communities.

"I am very pleased to have received written confirmation from the CCG that the beds are here to stay and I am very grateful for the support of Dr Mark Shenton in helping to ensure that the beds which also provide respite care for cancer patients, and their carers will remain in Eye.

"I shall continue to work to support the Hartismere League of Friends in ensuring high quality healthcare services are available for the benefit of patients in the Hartismere Hospital site. This assurance from Dr Shenton is a welcome step in the right direction in protecting our healthcare services in North Suffolk".

 

(Photograph opposite is of Dr Dan addressing the Hartismere Hospital League of Friends in February 2015)


15 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Urges 'Get Ready for Winter'

With winter on the way, Dr Dan has called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with home energy insulation to keep warm and reduce home energy bills.

Dr Dan, who is a practicing NHS doctor and also a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in Parliament, said:

"It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want all my constituents in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise residents to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.

"There are a number of simple steps that everyone can take to make sure they're doing all they can to keep their energy bills down and their homes warm."

Stephen Beynon, Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy said: "Winter can be a challenging time for households and many people will be concerned about their winter energy bill. There is help available and we urge customers to get in touch to find out what advice and support is on offer.

"In the long term, energy efficiency is still the best way to save money on bills. British Gas is pleased to be working with the UK Government to roll out free loft and cavity wall insulation for eligible households, and you don't need to be a British Gas customer to sign up.

"We're also proud to be leading the way in the roll-out of smart meters which enable you to see how much energy you are using in pounds and pence and identify where savings can be made."


09 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Joins a Suffolk Police Shift

Dr Dan often spends time out and about with the front line staff of our emergency services. On Monday Dr Dan joined PC Burt and the Suffolk police in Framlingham to see at firsthand the hard work the Suffolk police do in keeping the town safe so that people can enjoy themselves as the busy Christmas season sets in.

Our hardworking front line teams do a remarkable job in often challenging circumstances and regardless of the severity or complexity of their problem, they look after every resident in a professional and compassionate way. Dr Dan enjoyed his day out with PC Burt and thanked all the dedicated emergency service staff who help to make our lives safer and more enjoyable.

 

 

(Photograph opposite is from a previous outing with the police in Ipswich) 


08 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Pays Tribute to Fallen Servicemen at Remembrance Day services in Debenham and Horham

On Sunday, Dr Dan attended the Remembrance Day service held at Debenham and lay a wreath. He was pleased to see the great contribution from the Scouts to proceedings. Later in the afternoon Dr Dan attended the service in Horham where he gave a reading and lay a wreath. 

On Sunday a number of Remembrance Day services were held in towns and villages across Suffolk, as thousands of people paid their respects towards our brave Armed Forces and those who have died in conflict since the First World War.

Remembrance Sunday is a special time of year, where people of all ages have the chance to pause, reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives for us. The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.

Dr Dan was very proud to see so many people in Suffolk showing their support for our Armed Forces.


06 NOV 2015

Relaunch of the Bramford Cock Pub

Dr Dan attended the relaunch of The Bramford Cock pub on The Street in Bramford.

Dr Dan was pleased to see the refurbishment of the Bramford Cock by Punch Taverns with a new kitchen and a great new menu and was pleased at how popular the pub is with residents and visitors. Dr Dan would like to congratulate the landlady Gina Corani and her team and managers who have worked so hard to regenerate a key community hub in Bramford village.


05 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Counts Down to the Kesgrave Fireworks

Dr Dan counted down to the Kesgrave fireworks display which attracted over 3,000 residents. Dr Dan was pleased to do the countdown to the official fireworks display and November 5th was a good family night out with activities such as face painting, balloon art, fire jugglers and the Sam Boomba Samba Band and even the wet weather could not dampen the spirits of everyone there and the vibrant atmosphere.

Dr Dan would like to thank Cllr Debbie McCallum and her team for organising such a great community occasion and all the residents who attended. 

 

I was pleased to do the countdown to the official fireworks display, and November 5th was a good family night out with activities


25 OCT 2015

Paws for a Cause for the EAAA

Dr Dan took his dog Bruno to the Paws for a Cause sponsored dog walk around the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

Dr Dan is a big supporter of our Air Ambulance service and its dedicated, highly skilled staff who play an invaluable role providing emergency care to patients in Suffolk. The money raised from the event will go to providing vital funds for the air ambulance and Dr Dan is pleased to have been able to help in a small way and Bruno enjoyed the fresh air in the Suffolk countryside. 


24 OCT 2015

Ipswich To See Reinstated No. 19 Route Bus Service After Dr Dan Intervenes

Following the meeting that Dr Dan called with Jeremy Cooper, the new Managing Director of Ipswich Buses, and Ipswich Cllrs Chris Stewart, Erion Xhaferaj and Robin Vickery to discuss the revised route of the number 19 bus in North Ipswich, Dr Dan is pleased to have reached a positive agreement to run a new bus service for the benefit of residents in the Stratford Court area along the old number 19 route.

Having been contacted by many constituents regarding this route, Dr Dan called the meeting as he found it unacceptable that the older and more vulnerable members of our community are required to walk long distances and rely on the bus service to get out and about.


23 OCT 2015

Dr Dan Calls on Government to Deliver Fairer Education Funding For Suffolk

Dr Dan has called on the Government to deliver fairer funding for schools in rural Suffolk.

In an open letter signed by 111 rural MPs from all political parties, Dr Dan asked the Government to reform the school funding formula to a fairer model based on pupil need, under which Suffolk schools would receive a further £178.06 per pupil per year.

Under the current funding system, the ten best funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupil this year, compared to an average of just £4,208 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas and £4,361 in Suffolk.

Dr Dan commented:

"I have had many meetings with headteachers and governors of schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and it is widely acknowledged that the existing funding model is unfair to rural counties like Suffolk. At a time of public spending restraint it is more important than ever that funding is allocated based on need.

"I want to make sure that our children and grandchildren studying in Suffolk's schools continue to have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible.

"This cross-party campaign is an important step in the right direction to achieve fairer funding for schools in Suffolk and I will continue to push the Government to deliver more money for pupils in Suffolk."


12 OCT 2015

Supporting Home-Start in Suffolk

Dr Dan spent time with families who have drawn support from the work of Home-Start East Ipswich and Coastal, including with mum of two Gillian Willmont from Framlingham, to hear about the invaluable work of the charity and how the programme has helped them to get the support they need. 

Home-Start is a charity which exists to help families with small children to get back on their feet in times of difficulty and to help parents build better lives for their children. Home-Start's hard-working and dedicated team of volunteers visit the family's home for a couple of hours every week and develop a trusting relationship with each family. For more information please visit http://www.homestarteastsuffolk.org.uk/.


04 OCT 2015

Dr Dan Awards Framlingham St John Ambulance Super Badgers

Dr Dan presented awards to several members of the Framlingham St John Ambulance at a special ceremony in the Framlingham Division headquarters.

Dr Dan awarded special awards to both adults and children, and Super Badger Awards, the highest level award for 5-10 year olds, to Hayden, Hannah, Aleena and Erin. As a doctor himself, Dr Dan congratulated them all for their hard work and determination in acquiring important life skills at such a young age, which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.


02 OCT 2015

Follow-up Flooding Meeting in Rushmere St Andrew

Dr Dan organised a follow-up meeting to review progress on the long-standing flooding issues in Rushmere St Andrew with representatives from Anglian Water, Suffolk County Council, Cllr Robert Whiting and local residents.

Last year, Dr Dan intervened to demand action, after he was contacted by a number of residents concerned about flooding problems on The Street close to Chesnut Pond. Suffolk County Council have taken steps to improve road drainage and both County Council and Anglian Water are working together to continue to help improve the situation for residents who have suffered terrible flooding to their properties.


29 SEP 2015

Cafe Connect, Framlingham

Dr Dan joined Rev Matthew Smith and Framlingham residents at Café Connect in the Unitarian Meeting House on Bridge Street, Framlingham.

The Unitarian Meeting House accepts anyone who is searching for a setting where people can worship, explore and share faith together in an atmosphere of freedom and mutual respect. The Rev. Matthew Smith also encourages the Unitarian Meeting House to be used as a venue to benefit the wider community, and events held recently have included Green Fram, Mindfulness training, Residents Association meetings, concerts and regular Café Connect meetings.

For more information please see http://www.ukunitarians.org.uk/framlingham/index.htm


13 SEP 2015

Opening the Ipswich YM Rugby Club Clubhouse

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 soon to be upon us, Dr Dan had the pleasure of opening the refurbished Clubhouse at Ipswich YM Rugby Club and unveiled a plaque for the refurbishment works. As a keen rugby player himself, Dr Dan enjoyed seeing all the junior teams during their Sunday training.

Dr Dan would like to congratulate all those who have worked so hard to make the refurbishment happen.


12 SEP 2015

Laxfield Day Out

Dr Dan opened the Laxfield Day Out on Laxfield Playing Field on Saturday in the September sunshine and was pleased to see so many people and families enjoying their weekend and the weather. Events like the Laxfield Day Out demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dr Dan to chat to local residents and have a look around.

Dr Dan would like to thank Lisa Auchterlonie, Chair of the Organising Committee at the Playing Field, and all those involved, for a very successful and enjoyable event.


06 SEP 2015

Framlingham 10k Run

Dr Dan was pleased to start over 300 runners participating in the Fram 10k run, and the mums, dads and children in the fun run, and to present them with their prizes and medals after their 2 and a half laps of the town.

The event was organised by the Fram Flyers Running Club, who now have over 100 junior members, and Dr Dan congratulated the organisers for a very successful event.


06 SEP 2015

Bramford Lane Allotments Open Day

Dr Dan dropped in to support the Bramford Lane Allotments during their summer open day on Sunday with Ipswich Councillor Robin Vickery. Bramford Lane Allotments are the largest in Ipswich and Dr Dan enjoyed seeing the very high quality freshly grown produce and meeting the many people and families that had come out to support the event.


01 SEP 2015

MP Elected as Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has been elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers, the Parliamentary group which aims to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of the needs of unpaid carers in Parliament.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers was formed in 2005 and comprises of MPs and Peers who care passionately about ensuring the 6.5 million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for ill, older or disabled loved ones get the support they need. The All-Party Parliamentary Group works on a cross-party basis to seek improvements to legislation for carers, while providing a forum for Parliamentarians and expert stakeholders to discuss what more can be done across the NHS, social care, employment policy and the social security system to improve the lives of carers.

After being elected, Dr Poulter commented: "I am delighted to have been elected Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers which undertakes such important work to raise awareness of the issues facing those caring unpaid for loved ones.

"We know that carers save the UK £119 billion each year through the care and support they provide to sick and disabled relatives. Carers make such an important contribution to our society, and we must do all we can to ensure they are supported. With new landmark rights for carers through the Care Act, which I helped to make law when I was a health minister, the need for more integration of health and social care services, and further spending decisions on social security, the All-Party Parliamentary Group will play a crucial role in ensuring the voices of carers are heard in Parliament.

"I would also like to thank the previous Chair, former Member of Parliament The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry for the excellent work he did over the last few years and I look forward to working with the House of Lords Co-Chair Baroness Pitkeathley to further build upon the Group's achievements."


10 AUG 2015

Bolton Brothers Ltd Recycling & Waste Management

Dr Dan met Reuben Bolton, Commercial and Operations Director, and the staff at Bolton Brothers Ltd for a tour of the waste management company which has been trading in the recycling industry for over 45 years. The company recycles predominantly paper, cardboard, plastic and scrap metal and remains a family run business employing over 50 local staff at two recycling bases.

For more information, visit their website http://www.boltonbros.co.uk/ .


10 AUG 2015

Oliver Hayward Play Barn & Cafe

Dr Dan visited the Oliver Hayward Play Barn in Wickham Market to meet Guy Hayward and tour the adventure barn for children up to 7 years old. He was pleased to many families enjoying the sunshine.

The Oliver Hayward Play Barn provides a small and intimate space for children to play safely in ball pits, on slides and in the disco room, all whilst their parents relax in Star's Cafe overlooking the play area. For more information about the Play Barn, please visit http://www.oliverhaywardplaybarn.co.uk/ .


08 AUG 2015

Laxfield Fete

Dr Dan opened Laxfield Church Fete where he enjoyed the food and afternoon tea. He was delighted to see another example of the strong community ties that underpin our villages and towns in Suffolk and enjoyed chatting to local residents as he made his way around the various stalls. Dr Dan would like to thank Cllr Julie Flatman for showing him around along with all of those who attended or helped with the running of this year's activities. All money raised goes to the local church.


03 AUG 2015

Lofty Heights

Dr Dan visited Lofty Heights in Little Bealings, a Social Enterprise with the primary purpose of helping less advantaged and elderly people to have warmer, healthier homes as well as creating employment for young adults, who have been disadvantaged through the lack of education opportunity, difficult personal situations or lack of employment.

Dr Dan was very impressed by the work of the team and looks forward to giving them his support in future.

For more information, visit http://www.lofty-heights.org/.


03 AUG 2015

Meeting with OFTEC

Dr Dan had an interesting and informative meeting with OFTEC at their Kesgrave Headquarters about the important role that Biofuels can play in reducing carbon emissions and the cost of heating homes.


02 AUG 2015

Whitton Allotments Open Day

Dr Dan went to Whitton to support their very enjoyable and well attended open day and produce show. Committee chairman Roy Hawes, who won an award for the best potatoes, showed Dr Dan around.

Dr Dan, who was joined by Ward Councillor Erion Xhaferaj and Ipswich Councillor Robin Vickery, enjoyed meeting many of the 107 plot holders and later eating the fresh runner beans and red currants that he had bought there.


01 AUG 2015

Earl Soham Fete

Dr Dan visited the Earl Soham fete on Saturday afternoon. The sun was shining on the stalls selling home made produce with all the proceeds going to St Mary's Church fabric fund. Dr Dan bought some cupcakes and gooseberry jam which he enjoyed later at teatime.


31 JUL 2015

Meeting with Ipswich Hospital Chief Executive

Dr Dan regularly meets with Ipswich Hospital Chief Executive Nick Hulme, and he visited Ipswich Hospital again on Friday to discuss the continued delivery of high quality patient care which has characterised the performance of the hospital in recent years.


31 JUL 2015

St Elizabeth Hospice

Dr Dan visited St Elizabeth's Hospice where he had an enjoyable and productive meeting with acting CEO Mark Millat, to talk about what more he can do to support the Hospice in the invaluable contribution that their work makes to our local community.


22 JUL 2015

Charnwood Milling

Dr Dan enjoyed an exceptionally interesting visit to Charnwood Milling in Framlingham this week, which is a family run business that has developed a uniquely wide range of animal feeds sold both in this country and abroad.

Finance Director Kevin Gibbs showed Dr Dan the regular animal feeds for domestic pets and farm animals as well as the more exotic and specialist food for birds and animals such as African rhinos and Scarlett Ibis. Charnwood Milling are currently providing seed to a conservation project in Zanzibar which will save a rare form of ducks from extinction.

Charnwood Milling is yet another example of a small Suffolk centre of excellence providing worldwide produce. For more information, please visit http://www.charnwoodmilling.co.uk/.


20 JUL 2015

Dr Dan Welcomes Stradbroke High School Students to Parliament

Year 10 students from Stradbroke High School had the opportunity to question Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter when they made the trip from Suffolk to Westminster for a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

The students, who have recently been elected as Senior Prefects at the school and included James Cleverley, the new Headboy, Heather Cutler, the new Headgirl, Levi Chapman, Deputy Headboy and Isabelle Malins, Deputy Headgirl, enjoyed a tour of Parliament and a 45 minute question and answer session with Dr Poulter.

After learning about the history of Parliament, the students met with Dr Poulter, who has visited Stradbroke High School on a number of occasions, to ask him questions on a range of local and national topics, including how Dr Poulter is helping to improve rural broadband, the importance of apprenticeships to students in Suffolk and his thoughts on the European Union Referendum Bill.

After meeting with the students, Dr Poulter said "Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people the opportunity to learn about Britain's history, democracy and our law making process.

"It is always a top priority for me to take the time out of my busy schedule to speak with younger constituents about my role as their MP and my new roles on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, in order to encourage their interests in how Government and democracy works. I welcomed the opportunity to answer a variety of well informed questions from both pupils and teachers and I look forward to visiting the school again in the near future."


15 JUL 2015

Dr Dan Puts BT Under Scrutiny in Key Parliamentary debate on Improving Broadband Services in Suffolk

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has continued his fight for improved broadband services for Suffolk in a Parliamentary debate this week with a call to roll-out mobile broadband and for the Government to investigate the behaviour of BT in the Suffolk Broadband Programme.

There has been recent frustration about the speed and reliability of BT in delivering broadband to homes, so Dr Poulter called the debate to put BT under the spotlight. He was joined by his Suffolk parliamentary colleagues Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, and Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, in a call to Government to better scrutinise the roll of BT in the roll-out of superfast broadband in Suffolk.

Since he was elected in 2010, Dr Poulter has been leading the campaign for better broadband services in Suffolk. He helped to secure almost £12 million of Government funding, matched by another £12 million from Suffolk County Council, in the first contract for broadband delivery. That was then supported by a grant of £15 million from the Government, another £10 million from Suffolk County Council and £5 million from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, to ensure that 90% of Suffolk's homes receive high speed broadband by the end of this year, and 95% of homes and businesses have super-fast broadband by the end of 2018.

Dr Poulter thanked Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, for his personal support in the roll-out of superfast broadband but told the Minister that there is still much more to do with faster broadband being the single most important issue facing Suffolk and many rural businesses and homes. Dr Poulter outlined to the Minister that the conduct of BT has been a handbrake on Better Broadband for Suffolk's efforts to roll out faster broadband, and that BT needed to behave better to deliver superfast broadband more rapidly.

Finally, Dr Poulter sought the support of the Minister for the final 5% of residents who under current plans will have to wait more than two and a half years for fast, reliable and sustainable broadband, and what more the Government could do to avoid creating a digital divide between the 95% who will receive superfast broadband by 2018 and the remaining 5% who will have to wait a little longer.

The Minister Ed Vaizey thanked Dr Poulter for his thoughtful remarks and said that he showed a superb understanding of the programme and the broadband needs of residents and businesses in Suffolk. The Minister agreed that there have been incidences of BT reneging on its promises of broadband and then not delivering it to certain communities and promised to look into the matter further. The Minister also told Dr Poulter that the Government has a landmark deal with mobile providers to provide 90% geographic coverage for mobile broadband services by the end of 2017.

The Minister agreed to update Dr Poulter on the outcomes of his investigations and made it absolutely clear that all homes and businesses in Suffolk will be receiving superfast broadband.

Speaking after the debate in Parliament, Dr Poulter said "I am very pleased to have brought the debate on broadband to Parliament as this is the single most important issue facing homes, farms and businesses in Suffolk. Improving broadband in Suffolk has always been a top priority for me and I will continue to push the Government to give us the support we need to ensure that every home, farm, business, school and shop in Suffolk receives faster broadband."

Dr Poulter added: "I am also pleased to have gained the Minister's support to investigate the behaviour of BT in its delivery of superfast broadband. BT should be accelerating the roll out of faster broadband, and not acting as a handbrake. I hope BT will have listened to issues I raised in the debate and will work more constructively to support Peter Ingram and the Better Broadband for Suffolk team to roll out superfast broadband to all the homes and businesses in our community".


11 JUL 2015

Dr Dan Takes on Role on Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

Dr Dan Poulter has been elected to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in Parliament, after receiving a majority of votes from his backbench Conservative colleagues for the position.

Dr Poulter will join 11 Parliamentary colleagues on the cross-party Committee which will meet regularly to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its associated public bodies.

With the East of England becoming a hub for offshore wind farms and the future of Sizewell C to be determined, Dr Poulter's role on the Energy and Climage Change Committee will also allow him to hold EDF and other energy companies to account for their activities which affect Suffolk.

Dr Poulter thanked his colleagues who voted for him and said, 'I am delighted to have been elected by my colleagues to sit on the Energy and Climate Change Committee. My role on the Committee will have particular relevance to my constituency of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich as there are a number of major energy issues that will be facing us in the near future, including the construction of Sizewell C. This Committee position will give me a strong opportunity to properly scrutinise some of the important issues that are facing us in Suffolk and to further scruitinise the Government on major energy proposals as well as ensure an evidenced based approach is taken to combatting climate change. I look forward to taking up my role."


10 JUL 2015

Bedfield Fete

The summer fete in Bedfield was a good family day out and over 1000 people attended this year. Dr Dan enjoyed sampling the high quality local food being served, including meat from John Hutton Butchers in Earl Soham.


10 JUL 2015

Willisham Fete

Dr Dan spent the afternoon in Willisham for their annual summer fete and enjoyed meeting and speaking with the stall holders and visitors. The occasion was used as an opportunity to thank Father Bernard who is leaving the Parish after more than 6 years of dedicated service. Dr Dan would like to thank Keith Earl, Chairman of the Parish Council, who took the time to introduce him to the stall holders. All funds raised from the event went to Willisham Church.


10 JUL 2015

Open Cats Protection League Coffee Morning

Dr Dan enjoyed visiting the Framlingham and area Cats Protection League fund raising morning in Kettleburgh on Friday morning, which was hosted by Mrs Kathleen Lusted. Mrs Lusted, who is now aged 94, has been an active fund raiser for the Cats Protection League for over 25 years. Her cat who was with her on Friday enjoyed touring the stalls, as did Dr Dan.


03 JUL 2015

Barham Care Home

One of Suffolk's biggest challenges is looking after and properly supporting our ageing population, and Dr Dan is a regular visitor and supporter of care homes including Barham Care Centre, where met with Prema Fairburn-Dorai to discuss the importance of better supporting our older people and those with long-term medical conditions such as dementia.

Barham Care Centre is an innovative high level care home which provides a range of services to its residents, including respite care, long term nursing, rehabilitation and physiotherapy and dementia care.

Dr Dan will continue to do all he can to support our local care homes and ensure we see a more integrated health and social care service serving the needs of the many communities within Suffolk. The Barham Care Centre stands as an outstanding model of the high quality care that older people in Suffolk deserve.


03 JUL 2015

Barham & Claydon Surgery

As an NHS hospital doctor, Dr Dan understands the importance of first class medical services in Suffolk and has for some time been a lead campaigner in the fight for new facilities for the Barham & Claydon Surgery. Dr Dan had further talks with Dr Naqvi and his team to see what more can be done to support the development of the medical practice for the benefit of local patients and is currently working to ensure that the surgery gets its fair share of funding from the infrastructure payments being made as a result of the Blakenham Fields development.


03 JUL 2015

National Farmers Union Ipswich Branch

With 1 in 8 jobs in many parts of Suffolk related to agriculture, Dr Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and food and drink producers. He regularly visits farms in his constituency and joined members of the Ipswich branch of the National Farmer's Union (NFU) near Helmingham to talk about what more can be done to support our agricultural sector. Dr Dan was pleased to have had the opportunity to gain an insight into the important work carried out by farmers in the preservation and sustainability of our Suffolk countryside, and also to have discussed various topical issues in agriculture with members of the farming community so that he can ensure that Government listens to their concerns.


02 JUL 2015

Dr Dan welcomes progress in road safety campaign at St Pancras Primary School

Last week Dr Dan Poulter returned to St Pancras Primary School to meet with the school council and report on progress he had made in supporting the school road safety campaign.

Road safety issues have been a problem for the school for years, and the pupils first raised concerns about the road safety caused by poor parking and speeding traffic at school drop off and pick up times when Dr Poulter visited the school last year. Following his most recent visit to the school in March, Dr Poulter wrote to Cllr Graham Newman, who was at the time the Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for Roads and Transport demanding action and in support of the children's ideas for improved road safety measures.

As a result of his intervention, Suffolk County Council has agreed to work more closely in the school to improve road safety issues, and the school is examining funding options to support the installation of speed humps outside the school gates.

Dr Poulter said "I am hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of the children working on this important road safety project. Many adults could learn a lot from their community spirit and genuine commitment to resolving road safety problems near their school. I shall continue to work in partnership with the school council and do all I can to support their campaign to make the roads near their school safer. I shall be pressing Suffolk County Council for further action, and shall be returning to St Pancras School later this year to review progress."

Dr Poulter and the children have agreed to continue working together to campaign for speed bumps and other traffic calming measures in the area and to encourage more parents to help children to cycle or walk to school in order to minimise the number of cars dangerously parked on the roads.


27 JUN 2015

Natwest Rugbyforce Comes to Ipswich YM Rugby Club

During this important Rugby World Cup year, Dr Dan dropped in to Ipswich YM Rugby Club to show his support for the club during their annual spring clean in preparation for the new rugby season. As a keen rugby player himself, Dr Dan encourages more young people to get involved in rugby, and other sports, and join the 300 or so youngsters already playing for Ipswich YM.


26 JUN 2015

Dr Dan Launches Rural Safer Driving Initiative SAVID

Dr Dan launched the Safer Village Driving (SAVID) scheme in Clopton with Cllr Tony Fryatt to promote better driving in our rural communities.

Narrow country lanes are not exclusive to motorists but are also used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Speeding and reckless driving pose a serious danger to all road users and so SAVID was formed by a number of villages in the area with the aim of looking at ways of working together to deal with dangerous driving. It endeavours to work with local businesses and relevant public bodies, and Dr Dan strongly supports their scheme and encourages everyone to be aware of their speed.


26 JUN 2015

Dr Dan Gives Awards to Pupils at Castle Hill Junior School

As part of his regular visits to local schools Dr Dan visited Castle Hill Junior School in Ipswich to meet with students and Headmaster Daniel Jones. He enjoyed meeting the children and handing out merit awards and prizes to the hardworking children.

Dr Dan is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed and he will continue to do his best to support them.


26 JUN 2015

Lane Farm Country Foods

Where possible, Dr Dan buys locally and is a great supporter of Suffolk's local farmers and food & drink producers, who play a vital role in our local economy. He enjoyed visiting Lane Farm, a family run farm in Brundish, to meet owners Ian, Sue and Rebecca Whitehead for a tour, and will be working to support the roll out of rural broadband services to Brundish.

Lane Farm has won numerous Great Taste Awards and more recently won the East of England Co-op Sourced Locally Producer of the Year Award. They produce a range of pork products from succulent ham, sausages to salami and bacon to burgers using only the finest and freshest meat reared on the farm itself. For more information, visit http://www.lanefarm.co.uk/.


26 JUN 2015

Dr Dan Opens Local Business Event: Ready for Growth

Dr Dan opened the second annual Ready for Growth event at Framlingham Technology Centre, an event held in partnership with Suffolk Business Hub, Menta and Suffolk Coast Business to encourage enterprises to share ideas and gain inspiration from others.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and Dr Dan regularly visits and gives support to the many small and medium sized companies in Suffolk, which drive economic growth and continue to thrive in our county.


20 JUN 2015

Opening Wickham Skeith Fete

Dr Dan began the summer fete season by opening the Wickham Skeith Fete on Saturday. He was delighted to see another example of the strong community ties that underpin our villages and towns in Suffolk and enjoyed chatting to local residents as he made his way around the various stalls.

Dr Dan would like to extend his thanks to Margaret Evans-Jones for guiding him around the fete, along with all of those who attended or helped with the running of this year's activities. He very much looks forward to visiting again next year.


19 JUN 2015

Gressingham Foods

Dr Dan visited Gressingham Foods again, better known for its famous Gressingham Duck, in Debach to speak with Managing Director Geoffrey Buchanan for an update on how well the business is doing. Gressingham Foods has grown to become one of Suffolk's largest food producers, employing over 500 people across 20 different farms in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Locally produced food and drink forms a key part of life in Suffolk, bringing enormous benefits to the local economy, communities and the environment. Whilst supermarkets have an important role to play in providing affordable food, Dr Dan knows that residents in Suffolk value the opportunity to support local producers by purchasing food and drink that is from their local area.

For more information about Gressingham Foods, visit http://www.gressinghamduck.co.uk/.


19 JUN 2015

Dr Dan Meets the Eco Council at Otley Primary School

Otley Primary School invited Dr Dan to visit the school and speak with the students of the Eco Council about what he does as their local MP and as an NHS hospital doctor. He answered very interesting and informed questions from the pupils on topics such as how often he meets the Prime Minister to what progress is being made on faster rural broadband speeds.


19 JUN 2015

Roland Plastics Ltd

Dr Dan visited Roland Plastics Ltd in Wickham Market, which supports the local economy and offers local employment opportunities, to meet with Directors Ben Emerson and Jonathan Paul, Ursula, the Sales Director, and the other staff members. Dr Dan toured the factory and heard how the company has been re-energised by Ben and Jonathan after they brought ownership of the firm back to Suffolk from an American company.

Roland Plastics Ltd is a local manufacturing firm which specialises in plastic injected mouldings producing precision plastic articles for many different industries in all shapes, sizes and colours. They supply national organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, Highways and a diverse variety of industries which offer them a tremendous potential for growth. In addition to the UK market the firms also export to the US, Mexico, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Faroe Islands and the many EU countries.

For more information, visit www.rolandplastics.com.


12 JUN 2015

Dr Dan raises concerns about Eye Power Station with Secretary of State

"Dr Dan Poulter has written to Amber Rudd MP, newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to oppose plans to build a large scale power station and energy substation in the Eye area.

The energy company Progress Power put in a proposal to build the power station, which will be one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, and a large energy substation in the open countryside near Yaxley. The plans had been met with fierce opposition from local residents and parish councils and Dr Poulter has supported them at every stage. In January he wrote to the Planning Inspectorate to make it clear that Progress Power's plans were unacceptable and would destroy the rural character of rural North Suffolk.

The proposal has now been referred by the Planning Inspectorate to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to make a final decision based upon the recommendations of the Planning Inspector.

In his letter, Dr Poulter made clear to the Secretary of State that there were few economic benefits to Suffolk in building the power station, and the cost would be huge with the needless destruction of one of the most beautiful parts of the Suffolk countryside. The massing and scale of the energy substation close to Yaxley would mean that the building could be seen from almost as far away as Norwich, and Dr Poulter has told the Secretary of State that this would represent an unacceptable over-industralisation and permanent change in the rural landscape.

Dr Poulter said "If the plan for a power station goes ahead it could blight the lives of many local residents and irrevocably change the character of the area. This is a place of great natural beauty which will be spoiled forever. I have asked the Secretary of State to look into the matter and consider my concerns and those of local residents when reviewing the recommendation of the Planning Inspector".

Dr Poulter added "This situation could have been avoided if Progress Power had worked more closely with local residents and done more to mitigate the impact and the visual damage that will be caused by their plans for a energy substation near Yaxley."


07 JUN 2015

Dr Dan Presents Hospice Long Service Awards

On Sunday, Dr Dan presented the awards at the St Elizabeth Hospice Long Service Awards Ceremony at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

He was pleased to have been able to participate in this special occasion and honoured to have been asked to present the awards to the many deserving volunteers, some of whom have been working with the hospice for over 20 years, who have taken their time to help at the hospice in a variety of different ways; working in the shop, fundraising, and helping patients.

Dr Dan is a great supporter of the St Elizabeth Hospice which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The hospice relies on charitable donations to carry out their work and the volunteers work tirelessly to help look after residents. Dr Dan was pleased to have been able to present awards to the very deserving volunteers.


28 MAY 2015

Suffolk Show 2015

Dr Dan was absolutely delighted to be able to attend this year's Suffolk show at Trinity Park. There was an exceptional turnout that was no doubt influenced by the fantastic weather.

The show offers a great opportunity to see some of the many different types of businesses that are based in Suffolk, from the very small traders to the larger household names. You are also able to enjoy the many different aspects of Suffolk life, from the traditional cattle shows to culinary displays and fashion. Dr Dan was pleased to be able to drop by and speak to the New Anglia Growth Hub and the Framlingham Business Association amongst other organisations.

Dr Dan would like to congratulate everybody who played a part in this year's show; it was a great success and is an outstanding advert for our vibrant county of Suffolk. He is looking forward to attending again next year.


25 MAY 2015

Framlingham Gala

On Bank Holiday Monday Dr Dan visited the Framlingham Gala where he was accompanied on the Gala parade by James Cantrell. As always it was a memorable occasion and Dr Dan enjoyed meeting the many community groups taking part in the festivities. The money raised by the Gala goes to supporting the activities of Framlingham Sports Club and other community events.


22 MAY 2015

E Rand and Sons Ltd

In their centenary year, Dr Dan visited the staff and managers of E Rand and Sons, a family owned engineering company in Great Blakenham which supplies, installs and services diesel and gas engines. He enjoyed speaking to Jon Clarke and meeting the other staff members and visiting the workshop.


22 MAY 2015

MP updates St Pancras Primary School on road safety measures

Dr Dan revisited the School Council at St Pancras Primary School to update them on road safety measures surrounding the school.

Dr Dan first visited the school last year where the students presented him with a package of road safety measures that they would like to see implemented to improve road safety around their school. Dr Dan wrote to Suffolk County Council and read the children the response from the portfolio holder for roads and transport. Dr Dan will now work with the children to push for speed bumps in the road and promote measures such as walking and cycling to school.


22 MAY 2015

Easton Pre-school

Dr Dan popped in to Easton pre-school on Friday morning to chat with the staff and join the children outside in the sunshine. The pre-school serves communities from Easton and many other surrounding towns. Sandy herself has been at the pre-school for 25 years and Dr Dan enjoyed speaking to her about her experiences and their plans to expand. He was very pleased to see how happy the children were and how nice the environment was to support their growth.

Easton pre school focuses on communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development, as well as literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive art and design.


15 MAY 2015

Thank You

"I was honoured to be returned as Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich last Friday and delighted to be given the added bonus of an increased majority. I would like to thank everyone for the confidence that they have shown in me and for the great support for which I am enormously appreciative.

During the election campaign, my team and I visited every part of the constituency on at least one occasion – from Palgrave and Metfield in the North, Kesgrave and North Ipswich in the South, Wickham Market in the East, Cotton in the West and many more in between. I was very pleased that the election period allowed me to give my undivided attention to residents as well as giving me the opportunity to listen to people's views and have numerous conversations which will help me to better represent you over the next five years.

I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me during the five years of the last Parliament as well as during the weeks of the election campaign and, of course, my thanks go to everyone that voted for me in the General Election. I am also enormously grateful for the hundreds of messages of support and encouragement that I have received.

In the months and years ahead, my priority will always be to represent the people of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to the best of my ability. I shall be fulfilling my promises to support our NHS throughout the constituency, to protect Suffolk's countryside and to work with County Council colleagues to improve broadband coverage and mobile phone reception in our County.

It is an enormous honour and privilege to be elected to represent the residents of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich again in Parliament and I shall do my utmost to fulfil the trust that has been placed in me and continue to work hard and do my best for all my constituents."


04 MAY 2015

Mendlesham Street Fair

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.Events like the Mendlesham Street Fair demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and stalls.


29 APR 2015

Stradbroke School Hustings

Dan was delighted to take part in the election hustings held at Stradbroke School. He thoroughly enjoyed taking part and thought the students were exemplary.

He would like to thank Head Teacher Mr Andrew Bloom and all the students for organising the event.


27 APR 2015

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Dr Dan Poulter has been leading the campaign for better broadband services for Suffolk and has helped secure £27 million from the Government for faster broadband.

Thanks to Dr Dan, 90% of Suffolk's homes are due to receive high speed broadband by the end of 2015. And thanks to a second wave of Conservative led Government funding, 95% of homes in Suffolk will receive high speed broadband by 2018.

Each and every home in Suffolk will be guaranteed a better broadband service.


Dan in Great Blakenham by new high speed broadband cabinet


12 APR 2015

Framlingham Country Show

Dan was delighted to visit this years Framlingham Country Show. Dan is a great supporter of Suffolk's food and drink producers and takes every opportunity to support them.

The Framlingham Country Show celebrates the very best of Suffolk and Dan is very much looking forward to visiting again next year.


27 MAR 2015

Debenham Shops

As a great supporter of our local businesses and producers, Dr Dan took the time on Friday afternoon to tour the rest of the shops in Debenham that he had not managed to see on his last visit. Dr Dan joined Eddie Alcock OBE and Kathie Guthrie and caught up with the shopkeepers and customers to listen to their views on how their businesses are doing.


27 MAR 2015

Mendlesham Pre-school

Dr Dan visited Mendlesham Pre-school to catch up with the staff and meet the pupils. He was delighted to see the dedicated and fantastic work that the staff do in caring for the children, and he enjoyed joining them for story-time. Dr Dan continues to work with our teachers and schools to help give our children and grandchildren the very best possible start in life.


27 MAR 2015

NFU Breakfast

Dan was delighted to attend a breakfast organised by the Ipswich Branch of the NFU. Dan was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss various matters with members of the farming community.

With 1 in 8 jobs in Suffolk related to Agriculture Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and food and drink producers.


26 MAR 2015

Diabetes UK

Diabetes is a common health condition which can cause lifelong, debilitating health problems. As a Government health minister and an NHS hospital doctor, Dr Dan was pleased to be invited to launch the new Diabetes UK support group for Ipswich and East Suffolk with the Diabetes UK President Richard Lane OBE. Dr Dan spoke to those diagnosed with diabetes to raise awareness of what the condition is, how it is caused and what treatment is available, and he was encouraged by the support that the Diabetes UK group offers to those with diabetes and their families.


20 MAR 2015

Dr Dan Revisits Eye Shops

Dr Dan took another tour of the shops in Eye accompanied by Cllr Charles Flatman, who introduced him to many of the shop owners, employees and customers.

Small and medium-sized shops and businesses are the lifeblood of our economy in Suffolk by providing jobs for local people, driving economic growth and giving market towns like Eye their unique identity.


19 MAR 2015

Larking Gowen Budget Lunch at Wherstead Park, Ipswich

The day after the Chancellor George Osborne presented the Government's last budget of the Parliament, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to discuss the Budget at a lunch attended by representatives of over 100 local businesses.

This year's budget has many benefits for businesses in the East of England and introduced the Broadband Connection Voucher scheme. Dr Dan has been at the vanguard of the campaign to improve Suffolk's broadband and helped secure £27 million of Government funds to deliver high speed broadband to 90% of Suffolk's homes by the end of 2015. He welcomed this new Government initiative, which provides up to £3,000 to support broadband connection and is open to all SME's, charities, social enterprises and sole traders, as a helpful addition to the good work already done in bringing high speed broadband to our area.

Dr Dan also warmly welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to the East Anglian Air Ambulance by providing funding for a new lifesaving helicopter which will have more room for extra crew members and the ability to fly over greater distances.


13 MAR 2015

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

Dr Dan enjoyed his tour of Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm by the owner, Richard Storer, and he had the opportunity to see some of the rare breeds they keep, mainly pigs, sheep and highland cattle. Dr Dan heard about their breeding programmes and what they are doing to keep these breeds going.

Baylham House Farm relies on volunteer help, including from students of Easton and Otley College as part of their courses. Where it can be increasingly difficult for vet students to get real life experience dealing with large farm animals, Baylham House Farm offers this exciting opportuntity.

For more information, visit their website: http://baylham-house-farm.co.uk/.


13 MAR 2015

Pupils and MP in Road Safety Bid

North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has linked up with young pupils at St Pancras Primary School to press for road improvements in the Stratford Road area of the town.

The Roman Catholic primary's school council has been looking at how to make the nearby roads safer - and found that many local people are worried that either a child or an older resident could be involved in a road accident.

They have come up with ideas to make the road safer, and Dr Poulter will help them take these to the county council in a bid to improve safety.

After an earlier visit to the school to discuss the problems with the school council - made up of pupils from five to 11 - Dr Poulter returned to hear what they had found out.

He said: "This is very important work they have done finding out the dangers and what people would like to see happen to make things safer here.

"I shall speak to the county council about this and see if we can get the cabinet member for transport (Graham Newman) along to the school to hear what they have found out. I think there is a very good chance some of their suggestions might be taken up by the county."

Suggestions include introducing a one-way system near the school, putting in road-calming measures, and establishing a drop-off point for parents who bring their children to the school by car.

Headteacher Stephen Barker said the youngsters had enjoyed taking part in the survey, and it had been a good way of teaching them how they can help make decisions in the future.

(Article in Ipswich Star - Monday 16 March 2015)


07 MAR 2015

Joining Cotton Residents at Community Cafe

Dr Dan was pleased to be invited to join Cotton residents again at their Community Café in Cotton Village Hall on Saturday morning. Keeping in touch with residents is one of Dr Dan's main priorities and events such as the Cotton coffee morning give him the opportunity to listen to the views and opinions of local residents and tell people of the work he is doing on their behalf in the constituency and in Westminster.


06 MAR 2015

Supporting Local Producers in Wickham Market

Dr Dan is a great supporter of our local businesses and always enjoys visiting shops and meeting shop owners and shoppers. Last weekend he enjoyed a tour in the sunshine of the many shops and cafés in Wickham Market and showing his support for our local producers and businesses.


27 FEB 2015

Creeting St Mary Primary School

The Year 6 students of Creeting St Mary Primary School recently visited Westminster and Dr Dan was pleased to visit the school again and meet with them to discuss a number of varied subjects. The subjects that they chose included the warning against driving under the influence of drugs and Dr Dan's opinion as an NHS doctor, why Dr Dan decided to become an MP and what it is like to be interviewed on television.


27 FEB 2015

Students from Wetheringsett Primary School question Dr Dan on whether he has met the Queen

Dr Dan is a regular visitor to the schools in his constituency and enjoyed visiting Wetheringsett Primary School again to speak to Year 6 students. The pupils, who recently visited Parliament, asked Dr Dan many interesting questions which ranged from what Dr Dan does in his free time when he is not in Westminster, working as an NHS doctor, or out and about in the constituency, to whether he has ever met the Queen.


24 FEB 2015

MP Questioned by VI Form Politics Students

A group of VI form students from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham had the opportunity to question Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter when they met him for a question and answer session in the Houses of Parliament this week.

After watching Dr Dan respond live to Health Oral Questions in the Commons Chamber in his capacity as a Government Health Minister, the Government and Politics students spoke with Dr Dan and asked him their own questions on a range of topics, from why Dr Dan decided to become an MP alongside his role as an NHS hospital doctor, to how he represents them as young constituents.

Dr Dan, who has visited Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham on a number of occasions, commented:

"A trip to Westminster is always a memorable experience and an opportunity for young people to learn about Britain's democracy and its legislation process outside of the classroom.

It is an important priority for me to take the time out of my busy schedule to speak with younger constituents about my role as their MP and as a Government Health Minister in order to encourage their interests in how the Government works, and I was pleased that the students could watch me in the Chamber. The students of Thomas Mills High School asked very intelligent and informed questions afterwards and I welcomed the opportunity to answer them. I look forward to visiting the school again in the near future."


20 FEB 2015

Sackers Recycling Creating Local Jobs

Sackers Recycling is a family owned, family run business in Great Blakenham specialising in total waste management. Dr Dan met with the management of Sackers Recycling to talk about business regulation and to listen to how successfully their business is expanding and supporting Suffolk's local economy by taking on apprentices and creating local jobs.


20 FEB 2015

Supporting Excellent Care at St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich

Dr Dan visited the residents for lunch at St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, who provide dedicated palliative care to patients, family and friends at difficult times in their lives. Dr Dan is actively involved in donating and fundraising in support of this excellent charitable care organisation and as an NHS hospital doctor and a Government health minister he was impressed by the commitment and hard work of the staff and would like to thank Hannah for showing him around.

More information about St Elizabeth Hospice and the excellent work they do can be found at www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.


19 FEB 2015

Dr Dan Updates Hartismere League of Friends on Improved Opportunities for the Hospital

Dr Dan met with Hartismere Hospital League of Friends to update them on the progress being made to expand the opportunities at the community Hospital. Dr Dan was successful in securing £1.5million for the refurbishment of the Hospital and is now working with the League of Friends to improve the facilities available for patients on site. As an NHS hospital doctor, Dr Dan prioritises patient services and understands the importance of Hartismere Community Hospital providing the best healthcare service for the local community.


18 FEB 2015

Touring Local Shops in Debenham

Dr Dan is a strong supporter of Suffolk's shops and stores and buys his food and drink locally. He joined Councillor Kathie Guthrie and former County Councillor Eddie Alcock OBE to visit the shops in Debenham, which was a great opportunity for him to meet the shopkeepers and local residents who support their town's services, and talk with them about important local issues including the roll out of faster broadband.


18 FEB 2015

Dr Dan Visits Framlingham's Shops

A regular shopper in his local shops in Framlingham, Dr Dan spent Wednesday morning visiting the cafés, pharmacies and retail shops of Framlingham to speak to the owners and shopkeepers about how well their local businesses are progressing in this vibrant Suffolk town.


13 FEB 2015

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast

Dr Dan is a great supporter of our local businesses in Suffolk and was delighted to be invited to deliver a keynote speech to representatives of over 50 businesses at a business breakfast organised by Ipswich Chamber of Commerce at Fynn Valley Golf Club.

He spoke about the success stories amongst many local businesses and the good news that apprentiships in Suffolk have doubled and youth unemployment has halved during the past five years.

Suffolk's businesses play a vital role in our local economy and Dr Dan will always do all he can to help them grow and employ more local people.


12 FEB 2015

Listening to Great Blakenham

Dan returned to Great Blakenham with County Council Leader Mark Bee as a follow up to last year's Meet Your MP meeting. He and Mark Bee discussed with residents the results of his Great Blakenham wide survey.

Dan would like to thank all the residents who attended the meeting.


12 FEB 2015

Dr Dan Supporting Antenatal Care at Daisy Birthing, Kesgrave

As a practicing NHS doctor, Dr Dan knows how important it is for pregnant women and new mums to get the right physical and emotional support at such a happy but challenging time. He enjoyed seeing The Daisy Foundation in Kesgrave offering pregnant women personalised care and support during antenatal preparation, and sat in on one of their classes to talk to the women about their experiences from pregnancy to parenthood.

For more information about The Daisy Foundation, visit http://thedaisyfoundation.com/


06 FEB 2015

Rushmere St Andrew Flooding Update

Dr Dan called a meeting to review progress on work being carried out by Anglian Water and Suffolk County Council to stop flooding problems in Rushmere St Andrew. Last summer, Dr Dan intervened to demand action, after he was contacted by a number of residents concerned about long standing flooding problems on The Street close to Chesnut Pond. Suffolk County Council have already taken steps to improve road drainage, but there is more still to be done. Dr Dan was pleased that both the County Council and Anglian Water will now be working together to continue to help improve the situation for residents who have suffered terrible flooding to their properties.


06 FEB 2015

Dr Dan Succeeds In Ending Daimler Road Flooding Misery

When he was first elected as our MP, Dr Dan took up the case of residents in the Daimler Road area of North West Ipswich who had been sufferring from damage to their properties and gardens, as a result of flash flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. Following his intervention on behalf of residents, Suffolk County Council and Anglian Water have now completed measures to improve local drainage. Dr Dan visited the site with local operations managers from Anglian Water to see the new sustainable drainage system and underground storage tank which will lessen the volume and flow of water on Kerry Avenue, Lovetofts Drive and Daimler Road during periods of heavy rainfall, and much better protect residents from the risk of flooding.


06 FEB 2015

Dr Dan Drops Into Cafe 66

Dr Dan was pleased to see Chloe and the team again when he dropped in for lunch at Cafe 66 in Kesgrave; a community cafe which is run by staff with learning disabilities. Cafe 66 is a friendly and welcoming environment where people can come for lunch and company, and enjoy high quality food which is freshly prepared by the Cafe 66 team. Dr Dan enjoyed his lunch and speaking to members of the Cafe 66 team, as well as many people from Kesgrave who had stopped by for lunch.

To support Cafe 66 and for more information, visit http://www.cafe66.org.uk.


06 FEB 2015

Dr Dan joins Cedarwood Primary School School Council Meeting

At one of his regular school visits, Dr Dan joined pupils on the School Council when he visited Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave. During a Q&A session Dr Dan spoke about his role as an MP and as an NHS hospital doctor, as well as listening to the pupils' ideas and suggestions on how to improve their school. Dr Dan was very encouraged by the enthusiasm of the pupils taking an interest in democracy at such a young age.


06 FEB 2015

Supporting Small Businesses at UK Export Finance Breakfast

Dr Dan started his Friday at the UK Export Finance Breakfast Event in Kesgrave, to listen to and talk with experts about the finance opportunities for small businesses in Suffolk. Dr Dan is a strong supporter of Suffolk's small businesses and the breakfast event helped bring a number of banks and finance companies together to talk about the ways they can provide better support for our small businesses.

UK Export Finance is the UK's export credit agency and it helps UK exporters by providing insurance to exporters and guarantees to banks to share the risks of providing export finance. UKEF helps small businesses that are unable to get some form of credit guarantee or insurance from the private market. More information about UKEF can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance.


23 JAN 2015

The Future Looks Bright for Hartismere Hospital Following Dr Dan's Meeting with Local Health Chiefs

Plans to make Hartismere Hospital more of a health-hub for North Suffolk and South Norfolk came one step closer following a meeting of local health bosses on Friday 23 January 2015, called by Dr Dan. Dr Dan, who continues to work as an NHS doctor in an unpaid capacity alongside his role as an MP and Government Health minister, was delighted that the meeting confirmed Norfolk CCG's commitment to allow Hartismere to be used by patients from the Diss area from 2016, which will provide a big funding boost to the much loved community hospital.

Following an ongoing campaign from Dr Dan, it was also confirmed that Hartismere Hospital has recently expanded the services it offers for children with autism, and that there are also new additional physiotherapy services being run from the site.

Dr Dan Poulter has long campaigned to increase NHS services offered at Hartismere Hospital and played a key role in keeping the hospital open and gaining £1.5 million for a refurbishment of Hartismere in 2012.

The hospital currently offers services including podiatry, continence, mental health, diagnostics, and rehabilitation and the new commitment of funding from Norfolk will help to expand these. There are also plans to offer NHS beds for rehabilitation and respite care at Hartismere as part of a new care home development.

Nick Hulme, the Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital was also present and confirmed that Ipswich is also investigating how Hartismere could potentially provide additional close to home care and more outpatient services for patients in rural areas, and Cllr Alan Murray confirmed that Suffolk County Council would examine the opportunities to better use Hartismere as a health and care hub.

Commenting on the positive outcome of the meeting, Dr Dan Poulter said:

"Having played a key role in helping to gain £1.5 million for the refurbishment of Hartismere, I have long campaigned for a strong future for the hospital. Following this meeting, we can now look forward to more funding coming into Hartismere from Norfolk CCG, and I am pleased that Ipswich hospital are supporting opportunities to better integrate care for people in rural areas, particularly the frail elderly. I am also grateful that Suffolk County Council also recognise the potential that Hartismere has to better integrate health and social care for the benefit of local families."


23 JAN 2015

Taking a Tour of the Woodlands Unit at Ipswich Hospital

Dr Dan paid another visit to the Woodlands mental health unit, based on the Ipswich Hospital site. The unit treats adults of all ages experiencing acute mental health issues who are unable to receive an appropriate level of care in the community. Dr Dan met with the hard-working staff members and was taken on a tour of the unit where he was also able to speak to patients about their experiences of the ward.

As an NHS doctor who continues to practice medicine in an unpaid capacity, Dr Dan recognises the unique challenges presented by caring for and treating those with mental illness and was impressed with the dedication of the NHS teams working hard to ensure that the patients at Woodlands receive the very best possible care.


23 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Returns to Award-Winning Nursing Home

Dr Dan was delighted to return to Foxearth Lodge Nursing Home in Saxtead, where he is a regular visitor, and very proudly presented staff with the Gold Standards Framework Care Homes Accreditation Award. Foxearth Lodge is one of only 65 care homes to have received the award at 'Beacon Status', the highest grade possible for end of life care. Dr Dan would like to again congratulate the hard work and effort of the owners James and Hayley Cantrell, along with all their excellent staff, who continue to ensure that the residents of Foxearth Lodge receive the highest standards of care.


22 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Joins Framlingham Scouts to Celebrate Burns Night

To celebrate Burns Night, Dr Dan joined the Framlingham Scouts to try out his cooking skills and to enjoy eating the haggis that they made. It was a pleasure for Dr Dan to see the Scouts so engaged in their task and he very much enjoyed sampling their cooking.


20 JAN 2015

Sir Robert Hitchams Primary School Visits Dr Dan in Parliament

Students from Sir Robert Hitchams Primary School in Framlingham visited Dr Dan in Parliament for a tour and question and answer session. Dr Dan was impressed with the wide range of questions from the students, ranging from the NHS, new housing developments in Framlingham to how the Government is protecting us against terrorism.


20 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Objects to Proposed Eye Power Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Dan has thrown his support behind local residents objecting to Progress Power's proposed construction of a gas fired power plant in Eye.

Dr Dan wrote a letter to the Planning Inspectorate in which he added his strong objections to those already expressed by many of his constituents including the community group Eye Airfield Parishes Working Group (EAPWG). Dr Dan raised concerns over the unsuitability of the location of both the gas fired plant and the separate electrical connection compound (substation) and the adverse impact they would have on the lives of people living in the area.

In his letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Dr Dan made clear his concerns over Eye being an unsuitable site for the power plant and that the substation in particular would be damaging to the rural character of the area. The loss of greenfield land which has always been used for farming and the construction of up to five large gas turbine generating units would forever change the character of the town and adversely affect tourism, an important element of the local economy.

Dr Dan said, "I have written to the Planning Inspectorate making it clear that I cannot support the proposal for the Eye power plant. I am disappointed that Progress Power has not given enough consideration to the concerns raised by residents and I fully support the Eye Airfield Parishes Working Group in their objections to Progress Power's proposals."

Cllr David Burn, the Chairman of Eye Airfield Parishes Working Group, added, "Dr Poulter has always taken a keen interest in the communities surrounding the airfield and his support on this occasion is very much appreciated. It is good to know that Dr Poulter is willing not just to listen to our concerns but to do something about them".


16 JAN 2015

Dr Dan backs plan for Ipswich Hockey Hub

Dr Dan met with Ipswich Sports Club to support their plans to develop sports and hockey facilities and to encourage more young people to take up hockey. Dr Dan will be working to support the club in their plans for a new 'hockey hub' in Ipswich.


16 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Holds Metfield Residents Meeting

At one of his regualr meet your MP meetings: in Metfield, Dr Dan spoke with residents about local issues including the timetable for the provision of superfast broadband. Dr Dan invited Peter Ingram from Better Broadband Suffolk to update residents about the progress of the implementation of high speed broadband and explained to the residents that they will soon be enjoying broadband speeds of up to 80mbps, which is faster than in some parts of London.

Dr Dan is proud to have played a key role in securing £27 million of Government funding to enable the improvement of broadband services in Suffolk.


16 JAN 2015

Taking Time Out To Talk To Students at Stradbroke

Dr Dan had a very enjoyable visit to Stradbroke School to talk to students about his work as an MP, a Government health minister and an NHS hospital doctor. There were some very insightful questions from students and Dr Dan took questions about his role as an MP, and other subjects including medical ethics.


16 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Presents Certificates at Thames Ambulance Academy Awards

Dr Dan was honoured to present certificates and awards at the Thames Ambulance Academy Awards to six students who had completed their training, including 3 outstanding achievers with trophies for Best Recruit, Best Theory student and Best Practical student.

As a NHS hospital doctor and a Government health minister, Dr Dan is always extremely supportive of our frontline medical staff and opportunities which enable training for people who chose a career in the health service.


14 JAN 2015

Dr Dan visited by Kesgrave Students in Parliament

Kesgrave High School Government & Politics Students and Staff Visit Dr Dan in Parliament

After their tour of the building, Dr Dan was pleased to be able to spend time with the students and talk to them about his work as an NHS doctor, his role as our local MP, and his work as a Government health minister. Dr  Dan led a 30 minute question and answer session with the students, and discussed how he has helped to improve opportunities for young people in the constituency with 230 more apprenticeships since 2010, as well as how he helped to deliver a new heart unit for Ipswich Hospital.


10 JAN 2015

Dr Dan Enters New Year Fitness Challenge For MPs

Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Government Health Minister has joined forces with Men's Health Magazine for an 8 week Parliamentary fitness challenge. The results will be revealed in April together with a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Two other MPs, from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, will also be taking up the fitness challenge which aims to show that even people with the busiest lives, can get fit. Dr Dan who regularly works between 70 and 80 hour a week as our local MP, Government Health Minister and (unpaid) NHS doctor, has welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate that even those with the busiest lives can make time to exercise and improve their health and wellbeing.

Dr Dan Poulter said: "As a Government Health Minister, and as a doctor, I believe that it is important to lead by example, and make 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. I am already a keen sportsman, and play rugby when time permits, but there is always more you can do. I hope that my efforts will help to encourage other people with busy lives to make small changes to improve their health and fitness."

Daniel Masoliver, features editor at Men's Health, added: "Time is often cited as the biggest barrier to people adopting healthier lifestyles, as they try to juggle their busy working, social and family lives. Making time for exercise and healthy nutritional choices can often feel like a luxury they simply can't afford.

We hope, however, that this feature will prove that no-one is too busy to take care of their physical health, and that Dr Poulter and the other Members of Parliament involved will inspire readers to make their own healthy choices."


23 DEC 2014

Dr Dan Joins Our Emergency Services On The Frontline Over The Festive Period

As we spend Christmas safe in our homes with our friends and family, it is important to remember that there are many people who will not be enjoying a holiday because they will be working to make sure that the rest of us are able to have a safe and enjoyable time.

As usual for this time of year, Dr Dan spent Friday and Saturday night last weekend with the front line staff of our emergency services. On Friday, Dr Dan patrolled the streets of Ipswich with Pc James Perrier, Sgt Joanne Towell and some of our police officers for one of their pre-Christmas night shifts over the busiest weekend of the year.

On Saturday, Dr Dan joined an ambulance crew responding to emergencies on the late night shift. The hardworking front line teams do a remarkable job in often challenging circumstances and regardless of the severity or complexity of their problem, they look after every patient in a professional and compassionate way.

This Christmas and New Year when most people are enjoying themselves, Dr Dan remembers his Christmas shifts as an NHS hospital doctor and took the time to thank these dedicated people who help make our holiday period safe and enjoyable, in particular those who accompanied him this weekend.


22 DEC 2014

Christmas at Ipswich Hospital Children's Ward

Whilst we may be spending Christmas at home with our friends and family, Dr Dan thought it important to take time out to visit the Children's Ward at Ipswich Hospital to meet the children, some of whom may be spending Christmas in hospital. Together with Ipswich Hospital Chief Executive Nick Hulme, Dr Dan gave them gifts of fruit, and spent the afternoon talking with the children and their friends and families. 


22 DEC 2014

A Christmas Visit To Mills Meadow Care Home In Framlingham

Dr Dan visited the residents of Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham with County Councillors Alan Murray and Stephen Burroughes to talk to residents and staff and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Mills Meadow Care Home opened its new state of the art building in September this year and the new building provides residential care for up to 30 residents. During the difficult time of finding a care home for a family member, Mills Meadow supports families through the experience and Dr Dan was impressed with the dedicated work of the manager Sue Hill and her team in looking after their residents.


19 DEC 2014

Dr Dan celebrates Christmas with Bramford Carol Service

Dr Dan celebrated Christmas with the Bramford community by attending their carol service on Friday evening and gave a reading during the service. He enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate with Bramford and hopes they all have a lovely Christmas.


19 DEC 2014

Dr Dan joins the Worlingworth Over 60s Christmas Party

The Christmas spirit brings communities together and Dr Dan joined over 80 people from Worlingworth and surrounding communities for their annual over 60s Christmas Party. Dr Dan would like to thank Geoffrey & Janette Robinson for the lovely lunch and for all they did to make the event such a success.


19 DEC 2014

A New Surgery For Barham & Claydon Is A Step Closer

Suffolk's health services are to get a boost next year with an extra £22 million of Government funding. Dr Dan saw first hand how essential this money will be when he visited Barham and Claydon Surgery again last weekend.

As both an NHS hospital doctor and a Health Minister, Dr Dan understands the importance of first class medical services in Suffolk and talked with Dr Naqvi about the 25 year campaign to replace the current facilities with a new surgery. 

Dr Dan has been a lead campaigner in the fight for a new surgery in Claydon and Barham, and will be meeting with local planners and NHS bosses in the new year to help secure the cash to get the new surgery built.


13 DEC 2014

Broomhill Christmas Fete

On Saturday Dr Dan was in North Ipswich at Westbourne Library attending the Broomhill Christmas fete.

Always a strong supporter of the area, particularly the library and the campaign for Broomhill pool, Dr Dan was pleased to have the opportunity of supporting the Christmas fete. As well as many stalls displaying Christmas goods there was an exhibition of the many famous people that have come from the area.

Dan thanked and congratulated the organisers and all those that took part in the fete.


12 DEC 2014

Wickham Market Community Training Project

Dr Dan presented certificates at the third Wickham Market Community Training Projects awards ceremony once again on Friday, and would like to thank Mrs Pam Bell and all those involved with Wickham Market Respite & Care, and congratulate them on the great work they do.

As the government minister that brought the Care Bill through Parliament, Dr Dan takes particular interest in the Wickham Market Community Training Project which started in 2011 and has since trained hundreds of people in various aspects of care and has helped some young people go on to find jobs in the care sector. The project provides free Health and Social Care Education and Training for family carers, volunteers and peope who live or work in Wickham Market and the surrounding area.


12 DEC 2014

Suffolk One

Dr Dan was invited to Suffolk One Sixth Form College in Ipswich to speak to enthusiastic and committed students who were thinking of pursuing a career in the health sector, in a diverse range of specialities including midwifery, paramedics and GPs. As an NHS doctor and a Health Minister, Dr Dan takes an active role in encouraging young people to join the medical profession and knows what a rewarding career it can be.

There is still more to do to ensure that the world of medicine truly represents modern Britain, but today more than half of medical students are women, which was also evident in the number of women attending the meeting, and the profession has become much more ethnically diverse.


12 DEC 2014

Baylham Care Centre

One of Suffolk's biggest challenges is looking after and properly supporting our ageing population, and Dr Dan is a regular visitor and supporter of care homes such as Baylham Care Centre which he visited on Friday.

Dr Dan enjoyed making Christmas items and games with the residents and with the Manager, Mrs Sandy Oxborrow, and he was particularly impressed with the high level care and innovative, tailored care services used to help those people who are suffering from dementia.

We need to see a more integrated health and social care service and Baylham Care Centre is a great example of how to provide this integrated care.


12 DEC 2014

Suffolk Oxygen Therapy Centre

At a visit to Suffolk Oxygen Therapy Centre in Great Blakenham, Dr Dan met some of the operators, volunteers and users of the service and saw one of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chambers in operation. Dr Dan was very impressed with the friendly and informal, but very professional character of the centre.

Suffolk Oxygen Therapy Centre was set up over 30 years ago and was one of the first of its kind to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to people with Multiple Sclerosis and other conditions. The centre is entirely funded from donations.


06 DEC 2014

Mendham Christmas Fair

On Saturday 6 December, Dr Dan visited the annual Christmas Fair at Mendham. He thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet stall holders and residents.

The money raised from the fair will support improvements and repairs to the church. 

 


06 DEC 2014

Hoxne Bazaar

At this time of year, many of Suffolk's communities come together to put on Christmas fayres, bazaars and markets to usher in and celebrate the festive season, and Dr Dan visits and supports as many as he can.

Dr Dan is a regular visitor to Hoxne. On Saturday, he joined the community at the annual Christmas Bazaar, and would like to thank everyone who made it such a great success.


05 DEC 2014

Eye Christmas Lights Switch On

Dr Dan joined Eye's Mayor: Cllr Caroline Byles, and Susan Kaye for one of Suffolk's most popular Christmas events: late night shopping and the Christmas lights switch on in Eye. Susan was chosen by the residents of Eye to switch on the Christmas lights. Before the big switch on, the children of Eye Primary school entertained the crowd with some beautifully sung Christmas carols, and Dr Dan thanked the organisers for putting together such an impressive event for the community.

Dr Dan then accompanied Susan and Caroline, around the town to choose the winner of the best Christmas window competition. After visiting every shop in Eye and much deliberation, Fleurs Artisan, Florist and Greengrocer was declared the winner.

Dr Dan would like to thank all those who have worked so hard in Eye to make the town look so special and the evening such a fantastic success.


05 DEC 2014

Felgains

As a great supporter of our local businesses, Dr Dan made his second visit this year to the award winning Ipswich medical supplies company, Felgains. He spent the afternoon learning more about the business, and talking to some of the specialist technicians who repair and test the medical equipment.

Felgains of Knightsdale Road Ipswich design specialist armchairs, beds, mattresses and other accessories, designed to help improve the daily lives of patients. Some of their newest designs, which improve care for patients with mobility problems, are currently being trialled at the James Paget Hospital.


05 DEC 2014

Kettleburgh Coffee Morning

Dr Dan dropped into the regular village coffee morning in Kettleburgh on Friday.

Every week Dr Dan is out and about, talking and listening to residents. The coffee morning was attended by over 30 people and raised money for improvements to the village hall. 


01 DEC 2014

Dr Dan visits Scarlett & Mustard

Dan visited the seven-strong team at an award-winning food firm based at Earl Soham, near Framlingham.

Scarlett & Mustard co-founders Sandy Ruddock & Julian Pollard, showed Dan their new premises and introduced him to the team.

They also discussed recent schemes the condiments maker, which recently scooped the Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Best Newcomer award, has taken advantage of, including a New Anglia Growing Business Fund Grant, UKTI's Passport to Export and the Government's Apprenticeship Scheme.

"Winning this award is a great boost for us, and really cements the Suffolk food scene as innovative, creative and growing fast. We are immensely proud of the team, and grateful for the financial support we have had from the Government through these schemes," said Sandy.

Dan was persuaded to take part in their new Fasterchef – Beat the Batter challenge, making a pancake from scratch.

Dan said: "I very much enjoyed my visit to Scarlett and Mustard and to have the opportunity to congratulate Sandy, Julian and their team on their well-deserved success in winning the prestigious Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I was very impressed with all that they do and wish them every success for the future."


30 NOV 2014

Dr Dan supports the St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life event

Dan visited St Michael's Church in Framlingham for the annual St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life event, which allows people to remember the loved ones they have lost through a series of readings, Christmas carols, music and private reflection. Many of us have experienced the difficulty of losing a relative or friend, and the Light up a Life event brings together people who are missing someone at what can be a difficult time of year.

Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives. Hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable 'hospice at home' service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and Dan would like to pay tribute to their efforts all year-round and for organising another successful Light up a Life event in Framlingham.


30 NOV 2014

Christmas comes to Palgrave

At this time of year, many of Suffolk's communities come together by putting on Christmas fayres, bazaars and markets to usher in and celebrate the festive season.

Dan visited the Xmas Fayre at Palgrave on Sunday.

He was delighted to meet so many people at the Fayre and congratulates everyone who helped make it a great success.


29 NOV 2014

Barham & Claydon Surgery Open Day

Dan was delighted to be able to attend the Surgery Open Day along with local Councillor John Whitehead.

Here Dan was able to see the refreshed surgery and join with Silver Star a registered charity who campaign to raise diabetes awareness. They run mobile testing units to carry out important diabetes checks within the community.

Dan along with over 100 local residents was able to take the test and find out the results in under two minutes.

Dan commented

"Diabetes is a condition which if undiagnosed can cause lifelong, debilitating health problems and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack. A simple blood test can provide vital early diagnosis which may help people who didn't know they have the condition to get the right medical support and make the diet and lifestyle changes which can make a difference in reducing health consequences of having diabetes. I would urge people in Suffolk to follow my example and get tested to see if they may be at risk of diabetes. It doesn't take long to get a sinple blood sugar test from your GP or practice nurse, but it could make a big difference to your life."


29 NOV 2014

Framlingham Christmas Lights Turn On


Dan was delighted to switch on the Christmas lights on Market Hill in Framlingham.

Dan would like to thank all those who have worked so hard in Framlingham to make the town look so special. The local community will be rightly proud of all they have achieved.


29 NOV 2014

Dan shows his support for EACH at Kate's Memorial Craft Fair

Dan was delighted to support for Kate's Memorial Christmas Fair in aid of EACH. A number of prominent local crafts people exhibited their work at a Fair and sale at Bealings Village Hall. It was held in memory of Kate Wasyluk who lost her life in a tragic accident in Foxhall Road Ipswich.

As an NHS doctor Dan is very supportive of hospices and the vital work and services they provide and has always given his support to hospices in Suffolk and will continue to campaign to ensure their voice is heard and recognition is given to them for the work they do in looking after families.


29 NOV 2014

St John Ambulance Coffee Morning

Dan attended the very successful St John Ambulance Coffee Morning in Framlingham on Saturday morning.

Here he was not only able to support the St John Ambulance service but was able to meet people from Framlingham and the surrounding area. Keeping in touch with local residents is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to have a coffee and listen to local people's views.


28 NOV 2014

Meet Your MP

Dan attended two Meet Your MP events at Hemmingstone and then Henley. Local people had the chance to chat to Dan and ask about any issues affecting them, both local and national.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly and to hear their views, as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.


28 NOV 2014

Kenton Hall

Dan had the opportunity to visit Kenton Hall and see the diverse number of specialist businesses who are based on the impressive site.

With businesses ranging from a cookery school to high specialised precision engineering Dan was able to meet with and listen to the owners. He was extremely impressed with the dedication and hard work all of the owners and staff put into their companies.

Small businesses are the life blood of the economy and Dan does all he can to support Suffolk's small businesses and enterprises, who play such a vital role in Suffolk's economy.


28 NOV 2014

Hartismere School

As part of his tour of local schools Dr Dan visited Hartismere High School to meet with students and speak about his role as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. After addressing the students on the work he has been doing both in Parliament and across the constituency, Dan answered questions on a number of issues ranging from local transport, to the economy and terrorism.

Dan would like to thank Head teacher Jim MacAtear and all the students who took part in the lively and stimulating question and answer session.

http://www.hartismere.com/


28 NOV 2014

Dr Dan backs road safety campaign at St Pancras Primary School

Dr Dan has today backed local school children in their fight for safer roads in Whitton.Together with local pupils, he has set up a survey to ask the local community's views on important road safety issues affecting St Pancras Primary School and older residents.

Concerns were raised by pupils and staff about the safety of children and older residents crossing the road near the school during one of Dr Dan's regular school visits. He is supporting the school's road safety campaign by asking residents what improvements and traffic calming measures they would like to see to the surrounding roads, in order to help him to better represent their views to Suffolk County Council, who are responsible for local road safety.

Dr Dan said, "It is important that the concerns of pupils about road safety and traffic problems at St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary School are properly listened to. Public service is about listening to the people of North Ipswich and I shall always do my very best to help local residents. I hope to be able to take the pupils and the local community's views to the County Council to deliver improvements to road safety for the benefit of our children and older residents."

Mr Stephen Barker, Headteacher at St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary School, added, "I am grateful to Dr Poulter as our local MP for his support for our pupils. Given that adults - school staff and local residents alike - have been trying to improve traffic conditions on Stratford Road and Cedarcroft Road for some years, without success, it seems logical that those most at risk - the children - should now take their turn".


27 NOV 2014

Meet your MP

Dan was delighted to continue his popular Meet Your MP event at Stonham Aspal. Local people had the chance to chat to Dan and ask about any issues affecting them, both local and national.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.


21 NOV 2014

Celebrating Mendham Village Success

Dan was delighted to be in Mendham to celebrate the village's recent success in the Mid Suffolk Village of the Year and Suffolk Village of the Year competitions. He helped to present the very well-deserved awards which recognised the fantastic community spirit in the village.

After winning the Mid Suffolk competition the village went onto to represent Mid Suffolk in the prestigious Suffolk Village of the Year competition. With some very strong opposition Mendham came second overall and also secured a Suffolk County Council Open Spaces award.


15 NOV 2014

Dr Dan joins Whitton church coffee morning

Dan joined residents in support of the Whitton Church Christmas coffee morning. The annual event helps to raise money (around £1000) for the church in funding important community events in North West Ipswich throughout the year. Dan enjoyed attending the event, talking to residents, and helping raise money for the local community.


14 NOV 2014

Scarlett & Mustard

Earl Soham based Scarlett & Mustard are an award winning company who produce dressings, sauces and marinades. Dan was delighted to drop in to hear about their latest success, becoming Investec Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year - Best Newcomer.

It was a great chance to hear about how the company has progressed. Their clients currently include prestigious companies such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason. Small businesses play such an important role in the economy, providing local people with jobs and apprenticeships. Scarlett & Mustard join the growing list of exceptional food and drink companies for which Suffolk is rightly known.


14 NOV 2014

Dr Dan joins residents at Gressland Court for afternoon tea

Dan enjoyed meeting and chatting with residents over tea at one of his regular visits to Gressland Court in Kesgrave. Dan spoke to residents about the work he is doing on their behalf as a Government Health Minister and as our local MP for Kesgrave.


14 NOV 2014

Baby Senses

Dan dropped into the Children's Centre in Kesgrave to take part in a Baby Senses class. Baby Senses classes focus on baby signing and baby massage. They help to strengthen the bond between parents and their infants, which is so important in giving babies the very best start in life.

Dan would like to thank Ann Lay for inviting him to take part in one of her classes which provide invaluable support to new parents.


14 NOV 2014

Meet your MP

Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP event at Rendham & Cransford. Local people had the chance to chat to Dan and ask about any issues affecting them, both local and national.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich.


11 NOV 2014

Dr Dan pays tribute to fallen servicemen at Remembrance Day service in Framlingham and Syleham

On Sunday, Dan attended the Remembrance Day service held at Framlingham where he gave a reading. Later in the afternoon he attend the service at Syleham. On Sunday a number of Remembrance Day services were held in towns and villages across Suffolk, as thousands of people paid their respects towards our brave Armed Forces and those who have died in conflict since the First World War. This year is especially poignant as it is a hundred years since the start of the Great War.

Remembrance Sunday is a special time of year, where people of all ages have the chance to pause, reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives for us. The recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.

Dan was very proud to see so many people in Suffolk showing their support for our Armed Forces.


10 NOV 2014

Local MP Dr Dan Poulter Backs Campaign to Rename Community Library

Dr Dan Poulter MP recently met in Parliament with Mark Ling and Garath Jones from The Broom Hill Pool Trust to give his support to the proposed name change of Westbourne Library to Broom Hill Library.

Dr Dan campaigned strongly with the Broom Hill Trust to keep Westbourne Library open when it was threatened with closure and believes that the library, which forms a trinity with Broom Hill Park and Broom Hill Pool, should be renamed to be more representative of the community that it is in.

Dr Dan continues to work with The Broom Hill Pool Trust in their efforts to re-open Broom Hill Pool and will be visiting both the Grade II listed lido and the library again in December.

After the meeting, Dr Dan said "I have always strongly supported the fantastic efforts made by Mark Ling and Garath Jones with The Broom Hill Pool Trust. Thanks to their work, there is a strong sense of community in North Ipswich and re-naming Westbourne Library will further strengthen the identity of the Broom Hill area, which is why I am backing the campaign."

Garath Jones, Chairman of the Westbourne Library Friends, added "Changing the library name will signify the library's place at the heart of its community, giving it a strong platform and a stronger identity to reach out to the 70,000 users per year".


07 NOV 2014

St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary School

Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary School. He always enjoys meeting with teachers, staff and students and it was a real pleasure for Dan to meet the children and the school council.

He thoroughly enjoyed talking to and answering questions from the school council about Parliament and his role as their local MP. He would like to thank Head Teacher Mr Stephen Barker for taking the time to show him around the school. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


07 NOV 2014

Debenham High School Jubilee Celebration

Dan is a regular visitor to Debenham High school. He was delighted to be asked back to the school to take part in their Jubilee Celebration. The school opened in September 1964 and has been serving the local community ever since.

With only four Head Teachers since the school opened Debenham has provided thousands of local children with a great start in life. It continues to provide an outstanding education and Dan was able to thank all the staff and volunteers, past and present, for their hard work and dedication in making the school the great success it is.

Dan was taken on a tour of the school and was able to see the exhibition about the development of the school from its earliest days.


24 OCT 2014

Pac3000 Ltd

Dan dropped into see Pac3000 Ltd, the country's leading supplier of wristbands who are based in Eye.

They produce a wide variety of bands to a diverse range of clients from the BBC to festivals. Dan was delighted to have the chance to meet Managing Director Stephen Johnstone and Marketing Director Kate Orton and hear about the history of the business and their plans for the future in this very competitive industry.


24 OCT 2014

Palgrave School

Dan was delighted to visit Palgrave CEVC Primary School. He always enjoys visiting our schools in Suffolk, and to seeing at first hand all the hard work put in by the staff and pupils. Dan hosted a very lively question and answer session with some of the school's pupils, where he spoke about 'life as our MP' and a range of local issues.

Dan would like to thank Head teacher Andrew Berry for inviting him to the school, along with all the pupils for their extremely interesting questions. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


18 OCT 2014

Kesgrave Para Cadets

Dan was delighted and privileged to watch the Kesgrave Para Cadets, who have been in temporary accommodation since June 2013, march from their old base at the Royal British Legion in Ropes Drive to their new permanent home at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre.

The detachment was also celebrating winning the award for the Best Detachment in the Suffolk Army Cadet Force at the Annual Camp in Nesscliffe.


18 OCT 2014

Ipswich Baby Fair

Dan dropped in to the Ipswich Baby Fair held in Kesgrave on Saturday. As an NHS doctor and Government health minister with responsibilities including maternity and children's health Dan was delighted to have the opportunity to meet several local mums and their babies and toddlers.


18 OCT 2014

Monewden Coffee Morning

Dan went along to the successful coffee morning at Monewden. Here he was able to meet local people from Monewden and the surrounding areas and discuss their concerns directly with them.

Keeping in touch with local people is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to attend local events like these.


10 OCT 2014

Paddy Geere House

Last week, Dan once again visited visited Paddy Geere House in Ipswich to meet with and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake with the residents.

Dan thoroughly enjoyed his time chatting to the residents and listening to their stories. He always receives a warm welcome from all the residents and staff.

During his last visit he saw how the residents had been using an iPad to help them keep in contact with family members across the country and overseas. He was delighted to see they have continued to use this technology to help them stay connected with their friends and families.


10 OCT 2014

Ipswich Hospital & Suffolk Family Carers

Dan had the opportunity to see the new Suffolk Family Carers' bus service at Ipswich hospital.

The bus stopped at the Hospital and opened its doors for carers of patients at Ipswich hospital. It gave them the opportunity to take a look around at the services it can offer.

Dan was delighted to be able to see the bus, which is close to raising the £2,500,000 needed to run the service for two years.

Hospital Chief Executive Nick Hulme showed Dan around the hospital and highlighted how the hospital is leading the way in its care for those people who are suffering from dementia. The wards caring for those patients with dementia use colour coded plates and glasses to help those patients recognise basic items making them feel safe and secure.


10 OCT 2014

Westbourne Academy

Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk's young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week Dan visited Westbourne Academy and spoke with New Principal Garry Trott on a number of issues, before holding a lively Question and Answer session with Form Leaders from years 8, 9 and 10. A number of topics were covered during his session, including his work both as an MP and an NHS hospital doctor.

Dan would like to thank Principal Garry Trott and the Form Leaders for inviting him to take part in a very interesting question and answer session.

http://www.westbourne.attrust.org.uk/


10 OCT 2014

Rushmere St Andrew - Flooding

Last week Dan was delighted to be able to hold a public meeting which bought together district, county and parish councillors, along with representatives from the County Council and Anglian Water to try and resolve the ongoing serious flooding problems in Rushmere St Andrew.

This gave the residents the opportunity to speak directly to those concerned and point out the lack of desire to address the flooding problems. Dan was able to encourage the County Council to work with all concerned to try and resolve the flooding problems once and for all.

Dan will be organising another meeting again soon and hopes he will see some real progress towards finally resolving this long-standing issue.


09 OCT 2014

The Big Brew Up

Dan was delighted to attend and show his support at the SSAFA Big Brew Up today. The Sailors, Soldiers, Airman Families Association does a fantastic job of helping our armed forces, veterans and their families.

The Big Brew Up is SSAFA's biggest fundraising event of the year. In 2013 there were over 1,000 tea parties that raised £130,000 for Forces families in local communities.

http://thebigbrewup.org.uk/


07 OCT 2014

MP Praises Ipswich Care Company For Its Ground Breaking New Patients Products

Health Minister, and Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter last week toured an award winning Ipswich Company that manufactures health care products for both the NHS and people with complex healthcare needs living at home.

Felgains of Knightsdale Road Ipswich design specialist armchairs, beds, mattresses and other accessories, designed to help improve the daily lives of patients. Some of their newest designs which improve care for patients with mobility problems are currently being trialled at the James Paget Hospital.

Dr Poulter who still practices as an NHS hospital doctor, was shown round the Company by General Manager Mr Webber, and was particularly impressed with some of company's new bed adaptations and hoists which help to ease the movement of patients confined to bed and also reduce the risk of bed sores.

Dr Poulter said: "I am delighted that this award winning Ipswich Company is a local centre of excellence in producing high quality health care products that improve and enhance the lives of patients throughout Suffolk and the rest of the UK.

"I was very interested in the extensive research that Felgains have undertaken in order to develop their products, which provide real help and support to patients. These ground breaking medical products will also help save the NHS money by making basic care less labour intensive for staff and freeing up their time for more important aspects of frontline patient care."


03 OCT 2014

Dr Poulter Visits Depperhaugh Care Home

Dr Poulter was delighted to visit Yaxley Care Home and to meet with manager Elena Marin. Dan was able to discuss how Depperhaugh Care Home looks after its patients, especially those who suffer from dementia. He was shown around the home and met some of the patients and their families.

One of the biggest health challenges facing Suffolk is our growing ageing population; this means increasing numbers of older people require help and support. It is therefore pleasing to see another Suffolk care home rising to the challenge of looking after our more vulnerable members of society.


03 OCT 2014

NFU Breakfast

Dan was delighted to attend a breakfast organised by the Diss Branch of the NFU. Dan was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss various matters with members of the farming community.

With 1 in 8 jobs in Suffolk related to Agriculture Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and food and drink producers.


03 OCT 2014

Eye Primary School

Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited Eye Primary School, where he met with Headteacher Mrs Massey who showed him around the school and pointed out the extensive rebuilding work which has taken place since his last visit.

He also had the opportunity to drop into the different year groups before finally having a question and answer session with the school council.


02 OCT 2014

St Elizabeth Hospice

Dan paid a visit to St Elizabeth Hospice.Here he was able to see the new extension which is almost ready to open to  patients. Director of Patient Services Verity Jolly showed Dan around the new build and then introduced him to patients and staff.

Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better
looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives and hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable 'hospice at home' service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives.


29 SEP 2014

Dan Calls For Better Integrated Transport Links

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter is calling for an investigation into better co-ordinated public transport services in rural areas.

This follows many complaints from residents that experience difficulties particularly when their journey requires a change of bus or a connection between a bus and a train.

Dr Poulter said:

"A well integrated public transport system is essential in the day to day lives of many residents particularly those living in rural areas. I have received far too many complaints about delays and cancellations and it is often those that have no alternative but to use public transport such as young people and our elderly residents who are hardest hit. Problems frequently exist when people need to get more than one bus or train as part of their journey and relatively short distances become time consuming journeys due to long waiting times for connecting transport.

A well co-ordinated system is essential for people reliant on public transport particularly those living in rural areas and I have written to County Councillor Graham Newman Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for transport and asked him to look into the best way of improving rural transport links".


26 SEP 2014

Great Blakenham Meet Your MP

Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP event at Great Blakenham. Local people of all ages had the chance to chat to Dan and ask about any issues affecting them, both local and national.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich.


26 SEP 2014

Macmillan coffee mornings in Otley and Debenham

Dan enjoying a coffee at a Macmillan "World's Biggest Coffee Morning". Dan paid a visit to two Macmillan coffee mornings. He stopped off first at Otley to enjoy coffee and cake before moving on to the Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham where the coffee was served by the pupils who did a fantastic job of looking after the many visitors.

To find out more about Macmillan and the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" click here


25 SEP 2014

Forget Me Not Club

Dan was delighted to attend the Forget Me Not group in Framlingham. The Forget Me Not group is a social group supporting people affected by dementia along with their carers.

Dan joined them for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet many of the members and listen to their stories.


25 SEP 2014

Ichiban

Based in Earl Stonham Ichiban UK are Europe's biggest sushi manufacturer. Employing over 400 people, Ichiban deliver some 500,000 packs of sushi a week to major grocery retailers. Ichiban prepare their sushi according to traditional Japanese methods on one of the UK's most advanced production lines in their sector.

Dan was able to meet Managing Director Andrew Wilkinson who briefed him about the company and took him on a tour of the factory. Dan was able to meet some of the skilled people who help create Ichiban's sushi.

One fact Dan did learn, it is a popular misconception that sushi is raw fish, it is in fact the vinegar-flavoured cold rice.


19 SEP 2014

Suffolk Family Carers

Dan met with Janet Dillaway, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Suffolk Family Carers, to discuss their work in and around Suffolk.

Dan also had the opportunity to see the work of the art and craft group. The group is made up of family carers who enjoy crafting and come together to make gifts to help raise money for the charity.

Dan was extremely impressed with the quality and variety of the skills on display and at the amount of money the group have raised since May this year, over £700.


19 SEP 2014

Business Surgery at Great Blakenham

Dan had the opportunity to meet local businesses at a surgery organised by the New Anglia LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and West Suffolk College held at Larking Gowen in Great Blakenham.

He always enjoys the opportunity to talk to businesses directly, and to update them on the work he is doing as MP for Central for
Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dan would like to extend his thanks to Julie West and Ginny Idehen for helping to organise the event, along with all of those businesses who attended.


18 SEP 2014

Meet Your MP

Dr Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP events at Great Glemham followed on by Marlesford. The topic of most concern to the audience was the 4 Villages By-pass. The meetings gave Dan a chance to listen and engage with local people regarding this important issue.

Dan was able to offer his support to the villagers over the 4 Villages By-pass and will be campaigning hard on their behalf.


18 SEP 2014

Fresh Aspirations Forum and Swarm Enterprise Apprenticeships

Dan gave a speech supporting two new initiatives launched at the Framlingham Technology Centre.

Fresh Aspirations Forum is about getting young people motivated about their vocation and their future by integrating them into business and enterprise. It is designed to raise awareness, motivation and aspiration in young people from the age of 11.

The Swarm enterprise apprenticeship hopes to increase the number of young and talented Enterprise Apprentices across the region who will deliver genuine added value to their employers. Swarm will give apprentices the comprehensive support and the tools needed to become even more effective in delivering a return on investment for businesses working with them.


18 SEP 2014

Castle Hill Allotments

Dan was delighted to visit the Castle Hill allotments. Here he was met by Jean and Ken Austen and local councillors Robin Vickery and David Goldsmith.

Jean and Ken showed Dan around some of the allotments highlighting the many different varieties of vegetables and plants that are grown by the allotment holders.

Dan commented

"The Castle Hill allotments are a hidden gem in North West Ipswich and I am pleased to be back to appreciate not only the plants but the hard work put in by all the plot holders."

"The allotments not only provide a source of fresh fruit and veg but give many people an opportunity to get outside, keep fit and become part of a vibrant local community."


17 SEP 2014

Wear It Pink

Dr Dan Poulter MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Under Secretary of State for Health has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is to 'look good, do good' in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year's fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.

Dr Poulter who is Minister responsible for women's health says "Every year in the UK over 50,000 women and around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease each year. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign's fundraising efforts to support world-class breast cancer research that saves and improves lives, giving people quicker diagnoses and more effective treatments. I hope you'll all join me by wearing it pink on Friday 24 October and showing your support for breast cancer research'

Wear it pink on Friday 24 October to support Breast Cancer Campaign's lifesaving research. For more information or to register for wear it pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org.


12 SEP 2014

Cotton Village Hall

Dan was delighted to be invited to the re-launch of Cotton Village Hall on Saturday afternoon.

After suffering from vandalism a year ago the local community in Cotton came together to not only raise in excess of £25,000 but to refurbish the hall in just a year, a truly remarkable achievement.

Dan was able to meet many of the residents who played a part in rejuvenating their hall and he would like to congratulate them on doing such a fantastic job.


12 SEP 2014

Dr Dan Backs Local Residents In Fight Over Gypsy Lane Railway Crossing

MPs Dr Dan Poulter and David Ruffley have called for an urgent meeting with Network Rail Chief Mark Carne to raise serious concerns about the future of Gypsy Lane Railway crossing at Needham Market.

Gypsy Lane crossing has a history of accidents and following a fatality in 2011 an investigation took place resulting in a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch recommending the closure of the crossing.

Network Rail have since proposed the building of a pedestrian footbridge but this has met with strong opposition from local residents who have gained the support of their local MPs in the fight to get Network Rail to build an underpass on the site.

A petition signed by 800 local people outlining their objections to further work on a footbridge and urging the construction of an underpass has now been sent to the CEO of Network Rail by the MPs.

Dr Poulter said:

"I will always stand up for the best interests of residents, and it is essential that their views are heard. The large number of signatures on the petition emphasises the importance and strength of feeling on this issue.

"We intend to meet with Network Rail's Chief Exexutive Mark Carne as a matter of urgency to discuss this and push for the underpass."


05 SEP 2014

Dr Dan Adds His Voice In Calling For Action On Railways

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has called upon new Greater Anglia railways Chief Executive Jamie Burles to take action to improve the service to passengers following another week of disruption.

This follows numerous complaints from commuters and other rail users in recent weeks about constant problems with the service.

Dr Poulter said:

"We all understand when an occasional unavoidable incident occurs that causes delay to our rail service but in recent weeks commuters and other rail users have been complaining to me day after day about delays and cancellations on the service to London.

The recent overrunning of rail works on the line caused major disruption resulting in huge problems and inconvenience for rail travellers. Commuters travelling to work have had to endure daily misery and other travellers were worried about missing connections and this has disrupted business and holiday arrangements.

I have written to Greater Anglia Chief Executive Jamie Burles demanding that he investigate these ongoing issues and asked that he ensures that something will be done to address the problems and improve the service for the benefit of commuters and other rail travellers."


04 SEP 2014

Dr Dan Poulter pledges his support to Blind Veterans UK

Dr Dan Poulter MP joins forces with national military charity to help vision impaired veterans

Suffolk MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Dan Poulter has given his support to Blind Veterans UK's "No One Alone" campaign to reach out to more vision impaired veterans in the UK.

Dr Poulter, who is also MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, highlighted the importance of looking after blind and vision impaired veterans at a parliamentary reception hosted by MPs Simon Kirby, Gemma Doyle and Martin Horwood on behalf of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired veterans.

The event was aimed at highlighting the need to improve the current healthcare referral pathways to Blind Veterans UK for ex-Service men and women, once they have been certified as blind or severely vision impaired.

Dr Poulter said: "Blind Veterans UK provides vital support to our Armed Forces community, and it is absolutely right that we do all we can to look after our brave ex-service men and women.

"I am pleased to recognise the excellent work that the charity does to make sure that blind veterans are able to adjust to life with sight loss. The Government is committed to ensuring that all veterans know about, and have access to the care and support they need."

Blind Veterans UK estimates that there are over 68,000 veterans with vision impairment who are not receiving the charity's free, lifelong support to help them adjust to life with sight loss. Blind Veterans UK currently supports 95 vision impaired ex-Service men and women in Suffolk, but wants to reach out to other Suffolk veterans who could benefit for the charity's support, as the charity believes that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.

If you are, or know of, a veteran with severe vision impairment and would like more information about Blind Veterans UK's free, lifelong support visit www.noonealone.org.uk or call freephone 0800 389 7979.


20 AUG 2014

Dan visits Doves

Dan visited Earl Soham based clothing company, Doves. They have been successfully supplying screen printing and embroidery services to the corporate, commercial and promotional markets for over 20 years.

Dan was delighted to meet owner Mr Ronny Dowek for a tour of the premises. Dan was shown around the new factory and had the opportunity to see some of the state of the art machinery in operation.

Dan commented

"I would like to thank Ronny for taking the time to show me around Doves as he is incredibly busy.

"Doves is a great Suffolk success story, not only is it one of the country's leading screen printers and embroiderers but it is one
of the area's significant local employers."


14 AUG 2014

Dr Dan backs British Farmers

For those of us not directly involved in farming the only time we come into contact with farmers is during the harvest. This often means being stuck behind a slow moving tractor and trailer on the road as they gather in the harvest.

Many people can find this extremely frustrating, this is why Dan is backing a great new initiative from the NFU to help thank motorists for their support and patience during harvest, and to make the link between the vehicle in front of them and the food on our plate.

Five thousand large vehicle stickers have been sent to farmers to highlight what is going on in fields at harvest time, and to help people make the connection with the food they buy and eat. They say: "Thank you for backing British farming as we deliver the nation's food." The stickers are a great way for farmers to thank people for their support and to highlight the work they are doing gathering in the huge variety of crops and produce we all enjoy.


24 JUL 2014

West Engineering & Spiral Tube Ltd

West Engineering are another long standing Ipswich based business. Specialising in steel fabrication they make a range of products from conservatory frames to highly specialised pipe work used on North Sea drilling rigs.

Dan was delighted to be able to meet some of the highly skilled staff who work for West Engineering and was able to witness some pipe work being manufactured. The company has invested in a new heavy plant and continues to innovate and look for new opportunities.

Suffolk has many important small and medium sized companies and they make a significant contribution to the economy and their local communities.


24 JUL 2014

The Magnus Group

Dan dropped in to see long standing company the Magnus Group and learn more about this local success story.

Based at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, The Magnus Group are specialists in transportation and warehousing and operate across the UK. Dan was taken on a tour of the company's headquarters and warehouse facility. Dan was able to meet some of the 140 staff employed by the company.

Dan commented

"The Magnus group is a great advert for Suffolk business; a company which is investing in its future and continuing to build on its success."


24 JUL 2014

Optimum Control Services Ltd

Optimum Control Services are a specialist electrical controls contractor who operate throughout the United Kingdom.

Dan met owner Ray Pike who explained how his company operates from designing electrical solutions all the way to installation. Dan was given a tour of the workshop based in Barham, near Ipswich and was able to see a new control box being constructed.

Optimum Control Services is proof that Suffolk has some highly skilled and specialised companies competing successfully across the country. He would very much like to thank Mr Pike for taking the time out of his busy day to meet him.


23 JUL 2014

Calvors Brewery

Dan visited Calvors Brewery, a local brewery based in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.

Calvors brew beer using traditional methods in a converted section of an old agricultural building. Dan met Alec Williamson who started the company in 2008. He showed Dan how the brewery has expanded and changed since his last visit. As part of that expansion the company has started brewing ales, again using traditional methods.

Dan was delighted to see another Suffolk success story and would like to thank Alec Williamson for showing him around his Brewery.


18 JUL 2014

Dan meets Annie Topping Chief Executive of Healthwatch Suffolk

Healthwatch Suffolk is an independent regional organisation which was set up with the objective of being an influential and effective voice for the people of Suffolk.

Recently Dan spoke at the first Healthwatch Suffolk AGM about the challenges which are facing Suffolk - an increasingly ageing population and how best to look after people, especially those with long-term conditions such diabetes, dementia and heart disease; providing care that will allow the elderly and vulnerable to stay at home and enjoy a good quality of life while remaining in their local communities near to friends and family.

He was delighted to catch up with Chief Executive Annie Topping who presented him with the report from Healthwatch Suffolk's first AGM.


18 JUL 2014

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses

A glorious Suffolk day saw Dan at Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses at Creeting St Mary. He was delighted to be able to pay another visit to this award winning company to catch up on how things have progressed since his last visit.

A tour of the farm allowed Dan meet some of the pedigree Guernsey cows and sample some of the cheeses which are made by traditional methods.

He would like to thank Jason and Katharine Salisbury for a warm welcome and for taking the time out of their day to show him around their business.


18 JUL 2014

Dale Hall Primary School

Dan had a very informative and enjoyable trip to Dale Hall Primary school. First he met Head teacher Mrs Alison Beckett, and then members of the school council.

With such fantastic weather the question and answer session took place outside in the school bandstand. The children asked some very tough questions and certainly kept Dan on his toes!

He thoroughly enjoyed meeting the school council and listening to what they had to say. He would like to thank Mrs Beckett and the council for taking the time to meet him. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


18 JUL 2014

Clarice House

Clarice House welcomed Dan for a tour around their premises. He was able to hear about the company's plans for the future.

He was pleased to hear that the proposed development included a park gym and running track which would be free to use for local people.

Dan would like to thank owner Stuart King for taking time out of his busy day to show him around.


15 JUL 2014

Stradebroke High School Students Visit Westminster

A group of year 10 students from Stradbroke High School made the trip from Suffolk to Westminster for a tour of Parliament last week.

The students were shown around the famous building, where MPs' debate new laws and hold the Government to account, and heard more about the history and traditions of Parliament.

Dr Poulter, who has visited Stradebroke High School on many occasions, said, 'Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people to the opportunity to learn about Britain's history, democracy and our law-making process.'

'I hope the students found their day informative and enjoyable and I very much look forward to visiting Stradebroke High School again soon.'

http://www.stradbrokehigh.co.uk/

 


11 JUL 2014

Dr Dan holds Meet Your MP event in Laxfield

Dr Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP event in Laxfield, where he answered unscripted questions on a number of issues from a large audience of local residents at the local village hall. A variety of topics were covered by Dan, including broadband, rural bus services and the local village plan.

He always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents directly, and to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dan would like to extend his thanks to the Parish Council for helping to organise the event, along with all of those who attended, and looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.


11 JUL 2014

Thorndon Primary School

Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited Thorndon Primary School. He always enjoys meeting with teachers, staff and students and it was a real pleasure for Dan to see the children enjoying themselves as they learned.

He was particularly impressed with how inclusive the school is. He was very struck with the sensory room and outdoor space designed to help those children who need a more physical and active learning environment.

He thoroughly enjoyed meeting the school council and listening to what they had to say. He would like to thank Ms Tamsin Little for taking the time to show him around the school. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


11 JUL 2014

Plinth 2000 Ltd

Last week Dan was in Wetheringsett to visit Plinth 2000. Plinth 2000 is one of the leading medical equipment manufacturers in the UK.

He was delighted to be shown around the site and meet many of the people who go to make up the staff of this successful business.

Dan was able to see how the products are designed and constructed before being readied for shipping across the UK, Europe and beyond.

He would like to thank Managing Director Niall Dyer and all the staff for taking the time out of their busy day to show him around their business.


04 JUL 2014

Pirates Ahoy

Dan visited Heath Primary school in Kesgrave. Primary schools play an important role in helping our children get a great start in life. The children I met at Heath Primary were not just working hard but enjoying what they were doing. I was extremely surprised to be confronted by two classes of pirates but was fortunate that they did not ask me to walk the plank!

Heath Primary has recently received a good rating from Ofsted and I must congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this result.


04 JUL 2014

Healthy Child Programme and Family Nurse Partnership Launch

Last week Dan was delighted to be able to participate at in the Healthy Child Programme and Family Nurse Partnership Launch at Trinity Park. This was organised by Bronwen Whittaker, Lead Nurse Children & Young People's Integrated Services at Suffolk County Council and her fantastic team.

The launch was attended by some of Suffolk's leading healthcare professionals. Dan spoke to them about the government's commitment to early years provision for children; making sure that we get it right for children from the earliest possible time.

He then spoke about the increase in the number of heath visitors over the last four years. There are now 2300 more health visitors nationally. They play such an important role in helping to create a stable home and family environment for young mums and families.


01 JUL 2014

Ormiston Endeavour Academy Ambassadors

Dan spent time with some Ormiston Endeavour Academy Ambassadors who are students who want to make a difference to their school and help their fellow pupils. He listened as they explained what they are trying to achieve and the roles they have taken on. Dan was particularly interested to hear about their informative and hard hitting anti-smoking campaign which is primarily aimed at helping the youngest students and discouraging them from taking up smoking. Dan thought it was extremely well thought out and hopes it will make a big difference to the wellbeing of the youngest students at the school. Having seen the effects of smoking as an NHS doctor Dan strongly supports their efforts to help stop children from starting to smoke. Their efforts could have the positive effect of preventing someone suffering from lung cancer later in life.


13 JUN 2014

Wickham Market Primary School 80th Birthday

Dan was delighted to be invited to the 80th Birthday celebrations at Wickham Market Primary School.

He was able to admire the fantastic artwork created by the children and read all about Wickham Market Primary School past, present and future.

Dan was able to meet some previous pupils and teachers who had returned to meet old friends and see how the modern school compared to their memories.

The children let off 80 balloons, each carrying a message, as part of the celebrations. Dan would be very interested to know if any have been found.


13 JUN 2014

Thomas Mills High School

Dan paid a visit to the sixth form at Thomas Mills High school. After a brief introduction by Dan, he and the assembled sixth formers had a wide ranging discussion covering many issues.Dan thoroughly enjoyed answering the students' questions, and would like to thank Head of Sixth-form John Jennings for inviting him to visit.

http://www.thomasmills.suffolk.sch.uk/


07 JUN 2014

Grundisburgh Coffee Morning

Dan went along to a successful coffee morning at Grundisburgh. Here he was able to meet people from Grundisburgh and the surrounding area. Keeping in touch with local residents is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to have a coffee and listen to local people's views.


06 JUN 2014

The Suffolk Show

Dan was absolutely delighted to be able to attend this year's Suffolk show at Trinity Park. With the recent exceptionally heavy rain in the run up to this year's show there were doubts whether it would be able to take place echoing the cancellation of a couple of years ago. However, due to the outstanding work of all those involved the eagerly awaited event was able to go ahead. He was particularly pleased to see younger children were able to attend free of charge making for a great day out for all the family.

This year's show was marked by the attendance of Prince Harry and it was a great pleasure to see him there and hear him speak about our great county of Suffolk in such a positive way.

The show offers a great opportunity to see some of the many different types of businesses that are based in Suffolk, from the very small traders to the larger household names. You are also able to enjoy the many different aspects of Suffolk life, from the traditional cattle shows to culinary displays and fashion.

Dan would like to congratulate everybody who played a part in this year's show; it was been a great success and an outstanding advert for our vibrant county of Suffolk. Dan is looking forward to attending again next year.


23 MAY 2014

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

Last week Dan was delighted to attend a meeting which bought together Suffolk's key public and voluntary services. There were representatives from all across Suffolk, including the Police and Crime Commissioner, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk's Health and Well Being Board, Suffolk Family Careers and Dan's fellow Member of Parliament Peter Aldous. They were gathered together to sign Suffolk's Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat.

The Concordat covers what needs to happen when people in mental health crisis need help – in policy making and spending decisions, in anticipating and preventing mental health crises wherever possible, and in making sure effective emergency response systems operate in localities when a crisis does occur.


17 MAY 2014

Easton May Fair

Dan was delighted to be invited to open Easton May Fair, which this year featured a great variety of activities.

Events like the Easton May Fair demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and food stalls.

He would like to extend his thanks to all of those who attended or helped with the running of this year's Fair


17 MAY 2014

Dan Opens New Complimentary Clinic

I was delighted to open the Erasmus Foundation's new complimentary healing clinic in Laxfield.

As a NHS doctor, I am very well aware of the importance of holistic health and wellbeing and there is a lot that can be done alongside what the health service has to offer.

It is not an alternative to medicine and the people at the Erasmus Foundation refer people where appropriate to get medical advice.

The new facilities and the dedicated volunteers will benefit many people.


10 MAY 2014

Debenham Fun Run

Dan took part in the 5K Debenham Fun Run helping to raise money for the Debenham Community Swimming Pool. He finished 10th and enjoyed the challenging route. He was delighted to start the 1 K race and award the prizes. He would like to thank the organisers and all the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the run could take place.

The Community Pool Project is a great example of the local community coming together to help ensure Debenham has a fantastic new pool; something everyone will be proud of. Dan is a great supporter of local community initiatives and continues to offer his support to the Debenham Community Swimming Pool Project.


09 MAY 2014

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Long Service and Excellence awards

I was invited to present awards at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Long Service and Excellence awards ceremony held at Tattersall's in Newmarket.

I was delighted and honoured to be asked to present the awards for those members of staff who had completed 35 years or more of service in the Ambulance service. In fact the combined years of service for those receiving awards was over 1,400, a truly humbling statistic.

As an NHS Doctor I have worked alongside ambulance staff and know how hard they work and the enormous difference they make to people's lives. We often read about the work they do at road traffic incidents, large disasters and distressing accidents but ambulance staff are also the first to see those elderly people who have suffered a fall or members of the public who suddenly feel unwell. Their expect help not only saves lives but their compassion greatly reassures patients at what can be a distressing and frightening time.

Volunteers also play a key role in supporting our hard working paramedics and a number of Community First Responders – unpaid volunteers who respond to emergency calls on behalf of the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives were also honoured for the work they have done and continue to do for the Trust.

The staff are what make the NHS such a great institution and one that I am proud to be part of. The dedicated staff of the East of England Ambulance deserves our thanks and appreciation for the work they do.


09 MAY 2014

Ipswich Chamber of Commerce

Dan is a great supporter of our local businesses in Suffolk and was delighted to be the keynote speaker at a business brunch event organised by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Ipswich Building Society on Friday morning at Wherstead Mansion, Wherstead Park. A number of representatives from local businesses were present.

Dan spoke about a number of issues including how well Suffolk businesses had dealt with the recent economic downtown and how they have stood by and helped each other. Following his speech, Dan took a number of questions from the audience.

Suffolk's businesses play a vital role in our local economy and Dan will continue to do all he can to support them grow and employ more local people.


09 MAY 2014

Claydon Primary School

Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited Claydon Primary School. He always enjoys meeting with teachers, staff and students and it was a real pleasure for Dan to see all of the afternoon classroom activities taking place. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting the school learning council and listening to what they had to say. He would like to thank Mrs Jones and the year 5 pupils for taking the time to show him around the school. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


04 MAY 2014

Mendlesham Street Fair

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.Events like the Mendlesham Street Fair demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and stalls.


04 MAY 2014

Kesgrave Fun Run

Dan joined over 300 people for the Kesgrave 5k Fun Run raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice. It was good to see so many people taking part and he would like to thank the organisers especially Debbie McCallum and all the volunteer marshals and first aiders who gave up their time to ensure the run could take place.


25 APR 2014

Hatcher Components

Dan visited one of Suffolk's leading companies on Friday, Hatcher Components, based in Framlingham.

From their Framlingham base Hatcher Components design and make class leading aerodynamic air deflectors which are fitted to commercial vehicles. Dan was impressed to learn about the company's partnership with Cranfield University who assist in the design and development of their products.

Dan was shown around the premises and was able to see how the products were constructed from the mould to final product. He was able to speak to the specialist and skilled staff about the work they were undertaking.

Suffolk has some truly class leading and innovative industries that provide a large number of jobs for local people and contribute to Suffolk's economy.


25 APR 2014

Stradbroke High School

Dan was delighted to visit Stradbroke High School, where he met Head teacher Andrew Bloom and Mr Andy Smith, Chair of Governors. He then spoke to a large group of students in a question and answer session which covered a wide range subjects.

We are fortunate to have many dedicated and committed teachers and school governors in Suffolk who act in the best interests of the children they look after and teach. Under Headteacher Andrew Bloom's leadership Stradbroke has continued to go from strength to strength. Dan will continue to fight for the interests of Suffolk's rural schools and he looks forward to visiting Stradbroke High School again soon.

http://www.stradbrokehigh.co.uk/

 


24 APR 2014

Mendlesham Parish Council

Dan attended a meeting of Mendlesham Parish Council where the Mendlesham Neighbourhood Plan was discussed. When complete it will set out the views of the local Mendlesham community about planning polices - where new homes may be built and the appearance and design of any new builds.

The meeting also heard from Peter Ingram (Better Broadband for Suffolk programme director) about the progress being made to connect Suffolk homes and businesses to super fast broadband. Dan and his fellow Suffolk MPs and councillors successfully campaigned for £12 million of Government to fund the roll out of super fast broadband across the county.

http://mendlesham.onesuffolk.net/mendlesham-parish-council/

 


24 APR 2014

Otley Shop

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Dan dropped into Otley shop to meet Penny Sunaway and her husband Andrew who own and run Otley's village store. Small businesses like the village store are often at the heart of the local community and provide employment for local people.

Dan was able to listen to Penny and Andrew about the issues facing small businesses. Dan would like to thank them for inviting him to the shop.


24 APR 2014

Westbourne Academy

Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk's young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week Dan visited Westbourne Academy and spoke with Acting Principal Mr Dave Lee-Allan on a number of issues, before holding a lively Question and Answer session with students from the School Council. A number of topics were covered during his session, including his work both as an MP and an NHS hospital doctor.

Dan would like to thank Head teacher Acting Principal Mr Dave Lee-Allan and the school council for inviting him to take part in a very interesting question and answer session.

http://www.westbourne.attrust.org.uk/

 


05 APR 2014

Hemingstone Arts Festival

Dan visited the Hemingstone Arts Festival to view work of local artists, musicians, choirs and poets. Dan was delighted to be able to present some prizes and can be seen in the accompanying photo handing out an award to Henley School for their entry into the art competition.‏


04 APR 2014

Hartismere High School

As part of his tour of local schools Dr Dan visited Hartismere High School to meet with students and speak about his role as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. After addressing the students on the work he has been doing both in Parliament and across the constituency, Dan answered questions on a number of issues ranging from university tuition fees and student loans, to the economy and the recent exam restructuring.

Dan would like to thank Head teacher Jim MacAtear and all the students who took part in the lively and stimulating question and answer session.

http://www.hartismere.com/

 


04 APR 2014

Debenham High School

Dan continues to visit schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Just before Easter he visited Debenham High School, where he met with Headteacher Julia Upton and a number of students who told him about their many activities and achievements.

During his session with the students Dan spoke about a number of topics, including his work as a medical doctor, constituency MP and Government Health Minister. The students are a real credit to Julia and her staff and Dan was impressed with their enthusiasm and knowledge.

http://www.debenhamhighschool.suffolk.sch.uk/

 


04 APR 2014

Dan on "The Middy"

Dan called in on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway as they launched their 2014 season. "The Middy", as the line is known locally, is the only standard gauge steam railway in Suffolk.

Tourism is an important part of Suffolk's economy and Dan was only too delighted to show his support for the "The Middy" and acknowledge the important role they play in Suffolk's vibrant tourist industry.

Dan was given a tour of the museum which contains many "Middy" artefacts and was able to get on the footplate of the locomotive "Wissington" and experience a trip along the line in the one of restored coaches.


28 MAR 2014

New Humanities Building Opened By Dr Dan Poulter

Governors, builders and architects gathered at Kesgrave High School for the formal opening of the new humanities building.

The building, which was delivered under budget and five weeks ahead of schedule, continues the extensive modernization project the school has undergone.

Headteacher Mr Nigel Burgoyne guided Dr Poulter around the new humanities block where he was able to see students making most of the new classrooms and technology.

Dr Poulter said

"I am delighted to have been able to open the new humanities building.

"Kesgrave High School showcases all that is good about education in Suffolk and the new building will allow the students to gain even more from their education.

"I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for creating such a fantastic new building which will serve the school and future generations of Kesgrave students for many years."

http://www.kesgrave.suffolk.sch.uk/


28 MAR 2014

Healthwatch Suffolk

Dan was delighted to speak at the first AGM of Healthwatch Suffolk.

Healthwatch Suffolk is an independent regional organisation which was set up with the objective of being an influential and effective voice for the people of Suffolk. Providing a channel for our views on how health and social care services are provided across the County.

Dan spoke about the challenges which are facing Suffolk; an increasingly ageing population and how best to look after people especially those with long-term conditions such diabetes, dementia and heart disease. Providing care that will allow the elderly and vulnerable to stay at home and enjoy a good quality of life while remaining in their local communities near to friends and family.


23 MAR 2014

Otley Sport Relief Fun Run

Dan was delighted to take part in this year's Otley Village Mile, and even more pleased to finish in fourth place in the 6 mile race. The mile was held as part of a nationally coordinated event, which saw communities across the country stage similar races, with all of the proceeds raised going to good causes supported by Sport Relief. It was a real pleasure for Dan to start the race with Ipswich Town and England legend Mick Mills who still holds the club record for the most number of appearances, having played 741 games for Ipswich.

The day was a huge success, with many local residents attending to show their support for a very worthy cause. Dan would like to thank Otley Village Stores manager Penny Sunaway for the time and effort she put in, along with other local volunteers, to make sure that the event ran smoothly, and he very much looks forward to participating again next year.


22 MAR 2014

Wickham Market Area Archive Centre Open Day

Wickham Market Area Archive Centre held their open day and Dan was pleased to be able to attend and learn more about the history of Wickham Market.

Dan said

"The Centre is a great asset to Wickham Market and anybody who is interested in local history, especially of Wickham Market, should make sure they visit."

http://www.wmarchives.co.uk/


21 MAR 2014

Wickham Market Primary School

Dan was pleased to visit Wickham Market Primary School. The school have just received a good Ofsted report and Dan was shown around the school by a group of Year Six pupils, who gave a very informative and comprehensive tour.

Dan commented

"The school has worked very hard to achieve its recent good Ofsted report. It is a great achievement and I would like to thank all the staff, governors and everyone connected to the school for making Wickham Market School a great place to be."

http://www.wickhammarket.suffolk.sch.uk/index.asp


21 MAR 2014

"Ready for Growth"

Dan spoke to a packed business seminar at the Framlingham Technology Centre. He underlined the importance of small and medium sized business to not only the local economy here in Suffolk, but in the country as a whole. Without small business offering employment opportunities Market Towns in counties such as Suffolk will suffer greatly.

He was delighted to see so many local businesses attend this seminar.


20 MAR 2014

Wickham Market Good Neighbours AGM

Dan attended the AGM of the Wickham Market Good Neighbours.

This is a fantastic local community initiative where Volunteers help with all kinds of different jobs, such as shopping, looking after your pet while you are in hospital, helping to write a letter and many other small but incredibly useful jobs.

Dan commented

"Wickham Market Good Neighbours is an excellent scheme which helps many local people. Wickham Market should be very proud that it has so many people who are prepared to give up their time to help out members of the local community."

http://www.wickham-market.org.uk/community.htm#neighbour


19 MAR 2014

Tree Planting

Wetheringsett Primary school took delivery of an Elm tree as part of the Great British Elm Experiment. This project hopes to reintroduce elm trees to replace those lost to Dutch Elm disease. These trees have been propagated from those that seemed resistant to the disease and the GBEE are asking that schools monitor the trees' progress for the next twenty years in order that they can pinpoint which trees have resistance and reintroduce the throughout the country

Dan helped the oldest and youngest pupils, Mia Webb and Seth Wnokoski to plant the schools Elm tree.

He would like to thank all the pupils, teachers and Headteacher Mrs Vicky Doherty for inviting him to come and help plant this important tree.


19 MAR 2014

Tough Questioning

Dan visited Claydon High school where he met a number of students from year groups 9 – 11. They questioned him over the referendum for Scottich Independence, the reaction of the EU, life of an MP and numerous other subjects.

Dan thought the students were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed listening to their views and discussing their questions with them. He would like them and teacher Mr Richard Pope for taking the time to meet him.


05 MAR 2014

Skinners Pet Food

Dan visited Suffolk institution, Skinners Mill in Stradbroke. The Mill has been owned and operated by the Skinner family for seven generations.

Dan was delighted to meet owner Mr Roger Skinner and Matthew Peters, Operations Manager, for a tour of the mill. Dan was shown the process of turning ingredients (using locally grown cereals whenever possible) into dry dog food which is then transported all round the UK and overseas.

Dan commented

"I would like to thank Roger and Matthew for taking the time to show me how the Mill and business operates; they are both incredibly busy people.

"Skinners is a great Suffolk success story, not only in terms of selling its products across the world but by having its roots firmly
in Suffolk. Many of the local employees have been at the company for over 20years, a fantastic partnership between the Mill and the local community."


27 FEB 2014

Flagship Housing

Dan was delighted last week to be given the opportunity to experience the day to day work of one of our local Housing Associations. During Dan's visit he joined the Flagship Housing team in going to the home of a tenant who had spotted his boiler was leaking. A phone call to the Housing Association soon bought a plumber with his apprentice to check out the problem and find a solution.

Flagship Housing who owned the property are an East Anglian based company with their roots here in Suffolk. Not only do they own and manage some 22,000 homes providing accommodation for the elderly and more vulnerable members of society they also offer jobs and apprenticeships to local people.


20 FEB 2014

FASD Trust

Dan went to a meeting of the local FASD Trust. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a term for several diagnoses that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is still in the womb).

FASD covers a wide range of birth defects which are caused entirely by women drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

The condition often goes undiagnosed, or is misdiagnosed, for example as autism or ADHD, and this can lead to secondary disabilities.

Dan was delighted to meet Mrs Julia Brown CEO of the Trust and listen to Dr Regina Chandraraj, Lead Community Paediatrician from Ipswich Hospital who hosted the meeting and gave an update on our local service provision.

There were a number of maternity and early year's health professionals at the meeting and they will be doing all they can to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking while pregnant. Dan will be doing all he can to support them in this and all the other work they do on behalf of pregnant women, mums and babies in Suffolk.

http://www.fasdtrust.co.uk/index.php


19 FEB 2014

Dan teams up with Health Visitors

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North West Ipswich spent part of last week with Health Visitors and School Nurses based at Whitton Clinic.

Dan joined local Health Visitor Marc Osborne when he went to check on the progress of a new born baby. Health Visitors provide families with new born babies healthcare and advice.

Dan commented

"As a NHS doctor I always enjoy meeting frontline staff and was pleased to be able to meet th excellent team of health professionals based at the clinic in Whitton.

"I understand the importance of early years support to young families and new babies and am pleased to see that the work I am doing as a Government Minister is making a difference here in Suffolk to give each and every local child the very best start in life."


11 FEB 2014

Future Care for the Elderly

Dan joined County Councillor Joanna Spicer, Chairman of Suffolk's Health and Well Being Board and other leading health stakeholders to discuss how the NHS can encourage house builders to "future proof" homes.

Dan was delighted to be invited to open the meeting which discussed this important issue. Suffolk has an ageing population and Dan welcomes the Suffolk County Council initiative which explores ways of helping people to remain in their own homes as they grow older.


11 FEB 2014

Ipswich Sports Club

Dan dropped into Ipswich Sports Club on Henley Road last Friday. The club is looking at innovative ways of helping older people and those who are suffering from medical conditions to get back into sport and to help keep themselves fit and well.

Dr Poulter enjoyed watching a game of racquetball, tennis and an active gym session. He would like to thank Vanessa Penn for showing him around the Club.


11 FEB 2014

Henley Primary School

Dan had a very informative and enjoyable trip to Henley Primary school. First he met Head teacher, Ms Ann Waters, and Chair of Governors, Mr Toby Slater Robins for a discussion about the school and how they see the school developing in the future.

He then had a tour around the part modern, part Victorian building to see the children in their classes. He also had the opportunity to meet with the school council and very much enjoyed the question and answer session.


06 FEB 2014

Seers Medical

Last week Dan was in Debenham to visit Seers Medical. Seers Medical recently won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise 2013. It was awarded for International Trade in recognition of Seers export sales success.

He was delighted to be shown around the 5 acre site and meet many of the people who go to make up the staff of this award winning company.

Dan was able to see how the products are designed and constructed before being readied for shipping, including the use of a state of the art 3D printer.

He would like to thank Simon Rees and all the staff for taking the time out of their busy day to show him around the site.


06 FEB 2014

Dan visits Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham

Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham, where he met with Headteacher Jane Taylor before kindly being given a tour of the school by some of the year 6 pupils. He always enjoys meeting with teachers, staff and students and it was a real pleasure for Dan to see all of the afternoon classroom activities taking place during "Golden Time", including art, an inter house quiz and some computer coding. He would like to thank Jane Taylor and the year 6 pupils for inviting him to visit and for taking the time to show him around the school. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


06 FEB 2014

Witnesham Primary School host Dr Dan

Dan paid a visit to Witnesham Primary school. Here he was shown around the school by Headteacher Jan Hubbard. He then met the school council who asked him some very thought provoking questions - from what he thought about Scottish Independence to how many times he has met the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Dan would like to thank all the pupils and staff for taking the time to make his visit so enjoyable.

http://www.witneshamprimaryschool.co.uk


31 JAN 2014

Dan Opens Agricultural Cooperative’s Headquarters

Dan opened the new offices belonging to the AtlasFram Group in Framlingham. Atlas Fram is one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the country.

The ceremony was also attended by Richard Ashworth, MEP for the South East of England and a member of the Agriculture Committee in the European Parliament.

Dan was delighted to open the new headquarters and praised the Atlas Fram Group for its success and growth on the global stage.


30 JAN 2014

Occold Primary School

Dan visited Occold Primary School. Here he met head teacher Mr Paul Parslow-Williams and pupil Molly Warnes.

Molly showed Dan around the school and he was able to meet the children as they had their afternoon lessons.

After his tour Dan had a question and answer session with the whole school. He thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the children and thought they asked some extremely interesting and thought provoking questions.

Dan commented

"I would like to thank head Paul Parslow-Williams, Molly and everyone connected to the school for taking the time to show me all that is good about Occold Primary."

http://www.occold.suffolk.sch.uk/


30 JAN 2014

Kesgrave Students Visit Westminster

A group of year 10 students from Kesgrave High School made the trip from Suffolk to Westminster for a tour of Parliament last week.

The students were shown around the famous building, where MPs' debate new laws and hold the Government to account, and heard more about the history and traditions of Parliament.

Dr Poulter, who has visited Kesgrave High School on many occasions, said, 'Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people to the opportunity to learn about Britain's history, democracy and our law-making process.'

'I hope the students found their day informative and enjoyable and I very much look forward to visiting Kesgrave High School again soon.'

http://www.kesgrave.suffolk.sch.uk/


30 JAN 2014

Dr Poulter Visits Yaxley Care Home

Dr Poulter was delighted to visit Yaxley Care Home and to meet with manager Paula Baker. Dan was able to discuss how Yaxley Care Home looks after its patients, especially those who suffer from dementia. He was shown around the home and met some of the patients and their families.

One of the biggest health challenges facing Suffolk is our growing ageing population; this means increasing numbers of older people require help and support. It is therefore pleasing to see another Suffolk care home rising to the challenge of looking after our more vulnerable members of society.


25 JAN 2014

Cotton Community Cafe

Dan went along to visit the very successful Cotton Community Cafe. Here he was able to meet people from Cotton and the surrounding area. Keeping in touch with local residents is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to have a coffee and listen to local people's views.


22 JAN 2014

Dr Dan Officially Opens New Veterinary Practice

Over a 130 people celebrated the opening of a new Veterinary Practice in Debenham. Owner and principal veterinary surgeon Peter Wilson welcomed Dan to the official opening.

Before cutting the ribbon and declaring the new practice open Dan was shown around the new practice and was able to see behind the scenes.

As a dog and cat owner Dan was delighted to cut the ribbon and declare the practice officially open.

Photo: Dan cutting ribon with Peter Wilson


15 JAN 2014

Stonham Aspal School

Dan visited Stonham Aspal School. Here he met with the head teacher Mr Paul Hesketh and the Chairmen of Governors. Dan was shown around the school and was able to meet the children as they had their morning lessons.

Dan also dropped into the very successful Pre-School to see what the children were getting up to!

Dan said

"Education in Suffolk has come under the spotlight recently, good schools such as Stonham Aspal show that with the right support and encouragement our schools can provide a great learning experience for Suffolk's children.

"I would like to congratulate the head Paul Hesketh and everyone connected to the school for all that they have achieved. A good school at the heart of their community"


15 JAN 2014

Permastore

Permastore is one of the top 100 companies in Suffolk and a significant local employer with 217 employees. Dan dropped in to learn more about this local success story.

Based in Eye, Permastore are specialist manufacturers of modular bolted liquid and dry bulk storage tanks and silos. Dan was taken on a tour of the factory; here he was shown the manufacturing process and able to see the new £500,000 CNC laser cutting machine. He was also able to meet some of the skilled staff as they worked on the production lines.

Dan commented

"Permastore is a great advert for Suffolk business, a company which is investing in its future and continuing to build on its worldwide success."


15 JAN 2014

BLT Circuit Services

Based in Eye BLT Circuit Services is a specialist manufacturing company and are one of the largest UK Manufacturers of Nitrogen cast solders.

Dan was shown around by Managing Director by Mr Terry Boby and learnt how the company operates and about their growth plans for the future.

Dan is a great supporter of local business, large and small. He was delighted to hear about the company and how it has grown since beginning in 1989. Businesses like BLT Circuit Services are the backbone of Suffolk's economy.


07 JAN 2014

Dan Supporting the Emergency Services

Over the Christmas period Dan wanted to pay tribute to the hard working doctors, nurses, police and paramedics and many others who work on the frontline of our emergency services and who provided us with a dedicated service all through the Christmas and New Year period.

Along with Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, Dan went to show support to the staff who were running the A&E service at West Suffolk Hospital. They were kind enough to show Dan and David around and explain how their department was set to run throughout the holiday period. Dan and David also spoke to many hard working staff and visited the wards and recovery areas where A&E patients would go if they needed to stay in hospital a little longer after initial treatment.

Later in the evening and during the night, Dan joined some of our local police officers in Ipswich for one of their night shifts. Starting at 10:00pm and finishing at 4:00am (the officers started before and finished after Dan did!). Patrolling the centre of Ipswich Town centre they ensured everybody could enjoy their evening out in safety, with the knowledge if they needed help it was close at hand. Dan also spent some time in one of the response cars answering calls as they flashed in from the control room.

On Christmas Day Dan went to Ipswich Hospital and was welcomed by Nick Hulme (CEO) who took him on a tour of the wards including the Acute Admissions Unit, Elderly Care and to meet some new mothers and babies in the Maternity Unit. Dan then spent a very informative and interesting time with many members of staff and sat in on the Daily Operations Meeting.


18 DEC 2013

Dr Dan meets students at the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich

Dan went back at Ormiston Endeavour Academy to meet with a group of students who had been working on a project concerning the census.

They had previously met Dan to talk about the census and how government uses the data collected to help make policy. After the original meeting and an exchange of letters the students were inspired to question Dan further about his role as a MP and he was delighted to come back to the school and answer their questions and discuss his job as Minister and local MP.


18 DEC 2013

Sensing Change

Dan visited leading Suffolk service, Sensing Change, which is based in Ipswich. They provide services to people with sight and/or hearing loss and help them regain their confidence and independence.

From teaching Braille to helping people relearn basic skills such as making a cup of tea or getting dressed, staff at Sensing Change help individuals to overcome their fears and anxieties helping them to stay in their homes and communities, near to their loved ones and friends.

Dan commented

"We should be proud that here in Ipswich is a service that has been acknowledged by the RNIB as providing a "Gold Standard" and I would like to thank Managing Director Caroline Carr and all here staff for taking the time to meet me."


18 DEC 2013

Dan in the "Hot Seat"

Dan took the "hot seat" at Radio Suffolk on the Mark Murphy show with stand in presenter Ronnie Barbour. Dan took calls from local Suffolk residents on a number of different subjects including questions about health and topical issues of the day.

Dan enjoys the chance to engage with people and being in the "hot seat" gives him the opportunity to do that.


12 DEC 2013

Biscuits and Nursery Rhymes

Dan joined a group of local families enjoying a session run by Mid Suffolk Home Start at Worlingworth Community Centre. As Dan entered the children were helping to make some rather delicious biscuits as well as singing some favourite and well loved nursery rhymes.

Organisations like Home Start play a significant role in helping families with practical help and support. Often their help can make sure a family stays together ensuring the children get the best possible start in life and helping to prevent problems from arising in the future.


12 DEC 2013

40th Birthday

Dan was delighted to join the children and staff at Badingham Playschool and enjoy a slice of 40th Birthday cake. The playschool is celebrating 40 years of providing fun, education and support to the children of Badingham and the surrounding villages.

Between slices of cake Dan chatted to a group of Mums who were extremely positive about the playschool and the key role it played in the lives of their children.


08 DEC 2013

Dan on Radio Castle in Framlingham

Last Friday, Dan visited the Framlingham Technology Centre for an afternoon slot with Councillor Christopher Hudson on community radio station, Radio Castle. Listeners were able to tune in and hear Dan online. Among the topics that came up was the refurbishment of the Maternity Unit at Ipswich Hospital, which Dan had opened on the 5th December.

Radio Castle, which operates out of the Framlingham Technology Centre, was set up in 2011 by directors Christopher Hudson, Colin Walker and Rupert Darrant and is run as a community interest company. Community radio stations like Castle Radio play a vital role in reaching out to local people.


07 DEC 2013

Christmas comes to Hoxne

At this time of year, many of Suffolk's communities come together by putting on Christmas fayres, bazaars and markets to usher in and celebrate the festive season.

Dan visited the Christmas Bazaar at Hoxne on Saturday; here he even got the chance to meet Father Christmas!

He was delighted to meet so many people at the Bazaar and congratulates everyone who helped make it a great success.


07 DEC 2013

Dan shops at Laxfield Market

On Saturday Dan paid a visit to the very popular Laxfield Market. He thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet stall holders and customers. Local markets like Laxfield play an important role in the life of our villages and Market Towns and Dan is very pleased to support them.


01 DEC 2013

Dan Switches On The Christmas Lights

Dan was delighted to switch on the Christmas lights on Market Hill in Framlingham. With the new 30ft Christmas tree making the perfect festive backdrop.

Dan would like to thank all those who have worked so hard in Framlingham to make the town look so special. The local community will be rightly proud of all they have achieved.


30 NOV 2013

St John Ambulance Coffee Morning

Dan attended the very successful St John Ambulance Coffee Morning in Framlingham on Saturday morning.

Here he was not only able to support the St John Ambulance service but was able to meet people from Framlingham and the surrounding area. Keeping in touch with local residents is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to have a coffee and listen to local people's views.


20 NOV 2013

Scissors at the Ready

Dan joined local Sub postmaster of Dales Road Post Office Stephen Jordan to cut the ribbon at the newly refurbished post office.

Dan said: "I am delighted to open this refurbished post office. It has been transformed into a modern and professional unit and the open-plan counters make it far easier for customers and staff to talk to each other without the need to shout."

"This post office is vital to the local community and I am confident the improvements will be warmly welcomed by my constituents. Extending the opening hours at the start and the end of the day helps customers to pop in before they go to work or visit on their way home."


20 NOV 2013

Dan listens to local students

Dan met with young people last week at Endeavour House in Ipswich to listen to their presentations. This was the culmination of their civic engagement project.

The students from Westbourne Sports College and the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in North Ipswich spoke about improving traffic flow in Ipswich and the regeneration of a local park.

Dan was very impressed with how the students had gone about researching, constructing and presenting their projects. He congratulates them on their hard work and wishes them well for the future.


20 NOV 2013

Dan meets the W.I.

Dan was invited to speak to the Worlingworth & Tannington branch of the Women's Institute, one of the many W.I. groups in his constituency. The Worlingworth & Tannington branch were formed in 1921, not long after the Women's Institute was formed in 1915.

He spoke about his work as a NHS doctor, life as an MP and his role as a Health Minister. He then took part in a question and answer session covering many topics.

Dan was delighted to address the branch and enjoyed meeting and speaking to members before his talk.

To find out more about the Worlingworth & Tannington branch of the W.I. click here


20 NOV 2013

Dan visits Paddy Geere Care Home

Last week, Dan visited Paddy Geere House in Ipswich to meet with and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake with the residents.

He was show how the residents have been using an iPad to keep in contact with family members across the country and overseas.

Dan thoroughly enjoyed his time chatting to the residents and listening to their stories and very much looks forward to his next visit.


11 NOV 2013

Dan pays tribute to fallen servicemen at Remembrance Day service in Bramford

On Sunday, Dan attended the Remembrance Day service held at Bramford Church where he gave a reading. He marched with members of the Royal British Legion, Scouts and Guides from Mill Lane to the Church where wreaths were laid. On Sunday a number of Remembrance Day services were held in towns and villages across Suffolk, as thousands of people paid their respects towards our brave Armed Forces and those who have died in conflict since the First World War.

Dan then joined members of the Royal British legion at their local club to view their display of medals and met many more veterans.

Remembrance Sunday is a special time of year, where people of all ages have the chance to pause, reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives for us. The conflict in Afghanistan has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.

Dan was very proud to see so many people in Suffolk showing their support for our Armed Forces.


08 NOV 2013

Cafe 66 - Service with a smile

Café 66 is fantastic local community project. It serves hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, cakes, hot meals and salads. You can eat in or take-away.

What makes Café 66 special are its staff, friendly, welcoming and fun to chat to. The serving staff have varying learning disabilities but they make it a great place to stop by.

Dan dropped by and enjoyed a cup of tea and the chance to chat to the staff and customers. He thoroughly enjoyed his time and wishes everybody well and hopes to visit again soon.

http://www.cafe66.org.uk/index.htm


02 NOV 2013

Dr Dan holds a Meet Your MP event in Debenham

Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP event in Debenham. Here he met a large number of people and discussed a variety of issues. Dan also managed to take a tour around Debenham and the local shops. Here he can be seen chatting to the owner of the local Post Office.

He always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents directly, and to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dan would like to extend his thanks to all of those who attended, and looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.


25 OCT 2013

Dan Visits Outstanding Highfield Children's Centre

Dan along with Cllr Chris Stewart (who is a governor) visited Highfield Children's Centre in North West Ipswich. Highfield has just received another outstanding report from Ofstead.

Dan had the chance to meet some of the children who were enjoying themselves making cakes or playing in the outside area. He was shown around by Lil Newton head of the Children's Centre and had a great opportunity to see what makes Highfield such a fantastic place for young children to attend.


23 OCT 2013

Westminster Flu Clinic

Dan attended Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons. Dan wants to encourage everyone to get this season's flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.

Dan said "Flu can be a very serious illness for certain groups of people. I would therefore encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the 'at risk' groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated."


19 OCT 2013

Monewden Coffee Morning

Dan went along to a successful coffee morning at Monewden. Here he was able to meet people from Monewden and the surrounding area.  Keeping in touch with local residents is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to have a coffee and listen to local people's views.


18 OCT 2013

Ipswich Eagles

Last Friday Dan paid a visit to one of Ipswich's amazingly successful cycle speedway clubs, the Ipswich Eagles (Kesgrave Panthers are, of course, our other leading club). It was their Academy training evening, open to new comers and under 10s. Dan stood by the side of the floodlit track at the Whitton Sports and Community Centre and watched an England International flying around the track at breakneck speed and really enjoyed the experience of being a spectator at a very interesting sporting evening.

Boys and girls of all ages were expertly marshalled by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers and coaches and were put through their paces in a number of fun races and exercises, either as individuals or as part of a team. Dan thought it was fantastic to see so many children enjoying themselves having fun, keeping fit and making new friends.

Dan was also pleased to see so many parents and volunteers giving up their time to help these children learn new sporting and social skills.


17 OCT 2013

Dan at McDonald's

Dan paid a visit to the busy McDonald's in Whitehouse Ipswich. Here he met franchisee Mark Richards and some of his 80 staff.

Dan heard from Mark how the franchise is growing by the end of the year an extra 25 people will have been employed, taking the total number to 95

He also heard how McDonald's spends some £360m a year supporting British farmers and food producers through its UK supply chain.

Dan said

"It's great to see McDonald's training and employing so many local people in North West Ipswich, and I am particularly encouraged by the support being shown to local farmers and food producers by McDonalds. The expanded menu and food labelling also helps people to understand what they are eating and make a healthy choice."

Finally Dan tried his hand at making a Big Mac but after several attempts decided to stick to his job as a NHS doctor delivering babies!


05 OCT 2013

Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers Conference

Dan was delighted to be able to address the annual conference of the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers. Dan spoke about integrated social care and was able to meet many of the delegates to discuss a variety of care issues.


05 OCT 2013

Healthy Hart: MP helps secure strong future for Hartismere Hospital

A well attended event of the Hartismere League of Friends met at Hartismere Hospital in Eye to hear from local MP Dr Dan Poulter and members of the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about future plans to expand the community health services available at the hospital.

Local MP and medical doctor Dan Poulter had already succeeded in securing money for the recent £1.5 million refurbishment of Hartismere, and the meeting discussed how the CCG plan to better utilise the Hartismere Hospital site for the benefit of the local community.

Dr Dan Poulter said:

"After a long fight to save the hospital by myself, the League of Friends and others, it was very pleasing to hear how the local CCG intend to continue to use this great local resource.

"I am pleased that the hospital has a secure future in providing services to local people in Eye and the surrounding area.

"It is a testament to Leagues work and the popularity and importance of the hospital to rural communities that so many people came to the meeting to engage with the local health professionals and me"


04 OCT 2013

Let's Get Active

Dan took part in pre event warm up for a "Let's Get Active" session at Whitton Sports and Community Centre.

The initiative was organised by Healthy Ambitions, the charity is aiming to get more people on the move and improve their health and fitness something Dan supports.


01 OCT 2013

Coffee and Cake

Dan along with members of staff of Suffolk County Council enjoying coffee and cake at a Macmillan "Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning" held at Endeavour House.

To find out more about Macmillan and the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" click here


28 SEP 2013

Macmillan coffee morning in Tuddenham

Dan enjoying a coffee at a Macmillan "World's Biggest  Coffee Morning" organised by the Tuddenham St Martin WI.

To find out more about Macmillan and the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" click here


22 SEP 2013

"Belles on Bikes"

Dan starting the 3rd annual "Belles on Bikes" charity cycle ride in aid of ovarian cancer. It is the only all ladies charity bike ride in Suffolk. Starting at Castle Meadow in Framlingham this increasingly popular bike ride takes place in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Two routes of either 18.5 or 43.5 miles allowed riders of all abilities to take part enjoy themselves and most importantly raise money for an important charity.


17 SEP 2013

North West Ipswich Big Local Trust: "Big Local" event

Along with hundreds of people Dan attend the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust "Big Local" event.

Here he was able to get his blood pressure checked, view the vegetable competition and speak to some police cadets. There were many other activities and Dan thoroughly enjoyed his time there.

He also signed up to the excellent SAFEkey run by Suffolk Police. A scheme designed to take the worry out of losing your house keys.

To find out more about SAFEkey click here


16 SEP 2013

Bruisyard Coffee Morning

Dan went along to the successful coffee morning at Bruisyard. Here he was able to meet local people from Bruisyard and the surrounding areas and discuss their concerns directly with them.

Keeping in touch with local people is one of Dan's main priorities and he enjoys the chance to attend local events like these.


16 SEP 2013

Badingham Village Sign

Dan was honoured to be asked to unveil the new village sign in Badingham on Saturday 7th September. The whole community came together to help create a fantastic new sign, which the village can be justifiably proud.

To read more about the sign, its design and construction click here


16 SEP 2013

Anglia Freight - A Local Company Working Nationally

Dr Dan Poulter was back in Eye visiting successful local haulier Anglia Freight. Dan was given a tour of the business and the opportunity to meet members of staff. He learned how the business has grown concentrating on Logistics, Warehousing, Distribution and Forwarding.

Businesses like Anglia Freight play a vital role in Suffolk's economy, generating income and employing local people in skilled jobs.


02 SEP 2013

Dan helps bring the harvest home

Dr Dan Poulter along with local NFU representative Rachel Carrington toured local farms and experienced at first hand the diverse skills needed to work in the agricultural industry.

Sitting in the cab of a combine harvester as it harvested a field of oilseed rape, Dan was able to learn for himself the skills required to operate such a complex machine.

He was also able to gain an insight into the important work carried out by famers in the preservation and sustainability of our glorious Suffolk countryside.


21 AUG 2013

B&Q

Amy Flatman and Brian Tibbles were on hand to show Dan around the B&Q store in Whitton.

Dan was given a comprehensive tour of the store and had the opportunity to meet members of the B&Q team. Dan was interested to learn how timber in store can be traced back to the individual tree it was cut from.


21 AUG 2013

Aspall Cyder

Aspall Cyder welcomed Dan for a tour around their premises. Dan was able to hear about the company's plans for the future and see some of the building work in progress.

Dan was also able to meet with some of the staff who help make this Suffolk company an international success story.

Dan would like to thank owners Henry and Barry Chevallier Guild for taking time out of their busy day to show him around.


12 AUG 2013

Wrightfield - a specialist engineering company

Dan visited Eye based engineering company Wrightfield. Here he met directors John Wilby and Paul Rose. They were able to give Dan a good impression of how business was going and what the future might hold.

He was then given a tour of the impressive engineering works.

Dan is a strong supporter of Suffolk's businesses and recognises how important their contribution is to the economy not just locally but nationally as well.

Dan would like to thank John and Paul for taking the time to speak to him.


12 AUG 2013

The Bungalow

Dan was visiting Paddock House Wellbeing Centre's bungalow the day after the birth of Prince George was announced. He was able to celebrate the great news with the members and listen to their stories of years gone by.

Dan has visited the bungalow several times and always looks forward to spending time there.


12 AUG 2013

Eye

The weather held off as Dan took a tour of the shops in Eye. He was accompanied by long standing Councillor Charles Flatman who introduced Dan to many of the owners, employees and customers.

Dan enjoyed a cup of tea in one of the excellent tea shops.

Small and medium-sized shops and businesses are the lifeblood of our economy in Suffolk by providing jobs for local people, driving economic growth and giving market towns like Eye their unique identity.


23 JUL 2013

Mendlesham – Not just a village

Small businesses are the back bone of the economy. Dan paid a visit to Treeincarnated, a family owned furniture maker who uses traditional skills and local Suffolk wood to make hand crafted furniture. They make and restore the unique Mendlesham chair.

Dan is delighted to support a thriving local business, doing well in the 21st century but keeping alive long-established skills and techniques in the heart of Suffolk. Dan can be seen discussing how the Mendlesham chair is constructed with business owner Jeremy Lain.


23 JUL 2013

Shawsgate Vineyard

Shawsgate Vineyard is one of East Anglia's oldest commercial vineyards. Dan met owner and grower Leslie Jarrett.

Leslie took Dan on a tour of the Vineyards explaining about the different varieties grown, how the vines were planted to create the best conditions for production of grapes. Dan was then shown how the grapes were pressed, stored, bottled and finally sold.

Suffolk is renowned for the excellent quality food and drink it produces. Shawsgate is a fine example of this great Suffolk tradition.


23 JUL 2013

A Suffolk icon

Dominating the Suffolk skyline for over 800 years, Framlingham Castle has played its part in our counties illustrious history.

Dan had a tour of the castle were Mary Tudor stayed, gathering her forces before successfully marching on London to claim the throne and become Queen Mary.

English Heritage maintains and run the site; local Site Manager Verity Hales and Regional Manager Mark Ellis were able to give Dan an insight to what it takes to keep the castle running for the public to enjoy.

If you want a fun and interesting day out Dan recommends taking a trip to one of Suffolk's most iconic buildings.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/framlingham-castle/


15 JUL 2013

Politics, Lions and Ashes at Earl Soham School

Dan visited Earl Soham Primary school and was given a tour around the school by budding politician Harry Nesling. Dan thoroughly enjoyed his visit, he and Harry both being sports fans chatted about the recent Loins tour and England's performance in the Ashes.

Dan was pleased to be able to see a great small school in action and paid tribute to headteacher Karl Pearce, teachers and their assistants for all the hard work they have put into the school.

http://www.earlsoham.suffolk.sch.uk/


15 JUL 2013

Suffolk Life in Framlingham

Magazine Publisher Today Magazines based in Framlingham welcomed Dan to their offices. Here he met with owner Kevin Davis and members of his staff. He had a glimpse of the advertising and design sections of the business and was able to read some of their publications including Suffolk and Norfolk Life.

Dan is a great supporter of local business and was pleased to see Today Magazines going from strength to strength employing local people and helping Suffolk's economy.


15 JUL 2013

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust carries out enormously important work, protecting and sustaining our glorious Suffolk countryside.

Dan was delighted to meet with Chief Executive Julian Roughton, members of his team and some volunteers to hear about the current projects and work the Trust is involved with.

The Trust plays a key role in the local community working not just with the local wildlife but local volunteers to. Volunteering has many benefits not just for the Trust but in terms of well being, helping people to cope with illnesses such as depression.

http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/


15 JUL 2013

Wickham Market Carers: Leading the way in Suffolk

At a packed Wickham Market Village hall, Dan presented certificates to volunteers who had completed the training course run by local community group Wickham Market Respite & Care.

Dan has often highlighted the challenges facing Ipswich and Suffolk in terms of properly caring for our growing ageing population, which will require better coordinated thinking between local social services and NHS care providers to deliver more community-focussed healthcare.

Wickham Market Respite and care is a perfect example of a community group leading the way providing care for ageing and vulnerable people.

I would like to thank Pam Bell and her volunteers for all the hard work and dedication they have put into making this scheme such a success.


02 JUL 2013

Bees and a Bygone Era

Sunday saw Dan visit the stunning wildlife meadow at Worlingworth. Owner Matthew Hicks opened his meadow in aid of charity, supporting the St Mary's Church Worlingworth Restoration Fund and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT).

Dan and Bruno (on a lead) enjoyed a gentle stroll around this piece of bygone Suffolk. The Bee hives were of particular interest and will soon be the stars of a forth coming TV series.


02 JUL 2013

Local Primary Back On The Road To Success

After a difficult time Worlingworth Primary school is bouncing back. Dan went to see how the school is progressing.

The school had some fantastic displays and great work on show. The pupils have been working very hard led by the very able staff under the leadership of Andrew Bloom.

The children then had a lively question and answer with Dan and asked some very interesting questions.

Click the link to find out more about Worlingworth school:

http://www.worlingworthschool.co.uk


02 JUL 2013

Dan visits important local employer

Dan paid a visit to long standing local company Sackers Recycling on Gipping Road.

Here joint Managing Director Adrian Dodds showed Dan around the business, pointing out some of their sophisticated metal extraction equipment and explaining how they operate.

Dan is pleased to support an important local employer. Businesses like Sackers are the foundation for future success not only here in Suffolk but nationally as well.


02 JUL 2013

Somersham and Bramford Primary schools question Dan

Dan was delighted to visit Bramford and Somersham Primary schools. Both schools are run by Head Teacher Mr John Eden, supported by a team of dedicated staff, assistants and parents.

Dan answered questions from both school councils who asked a range of questions, about his work as an MP and if he had met the Queen! (Dan hasn't met her yet!).

Click the links to find out more about Bramford and Somersham schools:

http://www.bramford.suffolk.sch.uk/

http://www.somershamprimary.net/


21 JUN 2013

Walnes Seeds opening

Dan was honoured to open Walnes Seeds new seed plant and storage site in Earl Soham. As Dan met employees and local farmers he applauded the growth of Walnes Seeds, a community based company trading for over 60 years.

The agricultural community and the role of local businesses is an area of utmost importance to Dan, and Walnes Seeds provides a strong example of what can be achieved by Suffolk's small businesses, whilst highlighting the strength of the regions agricultural sector.


17 JUN 2013

Debenham High School

After a tour of the school Dan met members of the Year 7 debating team who grilled him with questions worthy of the Chamber in the House of Commons!

He then went on to meet a number of year 10 students and discussed with them what they have been doing as part of the curriculum and some of their extracurricular activities. Dan was impressed with the variety of their work and interests.

http://www.debenhamhighschool.suffolk.sch.uk/


17 JUN 2013

Thomas Mills High School

Dan paid a visit to the sixth form at Thomas Mills High school. After a brief introduction by Dan, he and the assembled sixth formers had a wide ranging discussion covering many issues from current affairs to rural transport.

http://www.thomasmills.suffolk.sch.uk/


17 JUN 2013

Paddock House - Exciting times Ahead

Dan was shown around Paddock House he not only had a chance to spend some time with the residents but was also able to view the plans for the new building due in early 2015.

Dan had fought to keep Paddock House open and is exceptionally pleased the care home has a great future. Care UK has great plans, the new building being one of them.


17 JUN 2013

£100,000 for Charity

Dan was delighted to present certificates to students Jessica Simms-Baalham and Jack Bowman recognising the outstanding fund raising success of the pupils of Hartismere High School. They have raised £100,000 for many different charities, an amazing achievement.

Dan also met with sixth formers and had a thought provoking discussion with them covering a diverse range of subjects.

http://www.hartismere.com/


29 MAY 2013

Dr Dan And Country Landowners Association Back Local Farmers And Food Producers At Suffolk Show

Dan was keynote speaker the Country Land and Business Association breakfast meeting at the Suffolk Show and reiterated his support for Suffolk's farmers and food producers and emphasised the vital role they play in providing fresh, nutritious food.

In his role as a Government Health Minister, Dan is leading efforts to ensure that farmers and food producers supply more locally sourced food to hospitals and other publically funded organisations.

Speaking to an audience of 250 people Dan said: 'Suffolk rightly has an excellent reputation for its locally produced food and drink and I am a great supporter of our local farmers, who have an important role to play not just in boosting our local economy but in improving patient health.'

'All hospitals should be providing high quality, fresh and nutritious food for patients, families and NHS staff, which means backing our local farmers and food producers here in Suffolk. Hospital patients benefit by having a varied and appetising menu and local farmers also gain by being able to sell their produce locally. '

Nicola Currie CLA Regional Director said 'We were delighted to have Dr Poulter as our speaker at the CLA' Suffolk Show Breakfast. Cutting food miles by serving local food in our hospitals is the right way forward, helping patients, our local economy and the environment."


28 MAY 2013

Islands and Dragons at Bedfield Primary School!

Dan paid a visit to Bedfield Primary School. Here he was shown around by Headteacher Jill Overbury, the children showed Dan their recent work which included designing and building their own Island. He also saw the younger children preparing food to sell to a Dragon.... Dan then met with the school council who asked some very thought provoking questions about his work as a MP and the government's work.

Dan was pleased to visit another successful and happy Suffolk school.

Click here to find out more about Bedfield Primary School


28 MAY 2013

Singing to Success

Wilby Primary School has been awarded a Gold Sing Up award and Dan was pleased to be able to present the award to Headteacher Philippa Nunn.

The children and staff lead by Assistant head Roisin Wiseman sang a medley of songs for Dan and parents. Their performance was outstanding and greatly appreciated by all those in the audience.

Click here to find out more about Wilby Primary School.


28 MAY 2013

Dan visits Easton Grange

Dan was given a tour of a brand new enterprise in the village of Easton. Alastair Kerr has created a new venue for weddings and showed Dan around the group of new and sympathetically restored buildings.

Dan wishes Easton Grange success for the future and is pleased there is another new business opening in Suffolk providing jobs and a boost for the local economy.


28 MAY 2013

A Thriving Local Business

Dan was delighted to visit to P Tuckwell Ltd a long standing and thriving Suffolk business.

Dan was shown around the premises by Managing Director Paul Tuckwell and was given an overview of their business which includes selling agricultural machinery, professional mowing equipment and garden equipment.

Local businesses play an important role in Suffolk's rural economy and Dan is pleased to support such a successful local business.


23 MAY 2013

Local Suffolk library celebrates its 10th Birthday

Last week, Dan dropped in on the celebrations for Debenham Library's 10th birthday. Despite the best efforts of the weather Dan was pleased to see such a large number of people turn up to enjoy the occasion.

The continued success of Debenham Library is down to the hard work of members from the local community, who first came together to take over the current building which had been left empty by a bank ten years ago. When the future of some of our public libraries was cast into doubt in 2011, Dan helped to lead a campaign to keep Debenham Library open and remembers attending the 24 hour 'read-in' and signing the Save Debenham Library wall.

He is delighted to have played his part in helping to secure the future of the library, which will soon be moving to the local village primary school in order to expand its book stock and range of services for the community. Dan wishes all the staff and volunteers every success in their new building and looks forward to visiting in the near future.

To find out more about Debenham Library click here


23 MAY 2013

Dr Dan visits The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich

As an NHS doctor Dan is very supportive of hospices and the vital work and services they provide.

He was privileged to be able to visit the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich, which is run by the East Anglia Children's Hospices charity and provides support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families from Suffolk. Dan met many of the dedicated staff and volunteers, some from around the region. He also met three inspirational mums and their children while looking in on a music therapy session.

Dan has always given his support to hospices in Suffolk and will continue to campaign to ensure their voice is heard and recognition is given to them for the work they do in looking after families.

To find out more about The Treehouse click here


23 MAY 2013

Surprise for Stradbroke Primary School teacher Laura Wilbourn

At a surprise gathering of the whole school Dan was delighted to be able to present teacher Laura Wilbourn with the prestigious, Pearson Teaching Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School.

Dan, along with the rest of the school was able to see a short presentation about Laura and what made the judges choose her. Laura was one of only 62 teachers from across the country who were selected from more than 24,000 nominations to receive this award. Laura will be competing at the national final in October and Dan joins the school in wishing her the best of luck.

Dan was delighted to be back supporting Stradbroke School.

To find out more about Stradbroke Primary School, click here


23 MAY 2013

Dr Dan goes to the Opticians

Dan visited local optician James Underwood at Country Vision in Framlingham. Here he was shown around by James who demonstrated some of the latest pieces of equipment he uses to check his patient's eyes and make glasses.

Not only was Dan able to show his on going support for local Suffolk businesses but was reminded how important eye tests are. An eye test is not only there to see if you may need glasses but it can also detect other medical conditions such as, diabetes, high blood pressure and glaucoma. Dan urges all his constituents to take care of their eyes and to get them tested regularly.

Click here to find out more about eye health


16 MAY 2013

Debenham High School students visit Westminster for tour of Parliament

Teacher Jessica Hood-Wright and Debenham High School pupils visit Parliament A group of students from Debenham High School made the trip from Suffolk to Westminster for a tour of Parliament earlier this week.

The students were shown around the famous building, where MPs’ debate new laws and hold the Government to account, and heard more about the history and traditions of Parliament.

Dr Poulter, who has visited Debenham High School on many occasions, said, ‘Visiting Parliament is always a memorable experience and it offers young people to the opportunity to learn about Britain’s history, democracy and our law-making process.’

‘I hope the students found their day informative and enjoyable and I very much look forward to visiting Debenham High School again soon.’


13 MAY 2013

Dr Dan helps secure £17 million investment for 145 more ambulances for Suffolk and East Anglia

Dr Dan with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb at a meeting with East of England Ambulance Service Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has welcomed the East of England Ambulance Service Trust’s decision to invest £17 million on 145 brand new ambulances and 110 rapid response cars between now and the end of June 2014.

Together with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, Dr Dan has led a campaign for more resources to be given to local frontline NHS paramedics and this new investment is good news for patients in Suffolk. Dr Dan will continue to keep the situation under review to ensure that improvements are made to ambulance response times for patients, particularly in more rural areas of Suffolk.

Dr Dan said; ‘This is fantastic news and long overdue that the ambulance trust has finally woken up to the fact that more resources are needed on the frontline.

‘This is something I have been campaigning for since I was elected as MP in 2010, and I am delighted the hard work put in by myself and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has paid off.

‘This shows the ambulance trust has listened to what we have known for three years, what patients have known and what frontline paramedics have been saying. We now need to make sure this is delivered.’


03 MAY 2013

Dr Dan meets with teachers and pupils at Fressingfield Primary School

Dr Dan speaks to members of the School Council during his visit to Fressingfield Primary SchoolDuring a busy day of local visits, it was a pleasure for Dan to meet with young people at Fressingfield Primary School. He was taken on a tour of the small rural primary school by Headteacher Mark Taylor, before speaking to pupils in the School Council and answering their questions.

Dan is a great supporter of our small rural schools, such as Fressingfield Primary, and has raised his concerns surrounding the challenges they face with Government Ministers on many occasions. These challenges include the cost and availability of transport for pupils to and from school and lower pupil admission numbers. The pupils were a real credit to their teachers and Dan very much looks forward to visiting again soon.


03 MAY 2013

Dr Dan meets with young people at Stradbroke Primary School

Dr Dan with the Stradbroke Primary School student council pupils following his Q&A sessionDan continued his focus on meeting with young people and our hardworking teachers when he visited to Stradbroke Primary School last week. He was given a tour of the rural primary school by Headteacher Mrs Melanie Barrow, before speaking to the Year 6 Student Council about the work he does as your local MP and answering their questions on a number of issues, both local and national.

Under Mrs Barrow’s leadership, Stradbroke Primary School has gone from strength to strength and we are fortunate to have such dedicated local teachers, who act in the best interests of the children they look after and teach. Dan would like to thank everyone at Stradbroke Primary School for giving him such a warm welcome and he looks forward to visiting again.


03 MAY 2013

Local business completes successful move

Dr Dan with Managing Director of Walnes Seeds, Oliver Cooper As a great supporter of Suffolk’s rural businesses, Dan was delighted to visit Walnes Seeds in Earl Soham, where he met with Managing Director Andrew Cooper before being given a tour of the company’s new facilities. Walnes Seeds is an independent agricultural seed specialist which produces and supplies cereal, grass and pulse seeds, along with grains and fertilisers. The company recently completed the construction of a new seed plant and storage site at Moat Park, Earl Soham and Dan will be visiting again later this summer to officially open the new facilities.

Local farmers and rural businesses play a vital role in Suffolk’s economy and in our communities, and even in challenging economic times, Suffolk’s agricultural industry continues to thrive and employ more local people.


26 APR 2013

Dr Dan takes time out to talk medical ethics with Stradbroke High School pupils

Dr Dan speaks to GCSE students at Stradbroke High School about medical ethicsDan always makes time to talk to young people to encourage them in their education. Last week, Dan was delighted to visit Stradbroke High School, where he spoke to GCSE students about the subject of medical ethics, before meeting with Headteacher Andrew Bloom. As both a doctor and a Government Health Minister, Dan understands more than most the arguments and sensitivities surrounding contentious issues such as abortion, IVF treatment, Euthanasia and stem cell research, and he presented both sides of the argument as well as highlighting his own experience of working as an NHS hospital doctor, when answering the students’ questions.

He very much enjoyed the discussion and would like to thank Ruth Hurren, Head of Philosophy and Ethics and PSHE, for inviting him to speak to the students. We are fortunate to have many dedicated and committed teachers and school governors in Suffolk who act in the best interests of the children they look after and teach. Under Headteacher Andrew Bloom’s leadership, Stradbroke High School became an Academy Trust last year and has continued to go from strength to strength. Dan will continue to fight for the interests of Suffolk’s rural schools and he looks forward to visiting Stradbroke High School again soon.


26 APR 2013

Dr Dan backs successful Suffolk drinks company James White Drinks in Ashbocking

Dr Dan is shown round WhiteDan is a great supporter of our local farmers and food and drink producers in Suffolk, who play a vital role in our local economy and in our communities. He was delighted to visit White’s Farm, home of James White Drinks, which produces a wide range of freshly pressed fruit juices. Dan was given a tour of the facilities and the allotments by General Manager James Mwayi and saw how the juices are pressed and bottled, before stopping to talk to some of the company’s employees.

James White Drinks has been based in Suffolk for over 22 years and started as a small cider maker, before moving into the production of fresh apple juices. The company has won numerous awards and now sells its juices across the world. Its beetroot juice has gained much media attention, and was even used by the UK , Irish, Australian , Canadian and Belgian Olympic teams last year.

Suffolk rightly has an excellent reputation for its locally produced food and drink and Dan knows that people in Suffolk value the opportunity to support local producers by purchasing food and drink that is from their local area. Dan will continue to be a strong voice for Suffolk’s farmers and food producers and he would like to thank Managing Director Lawrence Mallinson for inviting him to visit.


26 APR 2013

Dr Dan praises successful local apprentices and listens to the views of young people at Otley College

Dr Dan with students at Otley College following his Question & Answer sessionLast week, Dan paid one of his regular visits to Otley College to speak to students about the work he is doing in Parliament, before answering their questions on a range of issues, both local and national. Dan also met with the Principal, David Lawrence, and heard more about Otley’s merger with Easton College in Norfolk and its increasingly successful apprenticeship scheme for young people.

Dan strongly believes in giving young people the best chance of securing long-term jobs and is delighted that both the Government and our local businesses and colleges are working together to fund thousands of apprenticeships in Suffolk. Thanks to the Government’s efforts to support more young people into education, training and work, record numbers of young people in Suffolk are now finding their way into apprenticeships and vocational training courses at our local colleges. Between 2009/10 to 2011/12, the number of available apprenticeship places increased in Suffolk between by 2,560 to 6,270. At Easton and Otley College, 124 young people were supported into apprenticeship schemes in 2012/13.

Otley College specialises in further and higher education courses in animal care, horticulture and countryside management, and in recent years has expanded by adding a new equine centre, state of the art construction centre, business centre and learning resource centre for learners taking vocational courses.

We are lucky to have a resource like Otley College in Suffolk, which is playing an essential role in providing real training opportunities for young people, supporting our businesses and boosting the local economy. Dan would like to thank David Lawrence and Head of Student Services, Greer Hill, along with all the staff and students, for welcoming him to the college and very much looks forward to visiting again.


20 APR 2013

Dr Dan supports Kesgrave Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers

Dr Dan talks to volunteers of the Kesgrave Good Neighbour SchemeAfter meeting with local food producers at the Kesgrave Market, it was a pleasure for Dan to talk to volunteers from the Kesgrave Good Neighbour Scheme about their fantastic work in the community. Having worked in his spare time for charities providing support to the homeless, and those suffering with mental health and drug abuse problems, Dan believes we have a duty to look after the most vulnerable in our local communities and knows that volunteers provide an invaluable service for those in need of support.

At a full meeting, Dan was left in no doubt that the big society is alive and well in Suffolk, as he heard more about the work of the scheme, which matches any resident of Kesgrave, who needs a little help, to a neighbour who can give it, free of charge. From simple tasks such as gardening, cooking, shopping or housecleaning, the scheme encourages local residents to spare some of their time helping more vulnerable members of the community, such as the frail elderly.

Representatives from other community groups such as Suffolk Acre, the Rural Coffee Caravan and the Kesgrave Safer Neighbourhood Team, were also present at the meeting.

Dan is proud of all the volunteers who devote so much of their time to helping others in Kesgrave and elsewhere in Suffolk. He would also like to thank Jane Cody, who helps to run the Good Neighbour Scheme, for her commitment to the community in Kesgrave and for introducing him to the volunteers.


20 APR 2013

Dr Dan supports Suffolk's farmers and local food producers at the Kesgrave Market

Dr Dan talks to a local stallholder at the Kesgrave MarketDan is a great supporter of shopping locally and backing Suffolk’s local farmers and food producers, who play a vital role in the local economy. Last weekend, he visited the Kesgrave Market which sells a wide range of fresh, reasonably priced, locally produced meat, fish and other local produce. Suffolk rightly has an excellent reputation for its locally produced food and drink, and Dan was delighted to see so many people supporting our local farmers and food producers at the market on Saturday.

Dan has always been a strong voice for Suffolk’s farmers in Parliament and has campaigned for more honest food labelling, so that meat products labelled 'British' only come from animals born, reared and slaughtered in Britain. He will continue to champion local farmers and food producers in Suffolk and very much looks forward to visiting the Kesgrave Market again.


19 APR 2013

Dr Dan backs school sports at Claydon Primary School and presents new Kwik Cricket set from Asda to local children

Dr Dan shows off his batting skills at Claydon Primary SchoolDan is a great believer in helping young people to engage in exercise and sport and to develop healthy lifestyles at an early age. Claydon Primary School has a successful Kwik Cricket team and Dan was delighted to present the pupils with a new Kwik Cricket kit, after the school was chosen to receive the equipment by the local branch of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Dan gave a demonstration of his cricket skills in the playground and spoke to the pupils about the importance of leading active and healthy lifestyles.

Kwik Cricket can be played indoors or outdoors, meaning schools do not need specialised facilities in order to take part and the game is designed to give both boys and girls an introduction to the sport - allowing them to field, bat and bowl.

Dan would like to thank all the teachers, staff and parents who help support school sport at Claydon and wishes the Kwik Cricket team every success.


13 APR 2013

Dr Dan supports Suffolk's young entrepreneurs at the Framlingham Country Show

Dr Dan with young entrepreneur Jess Noy at the Framlingham Country Show

Last weekend, Dan was delighted to visit the Framlingham Country Show andit was a particular pleasure for him to meet with young people from Suffolk involved in the ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ initiative, which supports young business-minded people by enabling them to exhibit and promote their products at the show. From the weekend’s evidence, there is clearly no shortage of talent in Suffolk and Dan enjoyed learning more about what our budding young entrepreneurs have been making and selling.

The Framlingham Country Show, which runs in tandem with the Suffolk Food and Drink Festival, celebrates the very best of Suffolk and the thousands of people who visited the historic market town again this year were treated to a range of activities and events, from falconry displays to woodcraft demonstrations. A wealth of locally sourced food and drink from Suffolk’s farmers and food producers was also available to buy.

Dan would like to thank organisers Paula and Guy Edmundson from the Suffolk company Classic Festivals and Events, who always put on a great show, along with all of the sponsors and residents who showed their support for this year’s event. He very much looks forward to visiting again next year.


05 APR 2013

Dr Dan visits residents at the Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham

Dr Dan with staff and residents at the Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham Dan was delighted to meet with staff, volunteers and residents at the Mills Meadow care home when he visited Framlingham last week. Mills Meadow care home provides residential and day care to older people, including dementia patients, from the Framlingham area and currently has 33 beds along with a wellbeing community centre that residents can use.

Dan was shown round the care home, which is currently being expanded to support 60 residents now that the management of the home has been transferred from Suffolk County Council to Care UK. He also enjoyed talking to residents and spent time answering their questions.

As part of Care UK’s plans, a brand new wellbeing day care centre is being developed at Mills Meadow, which will give residents who still live in their own homes the chance to meet with other people and to receive specialist care and support.

Ensuring that older people (and their families) are treated with compassion and dignity as they approach the end of their lives is something that Dan strongly believes in, both your local MP and a Government Health Minister. Care homes like Mills Meadow have a vital role to play in providing the type of personalised care that enables older people to live as independently as possible. The staff at Mills Meadow work diligently to look after the elderly residents and Dan would like to thank them for the dedicated work.


05 APR 2013

Dr Dan talks to Radio Castle listeners in Framlingham

Dr Dan speaks to Radio Castle listeners at the Framlingham Technology Centre with Councillor Christopher HudsonLast week, Dan visited the Framlingham Technology Centre for his regular slot on community radio station, Radio Castle. Listeners were able to tune in and hear Dr Poulter online, as he discussed various topical national and local issues with Councillor Christopher Hudson and Peter Warren. Among the topics that came up were the Government’s NHS reforms and Dan spoke about how giving doctors and nurses – the people who know their patients best – a much greater say in how our health service is run will deliver an NHS that puts patients first and is true to its founding values.

Radio Castle, which operates out of the Framlingham Technology Centre, was set up in 2011 by directors Christopher Hudson, Colin Walker and Rupert Darrant and is run as a community interest company. Community radio stations like Castle Radio play a vital in reaching out to local people and Dan would like to thank Christopher Hudson and Peter Warren for inviting him onto Radio Castle. He very much looks forward to appearing on the station again soon.


05 APR 2013

Dr Dan supports community initiative at Whitton United

Dr Dan with Lucky Singh and Mel Clitherow, of Hollesley Bay Prison, at Whitton United FCDan is a great supporter of Whitton United FC in North Ipswich and, since being elected as your local MP, has done all he can to help improve the club’s facilities. Whitton United looks after over 250 youngsters and sits at the heart of the local community in North Ipswich. It is also involved in many projects and activities which bring people, of all ages, together. Thanks to Dan’s efforts, the tireless work of Facilities Manager Lucky Singh and his staff, and the generosity of local businesses, the Club now has a new stand for spectators, a refurbished hospitality suite and a brand new pitch roller.

Last week, before meeting with residents to help with their problems during a busy constituency advice bureau at the club, Dan met with Lucky Singh and Mel Clitherow, Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Hollesley Bay in Woodbridge, to discuss a new joint project between Whitton United and the prison. Over the past year, the club has been successfully running a scheme which gives prisoners - who are nearing the end of their sentences and have unblemished records as inmates - the opportunity to help the club with essential repair work as part of a work placement project.

Not only does the project bring many benefits to the prisoners themselves, by enabling them to take part in structured work and to give something back to the community, but it also helps the Club to carry out vital and much-needed maintenance work. It has been shown that one of the most effective ways to prevent offenders from committing more crimes when they are released from prison is to engage them in work and Dan would like to congratulate Lucky Singh and everyone else involved in this excellent project. He looks forward to visiting Whitton United again soon.


03 APR 2013

Dr Dan meets with members of the Suffolk Deaf Association in Ipswich

Dr Dan talks to members and volunteers during visit to the Suffolk Deaf Association with Cllr Robin Vickery in IpswichLast week, Dan visited the Suffolk Deaf Association in Ipswich, which provides help and support for the deaf and hard of hearing and their families in Suffolk. Dan was accompanied by County Councillor Robin Vickery as he was introduced to the dedicated volunteers and those who use the association’s services, before answering questions on a range of issues.

Many of us will never know what it feels like to be deaf or hard of hearing, but we can all support people with disabilities and help them to play a full and active a role in our communities by removing some of the prejudices that prevent them from doing so. Dan was particularly encouraged that people who develop hearing loss later in life are also given help and support by the Suffolk Deaf Association.

Like any charity, the Suffolk Deaf Association relies upon the generosity of its volunteers to provide its services to local people and Dan would like to thank them all for their continued hard work. He would also like to thank Sheila Waspe, one of the Patron’s of the association, for meeting him on Friday and he looks forward to visiting again.


22 MAR 2013

Dr Dan helps local school to expand and meets with young people in Suffolk during busy day of school visits

Dr Dan is given a tour of Eye Primary School by Headteacher Margaret MassieGiving each and every child in Suffolk the very best start in life and the chance to fulfil their full potential is something Dan strongly believes in as your local MP, and he regularly visits local schools to meet teachers and talk to the children. Last week, Dan visited Creeting St Mary, Mendlesham and Eye Primary schools. He met with the Headteachers and staff, before talking to pupils in years 5 and 6 about the work he is doing as your local MP and answering their questions.

When he last visited Creeting St Mary Primary School, he heard about the importance of linking Creeting St Mary to the Debenham Academy pyramid of schools, which would require a new classroom to be built at Creeting St Mary Primary to allow pupils to continue there into years 5 and 6. After his last visit, on behalf of the school, Dan asked Bishop Nigel Stock of St Edmunsbury and Ipswich to see if church funds could be made available to make this extension possible and is delighted that work is now underway to build the new classroom.

Dan would like to thank Headteachers Lyn Spall, Clare Jones, and Margaret Massie for inviting him to meet with the pupils and he looks forward to visiting again soon.


22 MAR 2013

Dr Dan meets with staff and residents at the Sue Ryder Care Centre in Ipswich

Dr Dan meets residents at the Sue Ryder care centre in Chantry Park, IpswichLast week, Dan visited the Sue Ryder care home in Chantry Park, Ipswich, which specialises in providing nursing care for people aged 18 and upwards who have complex neurological needs, dementia and multiple sclerosis. Dan met with residents during a tour of the centre’s facilities, which took in a visit to the physiotherapy gym, before hearing more about the services provided at the Chantry care centre from Jo Marshall and the Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, Paul Woodward.

Sue Ryder is a national charity which supports people living with terminal illnesses across 15 care centres and is currently expanding the care that is provided to people in their own homes and communities.

Dan was particularly encouraged to hear of the work staff are doing to support older people in Suffolk with dementia. One of the biggest healthcare challenges facing Suffolk is how to better look after our growing older population, and the number of older people living with dementia is set to increase further in future. Sue Ryder are working together with Age UK and Suffolk Family Carers as part of the ‘Dementia Partnership for Suffolk’ scheme to give people more information, advice and support about what it means to live with dementia. Dan would like to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers at the Chantry care centre, who give up their time to look after our vulnerable older people. Dan’s visit made him all the more determined to ensure that the Government continues its investment in dementia care in the NHS.


15 MAR 2013

Dr Dan backs Suffolk's farmers at local NFU event

Dr Dan with fellow Suffolk MP Peter Aldous and guests at the NFU Parliamentary and Business Dinner (2)Agriculture is part of Suffolk’s DNA and Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and food producers. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at a dinner organised by the Suffolk National Farmers’ Union, and he used this opportunity to highlight the work he has been doing for our local farmers and food industry in Suffolk.

Dan spoke of how he is supporting agriculture in Suffolk in his role as a Government Health Minister, by ensuring that farmers benefit from a new bursary milk scheme and through supplying more locally sourced food to hospitals. All hospitals should be providing high quality and nutritious food for their patients, which means backing our local farmers and food producers.

Dan was joined at the dinner by his fellow Suffolk MP Peter Aldous, along with new Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton, the Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council Deborah Cadman, Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, Suffolk chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Chris Soule, the chief executive of Suffolk Agricultural Association, Chris Bushby and Easton and Otley College Principal David Lawrence.

At the end of the dinner, Dan thanked the NFU for inviting him to speak and for all the work they do for local farmers in Suffolk. He looks forward to working with them on a number of issues in the weeks and months ahead.


15 MAR 2013

Dr Dan visits pupils and staff at Easton Primary School

Dr Dan with Head Cheryl Singleton at Easton Primary School Last week, Dan visited Easton Primary School and was given a tour of the small rural primary school by Headteacher Mrs Cheryl Singleton before answering questions from the year 6 pupils. These ranged from his medical background as an NHS doctor to the work he has done locally to get £12 million of Government funding for faster broadband speeds for people in Suffolk. The children dressed up imaginatively as part of their fundraising efforts for the Comic Relief appeal and Dan was delighted to see them doing their bit for charity on Red Nose Day.

He would like to thank Cheryl Singleton for inviting him to visit last week and very much looks forward to visiting again.


15 MAR 2013

Dr Dan meets residents and staff at Lehmann House care home in Wickham Market

Dr Dan at Lehmann House with Manager Marie Turner and staffDan was delighted to visit Lehmann House care home last week to meet with residents and staff. Lehmann House is based in Wickham Market and the experienced team, led by manager Marie Turner, offer specialist support and care for older people, many of whom have conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

After being introduced to the residents, Dan was very pleased to see so many familiar faces from his last visit and was extremely impressed at the real pride that Marie and her staff take in providing residents with the dignity and compassion they deserve as well as the extra support that is provided to those residents (and their families) when they come to the end of their lives. He was particularly struck by the large number of thank you letters on display from families with residents who have stayed at Lehmann House, which demonstrates the high quality of care that is given to everyone there.

One of the biggest healthcare challenges facing Suffolk is how to better look after and properly support our growing older population. Care homes like Lehmann House have a vital role to play in providing the type of locally grounded, personalised care that enables older people to live as independently as possible. Dan would like to thank all of the dedicated staff at Lehmann House for the work and care they provide for their residents and looks forward to visiting again to open the summer fete in July.


15 MAR 2013

Dr Dan supports local businesses in Framlingham

Dan is great supporter of our local businesses and often takes time out of his busy schedule to meet with local shop owners and staff when he’s back home in Suffolk. Last week, he visited Framlingham, where he met with local businessman Bill Bulstrode before walking round the market town to meet with store owners.

Amongst the small independent shops he visited were Leo’s Deli, Sarah Cole Jewellers and Hall Farm Butchers, which sells fresh, locally sourced and slaughtered Suffolk meat. Dan stopped to chat to the staff and to listen to their concerns, and he was delighted to see them all doing their bit for Comic Relief. In spite of the challenging economic climate, Framlingham’s businesses continue to thrive, thanks to the efforts of local people like Bill Bulstrode, who works tirelessly to bring the local community and its shops together.

Dan would like to thank Bill for taking the time to show him around the various stores and he very much looks forward to visiting Framlingham again soon.


15 MAR 2013

Dr Dan meets with young people at Otley Primary School

Dr Dan with pupils from Otley Primary School on Red Nose DayIn the same week that Education Secretary Michael Gove predicted a bright future for Suffolk’s schools at a meeting organised by Dan with local head teachers in Woodbridge, Dan continued his focus on meeting with young people and our hardworking teachers when he visited to Otley Primary School.

Dan was given a tour of the small rural primary school by Headteacher Mrs Jan Hubbard, before speaking to the Student Council about the work he does as your local MP. The children wore pyjamas as part of their fundraising efforts for the Comic Relief appeal and Dan was delighted to see how happy they all were.

Dan is a strong supporter of our small rural schools and he would like to thank Jan Hubbard, along with all of her staff and pupils, for giving him such a warm welcome and he very much looks forward to visiting again.


14 MAR 2013

Dr Dan welcomes Education Secretary, Michael Gove MP, to Suffolk

Dr Dan with Michael Gove MP during his visit to Suffolk Our children are our future, and giving each and every child in Suffolk the very best start in life and the chance to fulfil their full potential is something Dan strongly believes in as your local MP, and locally, we are lucky to have many dedicated and committed teachers and school governors who act in the best interests of the children they look after and teach.

Last week, Dan invited Michael Gove MP, the Government Cabinet Minister for education, to meet over 50 primary and secondary school headteachers from his Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency to hear their views, concerns and aspirations. Our schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich like Ormiston, Hartismere, Kesgrave, Debenham and Thomas Mills High have been amongst the first to become academy schools. The Government’s successful academy school programme has been welcomed by local schools as it has enabled them to have more control over how and what pupils are taught, and this is already bringing great benefits to local children and young people. During his visit, Michael Gove acknowledged that the schools funding formula under the previous Labour Government often penalised more rural counties like Suffolk and Dan was pleased to hear that, in the fullness of time, he is committed to ensuring that Suffolk will receive more money for our schools.

Headteachers left the meeting in good spirits and enjoyed the opportunity to talk through local challenges with Michael Gove. The message he left us with is a good one – that “schools in Suffolk have a bright future” thanks to a generation of enthusiastic local teachers. Dan would like to thank all those Headteachers who attended.


01 MAR 2013

Dr Dan unveils life-saving defibrillator with paramedics in Wickham Market

Dr Dan launches 24 hour defibrillator with local paramedics and Wickham Market Co-Op store manager Last week, Dr Dan was delighted to support the local Co-Op in Wickham Market and our frontline paramedics in the East of England Ambulance Service by unveiling the first of 100 heart defibrillators that will be rolled out in rural communities across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. A large number of local people visited the Co-Op store in Wickham Market as Dan spoke about how the new heart defibrillators can provide life-saving support before paramedics arrive on the scene in an emergency situation when someone’s heart stops beating.

It is estimated that someone has a heart attack every two minutes in the UK and a third of those who suffer a fatal heart attack die before they can be taken to hospital. Defibrillators help to restart the heart in the event of an emergency and will make a vital difference in helping to save lives in our harder to reach, rural Suffolk communities.

Dan would like to pay tribute to our hardworking frontline paramedics and community first responders in Suffolk and to thank everyone involved in launching this excellent initiative.


01 MAR 2013

Dr Dan stresses the importance of a healthy workplace at Ipswich event with local businesses

Dr Dan speaks to local business leaders about workplace health at Healthy Ambitions Suffolk event in Ipswich Last week, Dan spoke to local employers about the importance of promoting good health and wellbeing in the workplace, before presenting awards to local businesses at an event held by Healthy Ambitions Suffolk at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

As both an NHS doctor and a Government Health Minister, Dan knows how a happy, healthy and committed workplace is a more productive workplace and drew attention to the link between good physical and mental health. He also highlighted the need to tackle our big health challenges such as smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity and to help people to live longer and healthier lives. Whether it is taking the stairs instead of using the lift or eating healthier foods at work, we can all take some simple steps to make us more active at work and our local business have a key role to play in encouraging us to make healthy choices. The Government has now given local councils a new responsibility to improve health and wellbeing in their communities and recently awarded Suffolk County Council £26 million to help get people healthier.

Healthy Ambitions Suffolk was a project launched in 2008 with the goal of making Suffolk the healthiest county by 2028 by bringing together local businesses, community groups and individuals. Dan would like to give his thanks to everyone at Healthy Ambitions Suffolk for their continued hard work and to congratulate local accountancy practice, Larking Gowen of Claydon, on winning one of the Healthy Ambitions 2012 Better Health Business awards.


01 MAR 2013

Dr Dan meets with young people at Cedarwood Primary School

Dr Dan with Cllrs Christopher Hudson and Robert Whiting at Cedarwood Prinary School, Kesgrave (2)Since Dan was elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, he has visited most of the schools in his constituency and always enjoy meeting with teachers, governors and pupils. We all share the view that giving young people the best possible start in life is vital for their personal development and essential for our future economy and society, both locally and nationally.

Last week, Dan visited Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave, where he met with Headteacher Doug Stroud before speaking to pupils in the School Council about the work he does as your your local MP. The pupils were particularly interested to hear about the successful work Dan has done to help secure £12 million of Government funding for high-speed broadband in Suffolk, which will enormously benefit our local schools, businesses and farmers.

Dan would like to thank Doug Stroud and he looks forward to welcoming pupils at Cedarwood Primary School to Parliament.


18 FEB 2013

Dr Dan gives his support to staff and patients at St John's House in Palgrave

St JohnLast week, Dan visited St John’s House in Palgrave to meet with staff and to take a tour of the home, which provides specialist treatment and care of adults with learning disabilities and mental illnesses.

As a doctor who has worked in the NHS, Dan has always been aware of the high quality support that is needed to look after adults with learning disabilities and behavioural disorders. The clinical staff at St John’s House provide a caring environment for both men and women with learning disabilities and also provide community-based care to support patients in both Suffolk and Norfolk closer to home, whilst working closely with local GPs, speech and language therapists, dentists, opticians, dieticians and chiropodists.

Dan would like to thank Joy Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Partnerships in Care which runs St John’s House, for inviting him to visit.


15 FEB 2013

Dr Dan fights to protect Suffolk's countryside against mass house building on the Northern Fringe

Dr Dan addresses local residents in Tuddenham St Martin about the proposed Northern Fringe mass housebuilding development Dan recently spoke to a packed audience at Tuddenham Village Hall about Ipswich Borough Council’s plans to build thousands of homes on the northern fringe of Ipswich. His position on this issue has always been clear – we should look to town centre, brownfield development before building on the greenbelt surrounding Ipswich. The regeneration of Ipswich needs redevelopment and housing in the town centre, with all the economic benefits that will bring to the town.

Some of the biggest concerns that were put to Dan at the meeting revolved around the need to ensure that we have the correct infrastructure in terms of jobs, schools, traffic, sewerage and healthcare to support any new homes. Ipswich Borough Council still has to answer exactly how the extra traffic that would be caused by the new homes will be managed, and what drainage solutions would be put in place to stop the flooding of nearby villages such as Westerfield and Tuddenham if the new homes are to be built.

Lessons about inadequate infrastructure are still being learnt from the problems residents have experienced in Daimler Road, Whitehouse – where Dan managed to get Anglian Water to take responsibility for an inadequate drainage and sewerage system. The sewage backwash into homes and the flooding of gardens and houses in Daimler Road is a warning to Ipswich Borough Council planners – and shows the importance of ensuring that the proper infrastructure is in place before new homes are built.

While Dan is very much in favour of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Ipswich and Suffolk, he believes we should always look to build on town centre, brownfield sites first, and will continue to support local residents against Ipswich Borough Council’s plans for mass housebuilding over our precious greenbelt land.


15 FEB 2013

Dr Dan meets with young people at Castle Hill Junior School, North Ipswich

Dr Dan presents awards to pupils at Castle Hill Junior School during his visit to the school  Dan regularly takes time out of his schedule to visit our local schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, and last week, it was a real pleasure for him to go to Castle Hill Junior School before the half-term break. He was given a tour of the school by two pupils and Headteacher, Daniel Jones, before being invited to present awards during the afternoon assembly in recognition of the hard work of pupils this term.

Mr Jones and his staff are doing a fantastic job at Castle Hill Junior School and have introduced a range of steps to promote good learning, such as the mathletics exercise, which tests pupils mental arithmetic, alongside measures to boost literacy.

Dan would like to thank Headteacher Daniel Jones for showing him round the school and would also like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of all the teachers and staff at Castle Hill Junior School.


15 FEB 2013

Dr Dan speaks to Suffolk volunteers about local health care issues

Dr Dan with Jacqui Martin at Suffolk Family Carers Last week, Dan visited Suffolk Family Carers in Claydon, where he met with a large group of local volunteers from the Suffolk Voluntary and Community Sector to answer questions about a range local health and social care issues in Suffolk.

The Suffolk Voluntary and Community Sector brings together local volunteers and groups to support vulnerable people in Suffolk.

After making some introductory remarks about his role as both a hardworking constituency MP and a Government Health Minister, Dan answered questions about the vital role that carers play in looking after elderly and vulnerable friends and relatives before discussing how Suffolk’s new Health and Wellbeing Board will be able to better focus on the big health challenges facing our county, such as better supporting older people in the community by delivering care that is closer to people’s homes.

Suffolk’s Health Care and Wellbeing Board in Suffolk, which will be running from April, will bring together local NHS, public health and social care commissioners to promote more integrated care and support for our elderly people, and charities such as Suffolk Family Carers will have a key part to play in providing the home and community support for older residents with conditions such as dementia.

Suffolk Family Carers already plays a vital role in the local community, and Dan would like to commend Jacqui Martin and her team of staff and volunteers for their selfless hard work.


08 FEB 2013

Dr Dan takes part in Civic Engagement Programme with local schools

Dr Dan answers questions from students at local schools as part of the Civic Engagement in Schools programmeLast week, Dan met with young people as part of a local initiative to increase awareness of the many ways in which they can play an active role in their local communities. Dan spoke to a group of year 10 students from Westbourne Sports College and the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in North Ipswich, and answered a variety of questions ranging from his reasons for entering politics, his background as an NHS hospital doctor and the leading role he has played in helping to deliver faster broadband speeds for our schools, businesses and families in Suffolk.

The Civic Engagement in Schools project is run by Ipswich Borough Council and encourages young people and schools to discuss the idea of local civic engagement. The aim is to assist our schools in Suffolk to play an active role in their local communities and for local councillors to be an active part of school councils.

Dan would like to thank Cheryl Phillips, Community Engagement Officer at Ipswich Borough Council for inviting him to meet with the students and he looks forward to welcoming them to Parliament in the near future.


08 FEB 2013

Dr Dan meets with staff and pupils at Whitton Community Primary School

Dr Dan with Whitton Community Primary School Headteacher Richard Dedicoat during his recent visit and tour.Dan regularly takes time out of his busy local schedule to meet with young people in Ipswich and Suffolk. It was a real pleasure for him to visit Whitton Community Primary School last week. He spoke with Headteacher Richard Dedicoat about the importance of giving young people the best possible start in life, before being given a tour of the school, which received a ‘good’ rating in its most recent Ofsted inspection report.

Dan then met with a group of year 6 students for a question and answer session, and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the youngsters, who wanted to learn more about the work he does as their local MP. Under Richard Dedicoat’s leadership, Whitton Primary School has gone from strength to strength and Dan would like to thank Richard and his staff for their continuing hard work.


25 JAN 2013

Dr Dan takes part in regular interview slot on Radio Castle in Framlingham

Dr Dan with one of the directors of Radio Castle, Cllr Christopher Hudson, during a recent visit to the Framlingham-based radio station. Last week, Dan dropped into the Framlingham Technology Centre for his regular slot on community radio station, Radio Castle. Listeners were able to tune in and hear Dr Poulter online, as he discussed various topical national and local issues with Councillor Christopher Hudson, before talking about the importance of using new technologies to support older people in their homes with Peter Warren.

Radio Castle, which operates out of the Framlingham Technology Centre, was set up in 2011 by directors Christopher Hudson, Colin Walker and Rupert Darrant and is run as a community interest company. The directors have encouraged any budding local djs and talented scriptwriters to get involved with the station, which is run solely by local volunteers and delivers information about local events to the community, while also providing a platform for young people with an interest in radio to learn vital new skills from its training suite.

Community radio stations like Castle Radio play a vital in reaching out to local people and Dan would like to thank Christopher Hudson and Peter Warren for inviting him onto Radio Castle. He very much looks forward to appearing on the station again soon.


25 JAN 2013

Dr Dan voices support for our local farmers during visit to AtlasFram

Dr Dan with Richard Anscombe, CEO of the AtlasFram Group in FramlinghamOne of the most enjoyable parts of Dan’s work in Suffolk is supporting our local farmers and food and drink producers. Last week, Dan visited the AtlasFram Group in Framlingham during a busy day of visits to local groups and people in Suffolk. Dan spoke about some of the challenges facing our local farmers and the importance of encouraging more people to buy locally produced food and drink.

The AtlasFram Group has grown to become one of the largest farmer cooperatives in the UK, and helps to save farmers time and money by pooling together its member’s collective buying power to purchase essential farming products such as fertiliser, seed and fuel as reduced prices. The group was founded over 50 years ago, and has grown to represent the commercial interests of over 1250 farmer Members across the UK.

Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and agricultural organisations and he would like to thank Ashley Gilman, Group Business Manager & Tim Styles, Livestock Manager at AtlasFram, for inviting him to visit.


25 JAN 2013

Dr Dan meets with staff and pupils at Grundisburgh Primary School

Dr Dan outside Grundisburgh Primary School following his recent visit. Dan regularly meets with young people and teachers in Suffolk and it was a real pleasure for him to visit Grundisburgh Primary School last week as part of a busy schedule of local visits. Since Dan was elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, he has visited most of the schools in his constituency and always enjoy meeting with teachers, governors and pupils.

Dan was given a tour of the school by Headteacher John Lynch, and stopped to speak to some of the teachers as he was shown round the various classes. Grundisburgh is a small rural primary school and was rated as a good school during its most recent Ofsted inspection. Dan would like to pay tribute to John and his staff, along with the pupils, for their ongoing hard work and commitment and he very much looks forward to visiting again.


25 JAN 2013

Dr Dan speaks to local businesses leaders in Ipswich

Dr Dan speaks to the audience at the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Brunch Dan is a great supporter of our local businesses in Suffolk and was delighted to be the keynote speaker at a business brunch event organised by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Ipswich Building Society on Friday morning at the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich. A number of representatives from local businesses were present and heard him speak about the importance of good health in the workplace.

Dan stressed how a happy, healthy and committed workplace is a more productive workplace and drew attention to the link between good physical and mental health. He also highlighted the need to tackle our big health challenges such as smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity and to help people to live longer and healthier lives. The Government has now given local councils a new responsibility to improve health and wellbeing in their communities and recently awarded Suffolk County Council £26 million to help get people healthier.

Following his speech, Dan took a large number of questions from the audience before thanking Professor Dave Muller and John Dugmore at the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce for organising such a successful event. Suffolk’s businesses play a vital role in our local economy and Dan will continue to do all he can to support them grow and employ more local people.


12 JAN 2013

Dr Dan supports local farmers and food producers at the Framlingham Market

Dan is a great supporter of shopping locally and backing Suffolk’s local farmers and food producers, who play a vital role in the local economy. Last week, he visited Framlingham Market where he bought fresh, reasonably priced, locally produced meat, fish and other local produce. Suffolk has an excellent reputation for its locally produced food and drink, and Dan was delighted to see so many people supporting our local farmers and food producers at the market, held very Tuesday and Saturday. Dan will soon be leading a local campaign to encourage everyone in Suffolk to support our local farmers, and food and drink producers, and he looks forward to receiving your support.


25 DEC 2012

Dr Dan pays tribute to local NHS staff on Christmas Day

Dr Dan with Ipswich Hospital Medical Director Peter Donaldson, Head of Midwifery: Christine Cabourne, Dr Junaid Rafi and Consultant Dr Thin Thin Hla The Christmas and New Year period is a fitting time to pay tribute our local emergency services and dedicated frontline NHS workers in Suffolk, who work around the clock to make sure we can be treated in the event of an emergency, regardless of the time of year.

It was a great pleasure for Dan to visit Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day to pass on his thanks to all of the staff for their hard work and commitment all year round. As the Government Minister with responsibility for Maternity Services, Nursing and Midwifery, he was particularly pleased to meet with mothers in the maternity ward before visiting the midwifery led unit and the delivery suite with Peter Donaldson, the Hospital’s Medical Director and Christine Colbourne, Head of Midwifery.

During his conversations with staff and patients at the hospital, they all agreed how important it is for mothers to have the right support and care during their pregnancy and childbirth. Last year, Dan announced that the Government will be providing an extra £25 million to improve maternity facilities and we would be increasing the number of midwives to provide more help for mums and babies. This will mean that mothers and their babies in Suffolk will now get more support during pregnancy and childbirth as midwives will be able to apply for better birthing facilities and rooms where partners can stay overnight.

As an NHS hospital doctor who at one time delivered babies on a daily basis, Dan has seen firsthand how having a child can be a stressful experience, particularly the first time around, and knows that many parents feel isolated after the birth of a child. With this new funding boost, women in Suffolk and elsewhere in the country will be able to give birth in a pleasant environment with the best facilities, care and support.

Dan would like to again thank all of the staff at Ipswich Hospital for inviting his to visit over the festive period and would like to wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous 2013.


14 DEC 2012

Dr Dan supports local community project in Framlingham

Dr Dan with members of the Framlingham Police House Site Steering GroupDr Dan welcomed the progress that is being made by a local group to develop a much-needed new community facility in Framlingham, after he chaired the Annual General Meeting of the Framlingham and District Development Trust last week. A large audience gathered at Framlingham Sports Club to hear how the Framlingham Police House Site Steering Group is making strides in its bid to convert the old police station site in Badingham Road into a new community facility for young people.

Earlier this year, the Mills Charity purchased the old police station site and offered the community a chance to buy it by the end of next year. This triggered the setting up of the Framlingham Police House Steering Group, which is made up of members from the sports club, Scouts, Guides and Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP). A series of meetings have taken place over recent months, where plans to turn the redundant site into a community facility for young people to use have been discussed.

At the Annual General Meeting on Friday, preliminary drawings of the proposed facility were unveiled and a consultation process will now be launched in Framlingham, where local residents can view the plans before the funding rounds are launched. Dan is a strong supporter of the steering group’s plans to provide for a new community facility, which will enable youngsters in Framlingham to engage in meaningful activity whilst meeting with friends. He would like to thank John Speight and the other members of the group for their ongoing commitment to the project.


14 DEC 2012

Dr Dan joins local police on night patrol in Ipswich

Dr Dan chats to PC Caroline Brinckley during a night patrol in Ipswich town centreLast Friday night, Dr Dan joined local front line police officers on foot patrol in Ipswich to see at firsthand the hard work Suffolk police do in keeping the town safe so that people can enjoy themselves when visiting our local bars and clubs. On what was one of the busiest nights of the year, Dan was heartened to see how skilfully the police ensured that calm was maintained. Ipswich has a thriving night-time economy and, earlier this year, was awarded Purple Flag status in recognition of the safe way in which the town is managed at night. Ipswich has also taken the lead in promoting sensible drinking in its bars, clubs and off-licences with the ‘Best Bar None’ scheme, a partnership led by Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Constabulary and Ipswich Central which creates a safer evening environment by accrediting licensed premises. These awards have been initiated because of the tireless efforts of our local police and Dan would like to commend all of them for their excellent work on our behalf.

Dan also visited the new SOS bus based in Cardinal Park. The bus has been placed in the town as part of a pilot scheme over the festive period and is manned by trained paramedics who can offer medical assistance to anyone who appears vulnerable after drinking. The bus also helps to take pressure off busy local A&E services so that other medical emergencies can be prioritised.

The cost to our NHS resulting from alcohol-related fights, injuries, and other A&E attendances, as well as alcoholic liver disease (but excluding alcohol-related cancers) was estimated at £2bn last year, and it is rising. During his work as an NHS hospital doctor in A&E last summer, Dan treated a predictable pattern of casualties on Friday and Saturday nights. The holidaymakers, the stag and hen parties, the comatose teenagers covered in blood or their own vomit, were all attending hospital for one reason – because they had drunk far too much alcohol. The volunteers in the SOS bus who give up their time on a Friday and Saturday in Ipswich night deserve to be praised for their work.


10 DEC 2012

Dr Dan welcomes launch of new hourly train service between Lowestoft and Ipswich

Dr Dan wait for the train to arrive at Wickham Market station as part of the new hourly service between Lowestoft and Ipswich  Having a high-quality, reliable railway service in place in East Suffolk is vital for our county’s economy and earlier this week Dan was delighted to join his Suffolk MP colleagues and county councillors for the opening of the new Beccles Loop.

The £4 million project was jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council and means that commuters in Suffolk will be able to take advantage of the first hourly service along the East Suffolk Line between Lowestoft and Ipswich, Suffolk’s two largest towns. In conjunction with his fellow Suffolk MPs Peter Aldous and Therese Coffey, and Suffolk County Council Leader Mark Bee, Dan worked hard for some time to secure funding for this important rail improvement project, and he is delighted the service is now up and running as it will bring many benefits for local commuters, businesses and the wider Suffolk economy.


08 DEC 2012

Dr Dan supports the Easton Christmas Bazaar

Dr Dan chats to the Rev. Robin Alderson at the Easton Christmas BazaarLast week, Dan was delighted to show his support for the village of Easton by taking some time out of his busy constituency schedule to visit the annual Church Christmas Bazaar held at the Easton and Letheringham Village Hall. A range of traditional festive refreshments were on offer, from homemade mince pies to locally sourced preserves and cakes and Dan was delighted to see so many people of all ages taking part in the games and activities.

Dan would like to extend his thanks to Jane Woodbury-Eggins and the Reverend Robin Alderson for helping to organise the bazaar and for showing Dan around the many stalls. He looks forward to visiting again next year.


07 DEC 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Claydon Primary School

Dr Dan answers questions from pupils at Claydon Primary SchoolDan always enjoys meeting with young people in Ipswich and Suffolk to hear their views and it was a real pleasure for him to visit Claydon Primary School last week, where he took part in a question & answer session before being given a tour of the school. The pupils asked Dan a variety of questions, ranging from his life as both a doctor and an MP, to his interests outside of politics and his ambitions as a Government Health Minister.

Claydon Primary School is a large community primary school with almost 400 pupils aged between 3 – 11. Dan would like to thank Headteacher Ms Mary Ashcroft for showing him around the school. He will continue to work hard to ensure that our schools in North Ipswich receive their fair share of attention from the Ipswich Borough Council, and looks forward to visiting Claydon Primary School again.


07 DEC 2012

Dr Dan meets with local school heads at Stradbroke High School

Dr Dan with year 6 pupils from Stradbroke High School following his recent visitDan regularly meets with our hard working Headteachers and staff at our local schools in Suffolk, to keep in touch with their main concerns and to take up any pressing issues they may have. Last week, he visited Stradbroke High School to discuss some of the challenges facing our small rural schools with Head teacher Andrew Bloom, along with Head of Laxfield Primary School David Dee and the interim Head of Fressingfield Primary, Mary Wilson.

A number of topics were discussed, including the importance of school sport for young people and funding for Special Educational Needs provision at our rural schools. Dan is a strong supporter of our rural schools in Suffolk and has raised his concerns surrounding the challenges they face with Government Ministers on many occasions. These challenges include the cost and availability of transport for pupils to and from school and lower pupil admission numbers. 

Following his meeting with the Headteachers, Dan conducted a question & answer session with some of Stradbroke High School’s year 6 pupils. He would like to thank Andrew Bloom, along with the other Headteachers who took part in the meeting, and looks forward to visiting Stradbroke High School again soon.


02 DEC 2012

Dr Dan supports the St Elizabeth Hospice Light Up a Life event

St MichaelLast week, Dan visited St Michael’s Church in Framlingham for the annual St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life event, which allows people to remember the loved ones they have lost through a series of readings, Christmas carols, music and private reflection. Many of us have experienced the difficulty of losing a relative or friend, and the Light up a Life events bring together people who are missing someone at what can be a difficult time of year.

Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives and hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable ‘hospice at home’ service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and Dan would like to pay tribute to their efforts all year-round and for organising another successful Light up a Life event in Framlingham.


01 DEC 2012

Dr Dan opens the Christmas Fayre at Westbourne Library

Dr Dan with local volunteers at the Westbourne Library and Broomhill Pool Christmas FayreAt this time of year, many of Suffolk’s communities come together by putting on Christmas fayres, bazaars and markets to usher in and celebrate the festive season. Last week, Dr Dan showed his support for Westbourne Library when he opened the annual Christmas fayre of the Friends of Westbourne Library and Broomhill Trust. A variety of Christmas cards, home-made cakes and children’s craft stalls were available, with the proceeds raised going towards the upkeep of the library.

Dan was delighted to hear that the library was recently awarded Grade II listed status after extensive refurbishment work was recently undertaken to restore Westbourne library to its original 1948 appearance. Dan is a great supporter of Westbourne Library and would like to commend Gareth Jones and Mark Ling for all of their hard work in taking the library forward.

Without the hard work and planning that is put in by Gareth and Mark and the local volunteers, the Christmas fayre would not be able to take place, and Dan would like to extend his warmest thanks to all those residents who have generously given up their time to make the all the Christmas bazaars and fayres across Suffolk so successful again this year.


01 DEC 2012

Dr Dan supports the Stradbroke Royal British Legion Military Wives' Concert

Dr Dan chats to a local volunteer at the gift concert held by the Stradbroke and District branch of the Royal British LegionLast Saturday, it was a real pleasure for Dan to take part in a gift concert held by the Stradbroke and District branch of the Royal British Legion, in aid of the Wattisham Airbase military wives. Music was provided by the Gislingham Silver Band as a series of readings and poems were delivered focusing on the vital role that the wives and partners of soldiers play in supporting their loved ones when they are away on military duty. Members of the audience were asked to bring a wrapped Christmas present for the soldier’s wives with an attached card or message. Dan read out a poem before praising the volunteers at the Stradbroke and District branch of the Royal British Legion for all their efforts in raising awareness about the challenges facing military wives in Suffolk.

The conflict in Afghanistan has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who continue to serve in our Armed Forces, along with their wives and partners.

Dan would like to extend his thanks to Brian and Joyce Cooper for inviting him to take part in the concert, and he will continue to support the invaluable work of the Royal British Legion going forward.


30 NOV 2012

Dr Dan joins the festive fun at the Framlingham Christmas Fair

Dr Dan with Castle Inn landlord Alan Knight and wife Henrietta at the Framlingham Christmas FairLast week, Dan was delighted to join residents for the annual Framlingham Christmas Fair held in the grounds of the famous castle. As people enjoyed the refreshments on offer, skated on the ice rink and visited the many local stalls, Dan took part in the carol singing along with Councillor Christopher Hudson. Young people were able to visit Santa’s Grotto while entertainment was provided by local band the Broadside Boys as the Castle car park was turned into a winter wonderland.

The event, hosted jointly by the Castle Inn pub and the Framlingham Castle, was a great success and Dan would like to thank Alan Knight and his wife Henrietta, who run the Framlingham Inn, along with the Co-operative, Pat Betts of Hatchers Components, Framlingham Business Association and many other local businesses, for supporting the event. Dan always enjoys visiting the historic market town of Framlingham and he very much looks forward to visiting the Christmas Fair again next year.


24 NOV 2012

Dr Dan shows his support for the Bedfield Christmas Bazaar

Dr Dan talks to local volunteers at the Bedfield Christmas BazaarThis time of year begins to see many of Suffolk’s local communities coming together to celebrate the festive season, and it was an enormous pleasure for Dan to visit the Bedfield Christmas Bazaar last weekend at the Bedfield Sports Pavillion.

Dan was delighted to see so many people of all ages turn out to enjoy the seasonal stalls and to take part in the games and activities, and he would like to pass on his congratulations to Bedfield Parish Council Chairman Keith Frost, along with all the residents who so kindly volunteered their help on the day, for organising another successful bazaar. This year, £888.10 was raised, which will be put back into supporting the local community facilities in Bedfield.

Without the hard work and planning that is put in by local volunteers, the Bedfield Bazaar would not be able to take place, and Dan would also like to thank Kathy Thurman for showing him around the various stalls.


23 NOV 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Charsfield CEVC Primary School

Dr Dan chats to a local pupil during a visit to Charsfield Primary School. Dan always enjoys meeting with young people during his regular visits to local schools in Suffolk and, last week, he was delighted to visit Charsfield Primary School, where he was given a tour by senior teacher Mrs Reeves.

Charsfield Primary is a small rural school that serves both Charsfield and the surrounding area, and is partnered with Dennington Primary School near Framlingham. Dan spoke with Mrs Reeves about the challenges facing small rural schools like Charsfield, such as the need to maintain steady pupil numbers and to raise money for key school improvements. All of the pupils were a credit to their teachers and Dan very much looks forward to visiting the school again.


23 NOV 2012

Dr Dan congratulates local children as part of Tesco vouchers for schools scheme

Dr Dan with Tesco staff, local teachers and pupils from Cedarwood Primary School outside the Tesco Metro store in Kesgrave Last week, Dan was delighted to visit the Tesco Metro in Kesgrave to congratulate some of our local schools on their success in collecting store vouchers for new equipment as part of the Tesco for Schools and Clubs scheme. The scheme gives schools and clubs a variety of useful items such a sports and computer equipment in exchange for vouchers earned with shopping bought at Tesco, and it was a real pleasure for Dan to speak with pupils and staff from Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave who told him that their vouchers will enable the school to purchase new items for the music department.

Supermarkets have an important responsibility to support their local communities and Dan was pleased to hear of the excellent work that Store Manager Ajay Bahanda and his team are doing to help local sports clubs, schools and groups in Kesgrave. Dan would like to again pass on his congratulations to all of the staff and pupils at the schools that took part.


14 NOV 2012

MP WELCOMES DECISION TO AWARD POST OFFICE DVLA SERVICES

Dr Dan presents Andrew and Penny Sunaway with the Parliamentary Best Small Shops Competition 2011 award. Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has today welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has awarded a new seven year contract to the Post Office to provide DVLA’s services from their post office network.

The contract award means that motorists in Suffolk will continue to be able to access DVLA services locally to tax their cars and apply for driving licences.

DVLA-related services at the Post Office will expand to include services currently only offered through DVLA local offices, such as the provision of duplicate licences. The contract also provides scope for the provision of other Government services through the post office network.

Earlier this year, Dr Poulter gave his strong support to local post offices in their campaign to see more Government services returned to the wider Post Office network, including the full range of DVLA services. Following a visit to Otley Village Store and Post Office, he wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to find out what steps the Government was taking to support Post Office Ltd in its bid to win the DVLA contract.

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11 NOV 2012

Dr Dan pays tribute to fallen servicemen at Remembrance Day service in Wickham Market

Dr Dan lays a wreath to remember the fallen at a Remembrance Day service in Wickham Market.On Sunday, Dan attended the Remembrance Day service held at Wickham Market Primary School, where he gave a reading before the two-minute silence was observed. As the sun shone down, people silently paid tribute to our brave service personnel past and present, before wreaths were laid at the local village war memorial. Last week, a number of Remembrance Day services were held in towns and villages across Suffolk, as thousands of people paid their respects towards our brave Armed Forces and those who have died in conflict since the First World War.

Remembrance Sunday is a special time of year, where people of all ages have the chance to pause, reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives for us. The conflict in Afghanistan has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.

Dan was very proud to see so many people in Suffolk showing their support for our Armed Forces and would like to thank Kenny Howard for inviting him to make a reading at this year’s service.


04 NOV 2012

LOCAL MP OPENS BRAND NEW KITCHEN FACILITY AT LOCAL SCHOOL

Dr Dan with Laxfield All Saints CEVA Primary School Headteacher David Dee during the opening of the new school kitchen

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, was delighted to officially open a brand new kitchen at Laxfield All Saints CEVA Primary School, as staff, parents and pupils started a week of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the current school building.

A cooked breakfast was provided for guests on Monday (5th) morning as the new kitchen, which cost £30,000 to build, was formally unveiled. A portion of the funding for the new facility was raised by the Friends of Laxfield All Saints Primary School. A new community library will also be opened on Wednesday at the school.

Speaking on his way to Westminster after the opening, Dr Poulter said; ‘I always enjoy visiting our local schools in Suffolk and it was therefore a pleasure to be invited to officially open the new kitchen at Laxfield All Saints CEVA Primary School, during the start of an exciting week for everyone associated with the school.

"It was a pleasure to speak to the staff and pupils and I would like to thank Headteacher David Dee for asking me to cut the ribbon on this excellent facility that will serve the school well for years to come."

Headteacher David Dee, said; ‘We were thrilled that Dr Poulter, as a valued friend of the school, was able to join us to open our new kitchen.’


02 NOV 2012

Dr Dan pays visit to the Somerville Foundation in Ipswich

Dr Dan with Councillor David Goldsmith outside the Crofts Bakery on Fircroft RoadIt was a real pleasure for Dan to visit the Somerville Foundation in St Margaret’s Green last week. The Foundation is a charity that supports adults and young people born with a heart condition by providing practical and emotional support, enabling them to take control of their lives. As a doctor, Dan knows that being born with and growing up with a heart condition can be extremely difficult, which is why the Somerville Foundation provides information leaflets and support, so that people know where to turn to for advice and help. Dan very much enjoyed hearing about the work of the foundation and would like to thank National Director John Richardson for inviting him to visit .


02 NOV 2012

Dr Dan fights for residents in Dales Road

Dr Dan with residents at Dales Road, IpswichDan is always prepared to fight for residents and to support local causes that are important to his constituents. Earlier this year, a group of residents from North-West Ipswich visited him at one of his regular advice bureaus to complain about the disruption they have been suffering on Dales Road as a result of heavy goods vehicles accessing a small industrial estate on the road. As the industrial park is not large enough to house the HGVs, many of them are forced to park on either the side of the road or on pedestrian paths, which ends up obstructing the view of residents attempting to leave their driveways outside their homes. The HGVs also generate unwanted noise outside homes during anti-social hours, which has made life very difficult for many residents.

Last week, along with local Councillor David Goldsmith, Dan met with a large group of residents on Dales Road, who presented him with a petition demonstrating their strength of feeling on this issue. Dan has already visited the site on many occasions and has written to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Traffic Commissioner as the views of local residents should be properly considered before decisions affecting their quality of life are taken. He will continue to support the residents of Dales Road to find a solution to this ongoing problem.


02 NOV 2012

Dr Dan visits local shops in North-West Ipswich

Dr Dan with Councillor David Goldsmith outside the Crofts Bakery on Fircroft RoadDan always enjoy visiting our community groups, schools and businesses in Suffolk and last week he had the opportunity to meet some of our local shop owners when he visited Fircroft Road as part of his busy Friday constituency schedule. Dan spoke to staff and customers as he visited the local Co-operative pharmacy before going into the Croft’s Bakery and the Fircroft Post Office.

Whilst trading conditions have not been easy over the past few years, he was also encouraged to see a steady stream of local people supporting their independent stores. There has been much debate in Ipswich recently about the town’s future, prompted by the Ipswich Star’s excellent Beacon campaign and, as the former Marks and Spencers boss Sir Stuart Rose recently commented, although our county town isn’t perfect, residents in Ipswich will have an important role to play in helping to improve it in the years ahead. Supporting our small and medium-sized shops and businesses is one way of doing this. After all, they form the lifeblood of our economy in Suffolk by providing jobs for local people, driving economic growth and giving the town its unique identity.

Dan would like to thank local County Councillor David Goldsmith for accompanying him on his visit.


02 NOV 2012

Dr Dan holds another successful slot on local community radio station

Dr Dan with one of the directors of Radio Castle, Cllr Christopher Hudson, during a recent visit to the Framlingham-based radio station. Last week, as part of his busy constituency schedule, Dan dropped into the Framlingham Technology Centre for his regular slot on community radio station, Radio Castle. Listeners were able to tune in and listen to Dr Poulter online, as he discussed both national and local issues, such as the changes that are being made at the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust to provide more health care services in the community for people with mental health conditions.

Radio Castle, which operates out of the Framlingham Technology Centre, was set up last year by directors Christopher Hudson, Colin Walker and Rupert Darrant and is run as a community interest company. The directors have encouraged any budding local djs and talented scriptwriters to get involved with the station, which is run solely by local volunteers and delivers information about local events to the community, while also providing a platform for young people with an interest in radio to learn vital new skills from its training suite.

Community radio stations like Castle Radio play a vital in reaching out to local people and Dan would like to thank Councillor Christopher Hudson, who is one of the directors at the new radio station, for inviting him onto Radio Castle. He very much looks forward to appearing on the station again soon.


01 NOV 2012

HEALTH MINISTER SETS EXAMPLE WITH SEASONAL FLU VACCINE - 1ST NOVEMBER 2012

 Dr Dan is given the season flu vaccine in Parliament.

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Health Minister, joined around 80 MPs yesterday when he received a flu vaccine in the House of Commons, as part of an attempt to encourage residents in Suffolk to get this season’s flu vaccine, in line with Government recommendations.

Last year, 74% of people aged over 65 were vaccinated against flu in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, which corresponds with the national average for this age group.

Seasonal flu (influenza) is a highly infectious illness and it is important for those most at risk to be vaccinated against it. Each year, flu can put a considerable burden on NHS resources, with numerous GP consultations and hospitalisations. In England and Wales, influenza accounts for over 400,000 general practitioner consultations annually. It is estimated that in excess of 6 million working days are lost in the UK due to seasonal influenza every year. The consequences of influenza can also be fatal.

The Department of Health (DH) recommends free flu vaccinations for those aged 65 or over; and for people with certain chronic conditions such as respiratory disease (including asthma); heart, renal, liver or neurological disease; diabetes; low immune systems; as well as people living in long-stay facilities such as nursing and residential homes, and carers of elderly or disabled people. Healthcare professionals are also encouraged to have the vaccination, as well as pregnant women.

Speaking after having the vaccine, Dr Poulter said, ‘The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications and illness from flu, such as those who are over 65.’

‘I would encourage all those in Suffolk who are over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated this winter.’


27 OCT 2012

Dr Dan shows support for Cotton village coffee morning

Dr Dan with local residents at the Cotton village coffee morningDr Dan was recently delighted to visit Cotton village hall for the regular local coffee morning, where he spent time chatting to residents about a number of issues, such as the leading role he has played in getting £12 million of Government money for the rollout of faster broadband in rural areas of Suffolk, his work in winning £1.5 million for the refurbishment of Hartismere Community Hospital, and the need to provide more care in the community to look after our growing ageing population in Suffolk.

Since being elected as MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010 Dan’s main priority has been to meet with residents from all parts of his constituency in order to hear their views and help with their problems as well as update them on the work he is doing in both in the constituency and in Westminster.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents and would like to extend his thanks to Cotton Parish Council chairman Valerie Couldridge for inviting him to the coffee morning. All of the proceeds raised during these mornings go towards maintaining the village church and supporting other local charities, and Dan very much looks forward to visiting again.


05 OCT 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham

Dr Dan outside Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in DebenhamOver the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across Suffolk, from Debanham to Kesgrave High School in North Ipswich. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, he visited Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham, where he met with Headteacher Jane Taylor before kindly being given a tour of the school by some of the year 6 pupils. He always enjoys meeting with teachers, staff and students and it was a real pleasure for Dan to see all of the afternoon classroom activities taking place, including a rehearsal of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which the pupils are due to perform soon. He would like to thank Jane Taylor and the year 6 pupils for inviting him to visit and for taking the time to show him around the school. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


05 OCT 2012

Dr Dan addresses local surgeons at the East of England Patient Safety Conference

Dr Dan addresses local surgeons at the East of England Patient Safety ConferenceLast week, Dr Dan was invited to speak at the East of England Patient Safety Conference organised by the East Anglian branch of the Royal College of Surgeons. He took the opportunity to explain the vital role that surgeons play in our NHS and that giving doctors and nurses a bigger say in how they care for their patients is crucial if we are to have an NHS that genuinely has the highest quality of care at its heart. Dan also paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of the region’s surgeons during his keynote speech and in the questions that followed.

Dan also spoke about the biggest health challenges facing Suffolk, and in particular about caring for our growing ageing population and those with mental health problems. As increasing numbers of older people require help and support, a shift in attitudes towards the delivery of better care in the community, preventative healthcare, and far greater integration between the NHS, local councils, housing and voluntary providers is necessary. It is only by putting those who know what is best for their patients – doctors, surgeons and nurses – in the lead and bringing together and better coordinating hospital, community health, social care, housing and other services, that the financial and human challenge of looking after older people in Suffolk can properly be met.

Dan would like to thank Surjait Singh for inviting him to speak at the conference, and he looks forward to working with the Royal College of Surgeons in his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health.


29 SEP 2012

Dr Dan starts the 2012 Eye Duck Race

Dr Dan starts the 2012 1st Eye Scout Group Duck Race at the Pennings Nature Reserve in Ludgate CausewayDan was delighted to start the 1st Eye Scout Group Duck Race at the Pennings Nature Reserve in Ludgate Causeway. The annual event has become a popular fixture among local residents and this year, 755 ducks lined up on the River Dove, as they made their way to the finish line. Various other activities were on offer, including traditional games and refreshments, and Dan chatted to residents of all ages before presenting the prizes to the winning ducks. Dan also helped to judge the duck-drawing and duck-made-out-of-vegetable competitions.

It is estimated that nearly £2,000 was raised on the day, with the proceeds going towards the 1st Eye Scout Group’s bid to move into a new home. Dan would like to thank Eye Town Mayor, Councillor Merlin Carr, for helping to organising the successful event, and he very much looks forward to attending again next year.


28 SEP 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Kesgrave High School

Dr Dan with the Kesgrave High School Government and Politics students during his visit.Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk’s young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week he visited Kesgrave High School and held a lively Question and Answer session with the school’s A-Level Government and Politics students.

A number of topics were covered during his session with the students, including his work as both an MP, Government Minister and an NHS hospital doctor, whilst he was also asked about university tuition fees and the work that is being carried out by the Government to reform the benefits system so that people are better off in work than out.

It was an enjoyable session and all of the students were a real credit to their Headteacher, Nigel Burgoyne, who Dan would like to thank for inviting him to visit the school.


28 SEP 2012

Dr Dan supports Macmillan's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' fundraising event

Dr Dan with Rose Rogerson in Otley as part of MacmillanCoffee mornings were recently held across Ipswich and Suffolk as part of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ fundraising event. Dan always like to show his support for this annual event by visiting coffee mornings around Suffolk and it was a real pleasure for him to visit Peter and Rose Rogerson, who kindly opened their home in Otley to local residents, as part of the successful fundraising morning this year.

Now in its 22nd year, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support has proved extremely popular and last year over £10 million was raised nationally. Unfortunately, many of us will know of someone who suffers from cancer, and will be all too aware of the challenges this condition brings. That is why Macmillan Cancer Support is such an important charity, as it helps to care for those living with and beyond cancer by providing specialist nurses and social workers who give emotional, medical, practical and financial support during what can be a very difficult time. As a doctor, Dan has worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support nurses in the past and knows from firsthand experience what a vital role they play by caring for and providing support to cancer patients.

Dan would like to thank Peter and Rose Rogerson for putting on the coffee morning, which brought the local community together and for inviting him to attend what was an extremely successful event.


27 SEP 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Debenham High School

Dr Dan with Headteacher Julia Upton during his recent visit to Debenham High School.Since Dan was elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, he has visited most of the schools in his constituency and always enjoys meeting with teachers, governors and pupils. We all share the view that giving young people the best possible start in life is vital for their personal development and essential for our future economy and society, both locally and nationally. During his regular school visits, Dan sees at firsthand the enthusiasm to learn that our young people show and is always full of admiration for our hardworking teachers and staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week, Dan visited Debenham High School, where he met with Headteacher Julia Upton before holding a Question and Answer session with the year 11 students. Debenham High School is one of the highest performing schools in Suffolk, and in January 2011 became an academy, which provides it with greater financial independence and flexibility regarding its curriculum.

During his session with the students, Dan spoke about a number of topics, including his work as a medical doctor, constituency MP and Government Health Minister. The students were a real credit to Julia and her staff, and Dan was impressed with their enthusiasm and knowledge. He would again like to thank Julia for inviting him to Debenham High School, and looks forward to visiting again soon.


22 SEP 2012

Dr Dan shows his support for the Great Bealings Great British Farm Fair

Dr Dan draws the raffle at the Great Bealings Great British FairWith the summer coming to a close, last weekend Dan had the pleasure of attending the very first Great Bealings Great British Farm Fair. A host of activities were put on for people of all ages, including an old-fashioned Olympics, wool spinning, tractor rides and and craft displays. The event was organised by the Friends of Great Bealings Church, with all of the proceeds raised going towards the preservation and maintenance of St Mary’s Church.

Adrian Melrose co-founded the event, and Dan would like to thank him for his generosity in opening up his farm to allow the fair to take place.


21 SEP 2012

Dr Dan supports Suffolk's pig farmers during visit to BQP in Stradbroke

Dr Dan with Howard Revell (left), BQP Pig Production Manager and Andrew Saunders of Tulip LtdDr Dan recently showed his support for Suffolk’s pig farmers when he visited one of the largest pig production companies in the UK, based in Stradbroke.

BQP is part of Tulip Ltd’s subsidiary, Dalehead Foods, which is a pig production company with a 10% market share of the UK pig rearers’ market. Dalehead Foods is an integrated farming, slaughtering and processing company which has been supplying Waitrose for over thirty years. BQP and Dalehead Foods work closely with approximately 250 farmers who are largely based in the East Anglia region.

During his meeting with Andrew Saunders and Howard Revell, Dan discussed a range of issues facing local farmers in Suffolk, including concerns over the availability of straw were a proposed straw burning plant in Mendlesham to be given the go ahead. He also heard about the broader challenges facing the British pig industry, such as the rise in pig feed prices due to poor weather and harvest forecasts as well as increasing demand from developing countries such as China.

Farming plays a key role in our local economy and Dan remains committed to championing Suffolk’s strong agricultural sector. He has already raised the challenges facing local pig and dairy farmers in Parliament, and will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s farmers and local food and drink producers going forward. He would like to thank Andrew Saunders and Howard Revell for inviting him to visit.


20 SEP 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich

Dr Dan with Headteacher Sam Penn and students during his visit to the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich.During his regular school visits, Dan see’s at firsthand the enthusiasm to learn that our young people show and is always full of admiration for our hardworking teachers and staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed.

Last week he visited the Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich, an 11-16 secondary school, where he met with Headteacher Sam Penn before touring the school’s English, Science, Languages and Art departments.

Under Ms Penn’s leadership, Ormiston has continued to make excellent progress since it became an academy earlier this year and has improved results by 40% after only two terms, with 52% of GCSE students gaining five A*-C grades in English and mathematics this summer. All of the students were a credit to Ms Penn and her staff on his visit and he very much looks forward to visiting again.


08 SEP 2012

Dr Dan supports Suffolk's dairy farmers

Dr Dan with dairy farmers John and Andrew Bullock during his visit to Church Farm, CottonLast week, Dr Dan visited Church Farm in Cotton, near Eye, where he met with farmers John and Andrew Bullock, who look after over 100 dairy cattle. Dan was given a tour of the farm and heard about some of the concerns facing the dairy industry, after a number of milk processors announced in the summer that they would be cutting the price for purchasing milk from British dairy farmers.

Following a high profile campaign led by dairy farmers, a number of supermarkets agreed to increase the price paid for milk, whilst pledging to put in place more sustainable long-term pricing models so that local farmers are paid a proper price for their milk. This has now resulted in the creation of a voluntary code of best practice between milk buyers and dairy farmers.

Since becoming elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan has fought for the interests of local dairy farmers in his constituency, and last year organised a debate in the House of Commons to highlight the issues facing British milk producers. He used this debate to demand further clarity over the Government’s proposals to establish a Groceries Code Adjudicator to enforce the Groceries Code, which has since started its legislative passage, and to call on large supermarkets to pay a fair price for the milk produced by local dairy farmers.

Dan has been calling on large supermarket retailers and processors to exercise greater corporate responsibility in their contractual arrangements with milk producers, and he will be continuing to closely monitor the effectiveness of the voluntary code of best practice so that our local farmers in Suffolk are given the price they deserve for their milk. Dan would like to thank John and Andrew Bullock for showing him around their farm, and he looks forward to visiting again.


07 SEP 2012

Dr Dan visits local community interest company in Eye

Dr Dan with Rosie Carter and staff at the SAFE community interest company in Eye Suffolk’s local charities, voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations play a vital role in our local economy and our communities. Dr Dan recently visited SAFE cic, a community interest company in Eye which handles Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) for voluntary groups and provides local organisations with advice on how to complete safeguarding risk assessments for both adults and children.

SAFE cic currently have around 1200 client organisations and also offer various online training courses to enable groups, such as the Scouts, to fulfil their safeguarding obligations when working with children or vulnerable adults.

Dan met with Rosie Carter and her staff, before discussing issues surrounding the current CRB checking regime, such as the extent to which employee positions at leisure centres require CRB clearance. Dan would like to thank Rosie and her staff for welcoming him, and looks forward to visiting again.


05 SEP 2012

MP DELIGHTED TO BE PART OF NEW MINISTERIAL HEALTH TEAM

Dr Dan PoulterCentral Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter spoke of his delight yesterday following his promotion as Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Department of Health.

Speaking following his promotion as a Government Minister Dr Poulter said; “ It is an honour and a privilege to be offered this role and I am looking forward very much to working with the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, the new Health Secretary. While Minister for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport Jeremy Hunt led on the Governments commitment to ensure that Britain has the fastest internet speeds in Europe by 2015 and Suffolk has benifitted from this by securing £11.6 million of Government funding for high speed internet.

Dr Poulter added; 'I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to bring my frontline experience as an NHS doctor to my new role and am looking forward to working to address some of the major health challenges facing this country.'

 


01 SEP 2012

Dr Dan opens the Westerfield summer fete

Dr Dan addresses guests at the Westerfield summer feteWith the summer drawing to a close, last week Dan was delighted to be invited to open the annual Westerfield fete, which this year featured a selection of traditional activities, cream teas, homemade cake and other small gift items. Events like the Westerfield summer fete demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and food stalls.

He would like to extend his thanks to Cynthia Reeve for guiding him around the fete, along with all of those who attended or helped with the running of this year’s activities. He very much looks forward to visiting again next year.


30 AUG 2012

Dr Dan shows his support for Suffolk's small businesses

Dr Dan with Luke Morris and staff during his visit to local Claydon accountancy firm Larking Gowen

Dan regularly meets with local businesses in Suffolk and last week he visited two successful businesses in Claydon, the Ant Group, which is a technology and packaging specialist, and independent chartered accountants Larking Gowen.

The Ant Group’s companies include Antistat, which specialises in high-end technology-led packaging solutions, electrostatic discharge consumables and clean room supplies, and Cyberpac, which supplies specialist packaging to the creative industry. Dan met with Ron Tosh, Operations Director at the group, along with staff, and discussed the importance of making sure our young people are vested with the proper practical, vocational and technical skills to succeed in the work place. He also spoke about the necessity of making it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to borrow money at cheaper rates from banks, to enable them to invest and grow. The Ant Group was named Business of the Year at the 2011 Anglian Business Awards, and Dan was encouraged to hear how it has continued to go from strength to strength.

Dan also visited local business Larking Gowen, which is one of the Eastern region’s largest accountancy firms. The company offers a range of specialist services across a number of areas, including personal taxation, corporate finance and business recovery. Dan spoke with Partner Luke Morris, who outlined some of the difficulties facing local start-up businesses before emphasising the need for further deregulation so that businesses are able to grow.

Small and medium sized businesses form the backbone of our economy by providing jobs for people living in Suffolk, driving economic growth and supporting our schools and hospitals through the taxes they pay. Dan will continue to do all he can in Parliament to ensure that our local businesses are not hampered by unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy, but are instead allowed to continue creating jobs and investing in our communities for years to come.


28 AUG 2012

MP TAKES IPSWICH CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN TO DOWNING STREET

Dr Dan presents the Dr Dan Poulter, MP took a North Ipswich school’s campaign to No.10 Downing Street last week when he presented Prime Minister David Cameron with artwork made by pupils at Dale Hall Community Primary School.

The brightly coloured artwork created by all the children in years 3 to 6 was made as part of the international ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign, which was established by the United Nations Global Campaign for Education to raise awareness of the need to provide free education to all school aged children across the world by 2015.

Dr Poulter said; ‘I was delighted to show the Prime Minister what the pupils at Dale Hall Community Primary School have done to raise awareness about this very important issue.

‘The children of Dale Hall Community Primary School have highlighted the vital importance of providing education for all children across the world because education empowers them to escape poverty and improve their own lives as well as the lives of others in their community.’

‘The Prime Minister was very impressed by the children’s involvement in the campaign and agreed that the teachers and children at Dale Hall Primary deserve to be commended for their efforts in creating such excellently designed artwork for such a worthy cause.’

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24 AUG 2012

MPS DEMAND IMPROVEMENTS OVER AMBULANCE HANDOVER DELAYS

Dr Dan Poulter MP attends East of England Ambulance Service meeting with Norman Lamb MPDr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk, has called for immediate improvements to be made to improve patient handover times at the region’s hospitals, after obtaining figures which show that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust has lost on average 1845 hours (equivalent to 154 12-hour double staffed ambulance shifts) each month over the past year due to ambulances being delayed at hospitals.

Following a meeting with Hayden Newton, the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Dr Poulter and his North Norfolk Parliamentary colleague Norman Lamb MP, have written to hospitals across Suffolk and Norfolk, to find out what steps are being taken to reduce the amount of time that ambulances spend queuing outside the region’s hospitals.

In March 2012, the Care Quality Commission carried out an inspection of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and found that turnaround times at the region’s hospitals need to be improved in order to prevent delays in handing over patients requiring emergency care.

When ambulances arrive at A&E, they are supposed to hand over the patient into the care of hospital staff within 15 minutes. The delays at the region’s hospitals mean that some patients are left waiting longer than 15 minutes before being handed over to hospital staff for treatment. In February 2012, 617 hours were lost due to handover delays at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital alone.

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12 AUG 2012

Dr Dan supports the Woolverstone Wish cancer appeal at the Castle Inn, Framlingham

Dr Dan draws the winning raffle ticket with Castle Inn landlord Alan Knight during the recent summer of sport evening at the pub.Dr Dan was recently invited to draw the winning raffle ticket at the Castle Inn in Framlingham, as the pub closed its latest fundraiser, with the proceeds raised going towards the Woolverstone Wing at Ipswich Hospital. £440 was raised on the day, which will go towards improving facilities for patients at the hospital’s cancer ward.

Those present on the evening paid £1 for a ticket, before a new 50” TV, which was bought by the pub to enable customers to watch the European Championships, Wimbledon tennis tournament and the Olympics as part of its ‘summer of sport’, was raffled off to the lucky winner.

The Woolverstone Wish fund was launched in September 2009 to raise money to refurbish the chemotherapy outpatient clinics and day unit in the Woolverstone Wing of Ipswich Hospital. The aim of the fund is to raise £800,000 to increase the space, improve privacy for patients and provide a more comfortable treatment area.

Dan would like to extend his thanks to Landlords Alan Knight and Henrietta Lewis for inviting him to take part in the day’s events, along with all of those who turned out to support the appeal, and looks forward to visiting the Castle Inn again.


08 AUG 2012

Dr Dan attends lunch with local parish group in Wickham Skeith

Dr Dan with members of the Wickham Skeith lunch clubDr Dan was recently delighted to join members of the Wickham Skeith over-60s lunch club at the Wickham Skeith village hall, where he spent time chatting to residents before drawing the winners of the raffle competition. The lunch club meets regularly, with different members taking turns to cook and wash up on each occasion.

With Parliament in recess, the last few weeks have given Dan the opportunity to spend time at home here in Suffolk, visiting local residents groups, organisations and charities, which he very much enjoys. He would like to thank Ann West and Romaine Elsden for inviting him to the lunch club and he looks forward to visiting again.


07 AUG 2012

MP UNANIMOUSLY RE-ELECTED AS CHAIR OF PARLIAMENTARY MATERNITY GROUP

Dr Dan with staff at the maternity unit at Ipswich HospitalMember of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has been unanimously re-elected for the third time as Chair of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are groups within the Houses of Parliament that have a membership of backbench Members of the House of Commons and Peers. They allow MPs to work constructively with others from different political parties on an issue of common interest.

The All-Party Parliamentary Maternity Group campaigns to raise standards of NHS care for pregnant women and women during childbirth. Fellow MPs are impressed with Dr Poulter’s medical background and expertise in women’s health which makes him a strong advocate for the needs of pregnant women.

Since its launch in 2000, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maternity has held regular events and continues to commission studies in conjunction with experts in areas such as maternity and paternity leave, premature child birth and baby feeding.

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02 AUG 2012

MP FIGHTS FOR SUFFOLK'S FARMERS AGAINST EU REGULATION - 2ND AUGUST 2012

(1) Dr Dan (right) with Kevin Burrows of Lamberts Abattoir, Eye and  MEP for the East of England, Vicky Ford. Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has pledged to do all he can to support Suffolk’s farmers against further regulation from Brussels following a meeting at local abattoir C & K Meats in Eye, where he was joined by Vicky Ford, Member of the European Parliament for the East of England.

Dr Poulter and Vicky Ford heard concerns regarding the way in which EU regulations are applied to farmers and food processors other EU Member States, and in particular whether other countries are enforcing regulations regarding food inspectors at meat processing facilities. This puts extra costs on UK producers, compared to overseas competition.

They also discussed animal welfare standards. The UK currently has one the strongest pig welfare regimes in Europe, for example the use of Sow stall pens has been banned here since the 1999. Our own British farmers have been campaigning in Brussels for a similar ban across Europe which is due to into force from 1 January 2013. This should bring continental produces more into line with UK standards. However it is clear that despite nearly a decade of notice many EU producers may not be ready to comply with the law. If the same standards are not applied uniformly across the EU, our local farmers find themselves at risk of being undercut by overseas produce.

Since being elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Poulter has fought for the interests of local farmers in his constituency, and has held debates in Parliament to highlight the challenges facing our pig, poultry and dairy farmers. He has also campaigned for more ‘honest food labelling’ in Parliament, to ensure that meat products labelled 'British' only come from animals born, reared and slaughtered in Britain.

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01 AUG 2012

SUFFOLK MP SUPPORTS LOCAL POST OFFICE CAMPAIGN TO WIN DVLA CONTRACT

Dr Dan presents Andrew and Penny Sunaway with the Parliamentary Best Small Shops Competition 2011 award. Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has thrown his weight behind a local Post Office’s campaign to see more Government services returned to the wider Post Office network, including the full range of DVLA (Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Agency) services.

After being contacted by Otley Village Store and Post Office Subpostmaster, Penny Sunaway, and learning of the strength of feeling among local residents, Dr Poulter took action by writing to the Secretary of State for Transport to find out what steps the Government is taking to support Post Office Ltd in its bid to secure a new contract to continue providing DVLA services, such as offering tax discs and processing driving licence applications.

Following the Department of Transport’s recent decision to put DVLA work out to a competitive tender process, Post Office Ltd is one of several groups looking to win the new £450 million contract. Winning this new contract would enable local post offices such as Otley Village Store to provide additional services such as changing vehicle ownership details and changing car number plates.

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31 JUL 2012

LOCAL MP LANDS REGULAR SLOT ON LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO STATION

Dr Dan with one of the directors of Radio Castle, Cllr Christopher Hudson, during a recent visit to the Framlingham-based radio station.

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has praised the efforts of three volunteers for setting up a new community radio station in Framlingham and has welcomed the opportunity to engage with local residents after agreeing to hold a regular slot on new community station, Radio Castle.

Radio Castle, which operates out of the Framlingham Technology Centre, was set up last year by directors Christopher Hudson, Colin Walker and Rupert Darrant and is run as a community interest company. The directors have encouraged any budding local presenters and talented scriptwriters to get involved with the station, which is run solely by local volunteers and delivers information about local events to the community, while also providing a platform for young people with an interest in radio to learn vital new skills from its training suite

Listeners will be able to tune in and listen to Dr Poulter on the Framlingham community station every month, where he will discuss the latest issues he is tackling as your local MP, his work as a hospital doctor, as well as music and other local issues of interest.

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21 JUL 2012

Dr Dan supports the 118th Framlingham Horse Show

Dr Dan with one of the horses at the Framlingham Horse ShowLast week, Dan was delighted to visit the 118th Framlingham Horse Show in the grounds of Framlingham Castle. Over 1,000 people attended this year’s event, demonstrating the popularity of one of the oldest and most traditional horse shows in Suffolk and Dan had the opportunity of meeting many residents as he made his way round the various horse classes, trade stands, and food stalls. The Show offers a full programme of light horse classes and affiliated jumping, and is also one of the few shows in the county to offer Suffolk horse classes.

It was a real pleasure for Dan to see so many people turning out to enjoy the show, and he would like to thank the Framlingham Association’s officers, Committee members, sponsors and exhibitors, without whom the event would not be possible to hold year after year.


21 JUL 2012

Dr Dan drops into the Willisham Summer Fete

Dr Dan watches the ferret racing at the Willisham FeteDan always enjoys the opportunity to visit the many fetes that take place in our towns and villages in Suffolk. These events demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a real pleasure for him to recently show his support for the annual Willisham summer fete, held on the green at Willisham Lodge.

This year’s fete featured a variety of arts and crafts stalls, along with traditional activities for people of all ages, including the popular ferret race. Dan very much enjoyed the day and would like to thank Al and Gillian Wilson for showing him round the Willisham fete. He looks forward to attending again next year.


20 JUL 2012

Dr Dan shows his support for shop owners in Debenham

Dr Dan outside Debenham Post Office during his recent visit to the village Our local village shops and independent stores make an enormous contribution to our Suffolk communities and last week, it was a real pleasure for Dan to visit local shops in Debenham. He was joined by Suffolk County Councillor Eddy Alcock, as he stopped at the Debenham Post Office and a number of other stores and businesses. Dan is a strong supporter of Suffolk’s local shops and stores, which enable people, particularly the elderly, to access vital services and goods without having to travel long distances. They also allow residents to support their local town and village shops. Dan would like to thank Cllr Alcock for showing him around the stores, and looks forward to visiting Debenham again soon.


20 JUL 2012

Dr Dan welcomes support behind proposed new community facility in Framlingham

Dr Dan with members of the Framlingham Police House Site Steering GroupDan has given his backing to a much-needed new community facility in Framlingham, after he recently chaired a meeting of the Framlingham Police House Site Steering Group, which is hoping to convert the old police station site in Badingham Road into a new community facility for young people.

Earlier this year, the Mills Charity purchased the site and offered the community a chance to buy it by the end of next year. This triggered the setting up of the Framlingham Police House Steering Group, which is made up of members from the sports club, Scouts, Guides and Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP).

A series of meetings have taken place over recent months, where plans to turn the redundant site into a community facility for young people to use have been discussed. Framlingham Town Council have given their full support for the steering group’s plans, which are now likely to be drawn up in more detail before further funding is sought. Dan regularly meets with Suffolk’s young people at our local schools and colleges, and is a strong supporter of the steering group’s plans to provide for a new community facility, which will enable youngsters in Framlingham to engage in meaningful activity whilst meeting with friends. He will be following the steering group’s progress closely in the weeks and months ahead and would like to thank John Spate and all the members of the group for their continued hard work.


20 JUL 2012

Dr Dan attends meeting to consider proposed new solar farm in Hacheston

Dr Dan with local residents at a public meeting on the proposed 150 acre Hacheston solar park Dan recently attended a public meeting in Hacheston where many local residents turned out to voice their concerns about plans to build what would be one of the largest solar farms in Europe, spanning around 150 acres of farmland. Developers Hive Energy are currently consulting on proposals to create a solar park in Hacheston that would produce 35 Mega Watts of renewable energy. As an MP, Dan is unable to directly intervene in local planning matters, however he shares residents concerns as a project of this scale would have an enormous impact on our rural environment in Suffolk.

Dan has welcomed the fact that the Government is backing Suffolk as a nationally recognised leader in developing the green economy, which will deliver 5,000 local jobs for people across the county, but being one of the greenest counties also means protecting our most vulnerable asset – our beautiful countryside, for future generations.


20 JUL 2012

LOCAL MP PLAYS KEY ROLE IN SECURING EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE IMPROVEMENTS

Dr Dan with members of the East Anglian Air Ambulance crew during his recent trip aboard the Anglia One helicopter (Please note: Photographs courtesy of Paul Nixon Photography, Ipswich (01473 430707).Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, is confident that the East Anglian Air Ambulance faces a bright future after the vital service was given a major boost after a re-examination of the NHS Major Trauma system review for the Eastern region.

Earlier this year, concerns were voiced about the future of the Air Ambulance in light of the East of England major trauma system review, which initially proposed imposing air ambulance boundaries dictated by a road transport time of 45 minutes from the new major trauma centre based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Beyond this, patients would be taken to a district general hospital, to await subsequent transfer to the major trauma centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Dr Poulter took action by initiating contact with the Secretary of State for Health the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP. In a letter which was signed by the majority of other East Anglian MP’s he expressed concern about the proposals and the negative impact they would have on the air ambulance service. As a result, NHS bosses have now granted concessions to the East Anglian Air Ambulance to ensure it can continue to fly critically injured patients direct to the Major Trauma Centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital outside of the 45 minute journey time.

A new temporary helipad is now likely to be established at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which will mean that the East Anglian Air Ambulance can continue to participate and support in the rapid treatment of severe trauma patients.

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17 JUL 2012

LOCAL MP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-FOCUSSED MENTAL HEALTH CARE DURING COMMONS DEBATE- 17TH JULY 2012

Dr Dan in the chamber of the House of CommonsDr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has welcomed Coalition Government measures to provide more community-focussed care to better look after people with mental health problems.

During oral questions in the House of Commons to the Deputy Prime Minister on the 10th July, Dr Poulter said; ‘I am sure that the Deputy Prime Minister will agree that for far too long there has been an emphasis in NHS mental health services on crisis management rather than on the prevention and the community support that patients require. Will he outline what steps the Government are taking to address this problem and properly to look after patients with mental health problems in the community?’

 

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14 JUL 2012

Dr Dan supports the Broomhill Summer Fete

Dr Dan chats to  members of the Samba Band at the Broomhill Fete in IpswichMany of Suffolk’s villages and towns have been holding their annual summer fetes in recent weeks and Dan was delighted to go along to support the Broomhill Summer Fete at Westbourne Library last week, where the unseasonal weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the many residents who attended. A range of activities provided hours of entertainment for people of all ages, including a bouncy castle, live music and the traditional raffle and prize draw. All of the proceeds raised on the day will go to Westbourne Library and the Broomhill pool.


Since Dan was elected as your local MP, he has worked closely with Mark Ling and the Broomhill Trust to help it in its bid to re-open the Broomhill pool, which is one of only 13 Grade II listed lidos in the UK, and remains strongly supported by the local community in north Ipswich. Leisure company Fusion Lifestyle are now working with Ipswich Borough Council to develop a strategy to restore and run the pool, which involves securing National Lottery funding. Dan would like to thank Mark Ling for showing him around the fete, and looks forward to continuing his support of the Broomhill Trust in the weeks and months ahead.


07 JUL 2012

Dr Dan supports the Claydon Primary School Summer Fair

Dr Dan performs the grand prize draw at the Claydon Primary School Summer Fair  One of the highlights of the summer for Dan is the chance he gets to visit the many fetes, fairs and festivals that take place across Suffolk. Last week, he was invited to perform the grand prize draw at the annual Claydon Primary School summer fair, which this year featured a variety of stalls, refreshments, and traditional games.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended, £2,207 was raised on the day, all of which will go towards the funding of new equipment for the school Events like the Claydon Primary School Summer Fair demonstrate the strong community ties that exist in our villages and towns, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way around the various activities. Dan would like to thank Councillor John Whitehead for showing him around the fair and he very much looks forward to attending again next year.


06 JUL 2012

Dr Dan opens the Framlingham and Saxmundham branch Cats Protection coffee morning

Dr Dan addresses guests at the Framlingham and Saxmundham Branch Cats Protection Branch coffee morning in Kettleburgh It was a real pleasure for Dan to join volunteers and residents at a coffee morning hosted by the Framlingham and Saxmundham branch of the Cats Protection charity. Dan was shown around the various gift stalls, before he thanked everyone who had given up their time to support the coffee morning, with all the proceeds going towards supporting the work of the charity.

Nationally, Cats Protection re-houses around 60,000 cats and kittens every year while the Framlingham and Saxmundham branch houses between 200 and 300 cats and kittens. The branch has a team of dedicated local volunteers who help to look after stray cats and kittens that are found locally, whilst it also runs regular neutering campaigns and offers free advice to the public on how to care for their cats. Dan thoroughly enjoyed his visit and would like to thank Kathleen Lusted, along with all the volunteers, for there continuing hard work.


06 JUL 2012

Dr Dan draws prizes at the Summer Sizzler fete in Debenham

Dr Dan picks out the winning tickets from the grand prize draw at the Last week, Dan was on hand to present awards at the ‘Summer Sizzler’ fete held at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham. The annual summer fete is organised by the Friends of Sir Robert Hitcham School, a local charity which holds events for the benefit of the community and raises funds for the children of the Primary School. This year, all of the proceeds raised on the evening will go towards the purchase of new ICT equipment for the school, after a £1,000 education bursary for computer science was recently given by the British Computer Society, which will be used to set up an after school computer programming club at the school.

A range of activities provided the entertainment at the fete, from quad bikes to a family disco, fun races and a tug of war. Dan was delighted to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying themselves at the fete and would like to thank Head Teacher Jane Taylor for showing him around the activities and stalls. He very much looks forward to visiting again next year.


06 JUL 2012

Dr Dan opens new community shop in Somersham

Dr Dan joins BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Terry Baxter to open the new Somersham and District Community shopLocal independent shops play a vital role in our communities in Suffolk, providing essential services, particularly for frail elderly residents, while also bringing people together. Last week, Dan was delighted to open the new Somersham Community and District Shop, which will be located at the heart of the village, and comes after residents rallied to help secure over £115,000 of funding to re-instate a new village shop.

Villagers in Somersham have been without a shop since the previous one closed in 2007. Following its closure, residents got together and formed the Somersham and District Community Shop Community Interest Company (SOMSHOP), which has helped to pull in vital funding from a range of sources, including the Big Lottery Fund, Suffolk county Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council. Dan is pleased that residents in Somersham will again be able to use and support their own local shop, and would like to thank all of the villagers who have worked so hard over recent years to make this project become a reality.


06 JUL 2012

Dr Dan holds question and answer session with Thomas Mills High School students

Dr Dan answers questions during a question and answer session with Sixth-form students from Thomas Mills High SchoolDan regularly meets with young people in our local schools and colleges in Suffolk and always enjoys listening to their views and concerns. Last week, he visited Thomas Mills High School, where he enjoyed a lively question and answer session with a large group of Sixth-form students. Dan spoke about his role as your local MP, and listed some of his achievements for residents in Suffolk since being elected in 2010, including helping to secure £11.5 million in Government funding that will provide high-speed internet speeds for homes, businesses and schools in areas such as Framlingham. A number of other topics were raised during the question and answer session, including the crisis in the Eurozone, House of Lords reform and the importance of better looking after our growing ageing population.

Thomas Mills High, which became an academy on 1st June 2011, remains one of the best performing schools in the East of England, and 87 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*- C grades at GCSE level last year. Dan thoroughly enjoyed answering the students’ questions, and would like to thank Head of Sixth-form John Jennings for inviting him to visit.


30 JUN 2012

LOCAL MP WELCOMES RE-OPENING OF VITAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - 29TH JUNE 2012

Dan at the official re-opening of Hartismere Hospital Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has welcomed the refurbishment of Hartsimere Hospital in Eye, after attending the official opening of the new community facility.

Hartismere was closed as an effective community hospital by Suffolk Primary Care Trust in 2006. Upon hearing about its closure, Dr Poulter took over the campaign to reopen it, initially led by former MP Sir Michael Lord, and, working with the local community, helped to secure £1.5 million of funding to complete its refurbishment.

Work to revitalise the community hospital began in March 2011, and the new facility will continue to house a mixture of community and specialist services, including podiatry, health visiting, continence, mental health, diagnostics, rehabilitation, retinal screening and more.

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26 JUN 2012

LOCAL MP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT DECISION TO FREEZE FUEL TAX

Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has welcomed the Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty for the rest of the year. The move cancels a planned 3 pence increase that was due to take place in August and will bring relief to many businesses and hardworking families in Ipswich and Suffolk.

The decision means that pump prices will be 10 pence a litre cheaper than if the Government had not abolished the pre-existing fuel duty escalator. As a result of the Government’s actions to support motorists, fuel duty will not have increased for two successive years and the average family with a car will be £159 better off overall than they otherwise would have been.

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23 JUN 2012

Dr Dan opens the Worlingworth and Kettleburgh summer fetes

Dr Dan opens the Kettleburgh summer feteOne of the highlights of the summer for Dan is the chance he gets to visit the many fetes that take place in our towns and villages in Suffolk. Last week, he was invited to open both the Worlingworth and Kettleburgh summer fetes. These events demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and food stalls at both venues.

The Kettleburgh fete was held on the banks of the River Deben and featured a range of traditional games, including a grand prize draw and the annual cowpat competition. There were also lots of activities on offer for people of all ages at the Worlingworth annual summer fete, with bouncy castles, plant and cake stalls, and raffle competitions providing much entertainment. Dan would like to thank Councillor Matthew Hicks and Graham Mooney for showing him around the Worlingworth and Kettleburgh fetes, and he very much looks forward to attending bith fetes again next year.


22 JUN 2012

Dr Dan meets with Suffolk Sport in bid to win funding for Whitton United FC

Dr Dan with Lucky Singh and staff at Whitton United FCSince becoming your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has always been a great supporter of Whitton United, which provides a great example of a valuable community asset that has harnessed the power of sport to bring people together of all ages in North Ipswich. Last week, he visited Whitton United FC for a meeting between Tony Bush and Terry McEntee of the Suffolk Sport charity and Lucky Singh from Whitton United, to look for ways to access funding for the club. Coaches at the club now look after more than 250 youngsters in its youth team, and the Club serves as a focal point of the community by allowing its clubhouse to be used for bingo nights, and other functions and community events. The club hosted its summer football tournament at the weekend, which saw 58 youth teams taking part, with bbq food and other refreshments on offer for everyone who attended.

Thanks to the efforts of Lucky Singh, the team at Whitton United and McDonald’s owner Mark Richards, the Club now has a new stand, a hospitality suite and improved function rooms. However, the Club is in great need of further funding for improvements such as new floodlights. The meeting was very constructive, and Dan is hopeful that the club can secure funding and continue serving as a hub of the local community in North Ipswich.


22 JUN 2012

Dr Dan supports local businesses at Suffolk MP Business Liaison Group

a meeting at C  K Meats butchers hosted by Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses on the dangers of over-regulating small businesses in the meat industryLocal businesses of all sizes form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, employing local people, boosting economic growth and supporting our local communities. Last week Dan attended his regular Suffolk Business Liaison Group meeting at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Ipswich, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, to discuss some of the main issues affecting businesses across the county.

A number of key issues were discussed at the meeting, including an update on Suffolk’s plans for the roll-out of high speed broadband across the county by 2015. The contract for delivering high speed broadband in Suffolk has now been put out to tender by Suffolk County Council, with the first homes due to be connected to the high-speed network at the end of the year.

The importance of properly supporting our local abattoirs in Suffolk was also raised, and Dan stressed how supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of his top priorities as your local mp. That is why he has led efforts in Parliament to ensure that the Food Standards Agency’s proposals to place full cost recovery of meat inspections on local abattoirs are properly reviewed and consulted upon by the Government.

County councils across East Anglia and local businesses are currently drawing up plans, along with the region’s MPs, for the future of our rail service and Dan used this opportunity to stress the importance of making sure key interchange stations such as Stowmarket and Diss are protected as part of any future proposals.


The meeting was very useful and Dan will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s businesses in the weeks and months ahead in Parliament.


22 JUN 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham

Dr Dan talks to youngsters at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School during a question and answer sessionDan always enjoys meeting with Suffolk’s teachers, governors and young people. Last week, he visited Sir Robert Hitcham Community Primary School in Framlingham, where he joined teachers and staff before holding question and answer sessions with pupils across different year groups. Dan spoke to pupils in three separate classes, and answered questions ranging from his work as an NHS hospital doctor to the role he has played in helping to secure £11.5 million in Government funding to provide high-speed internet speeds for homes, businesses and schools in areas such as Framlingham.

The school was given a glowing Ofsted report in its most recent inspection, and has gone from strength to strength under Head Teacher Helen Picton’s leadership. The pupils are a real credit to their teachers, and Dan very much looks forward to visiting Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School again.


20 JUN 2012

MP SECURES PROMISE OF IMPROVEMENTS FROM AMBULANCE CHIEFS OVER RURAL RESPONSE TIMES

Dr Dan with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb at a meeting with East of England Ambulance Service Following a meeting with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has welcomed assurances that a number of measures will be put in place to improve ambulance response times in rural areas of Suffolk.

Dr Poulter and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb met with Hayden Newton, Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service after recently published figures showed that some residents in Suffolk still wait longer than the 8 minute target time for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of an emergency.

It was also revealed at the meeting that 1,845 hours were lost in ambulance handover delays outside hospital between April 2011 and May of this year, which is equivalent to 154 12-hour paramedic shifts.

The MPs heard that a number of actions are being taken to improve the performance of the ambulance service, including putting an additional 120 paramedics into the frontline; setting up a new system to better manage 999 calls to make sure patients with life-threatening conditions receive help faster; and making a concerted effort to clamp down on hospital delays of over 30 minutes when handing over patients at hospitals.

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15 JUN 2012

Dr Dan visits the team at Heart FM

Dr Dan with Holly Jones, Angie Clague and News Editor Neil Perry at the Heart FM studios Newspapers like the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star, along with our local TV and radio stations in Suffolk, play a vital role in the functioning of our local democracy. They hold our elected representatives to account while campaigning on behalf of residents for valuable local causes.

Dan recently visited the Heart FM team for a tour of their studios after his meeting with the East of England Ambulance Service. Along with many people in Suffolk, he often listens to Heart FM, and it was a pleasure for Dan to meet with News Editor Neil Perry and his colleagues before being shown round the site. We are lucky to have such a strong and independent local media presence in Suffolk and Dan will continue to do all he can to support our local newspapers and radio stations.


14 JUN 2012

LOCAL MPs GAIN GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR IPSWICH HOSPITAL's FOUNDATION HOSPITAL BID

Dr Dan Poulter with Suffolk colleagues Therese Coffey and Ben Gummer during their meeting with Secretary of State Andrew Lansley.Following a meeting today in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is confident that Ipswich Hospital, its patients and staff can look forward to a bright future.

Dr Poulter arranged the meeting with the man in charge of Britain’s NHS, in order to gain support from the Government in addressing Ipswich Hospital’s longstanding financial problems. Fellow Suffolk MPs Ben Gummer and Therese Coffey also attended the meeting.

Today’s meeting follows the appointment at Ipswich of new interim Chief Executive Nigel Beverley, along with the welcome news that Ipswich Hospital is to gain a new £5 million specialist heart unit, and Suffolk’s MPs are determined to give the new man at the helm of the hospital their strong support.

As a result of the meeting, the Department of Health will now be working more closely to help the team at Ipswich Hospital in its efforts to tackle the hospital’s debt, and vitally for Ipswich Hospital’s future, to support Ipswich in its renewed bid for Foundation Trust status. Foundation Trust status will give Ipswich Hospital more control over its financial affairs, and allow it to develop future healthcare services suited to the needs of patients in Ipswich and Suffolk.

At the meeting, Andrew Lansley spoke warmly of the hospital, offering the Government’s support in helping the hospital to develop new more community based health services in the years ahead, particularly to deliver better care in the community for the many older people in Suffolk.

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12 JUN 2012

LOCAL MP WELCOMES LOCAL COLLEGE MERGER

Dr Dan Poulter MP with college Principal, Philip Winfield Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, has welcomed news that Easton and Otley Colleges will formally merge, after it was announced that the two colleges will be replaced by a new corporation named Easton and Otley College.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave the go-ahead for the merger and said a new institution, called the Easton & Otley College, could formally be created in August. The decision follows several years of close collaborative working between the two specialist agricultural colleges, based in Suffolk and Norfolk, and will enable specialist staff, learning resources and facilities to be shared.

 

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08 JUN 2012

Dr Dan holds another successful Meet Your MP event in Framlingham

Dr Dan chats to Framlingham residents at his recent meet your MP eventDan recently enjoyed another successful ‘Meet your MP’ event at the United Free Church in Framlingham, where people of all ages had the chance to chat to me and ask about any issues affecting them, both local and national. A number of issues were discussed, such as the Government’s support for faster broadband in rural areas, Dan's work in Parliament to support our local farmers, and the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing ageing population in Ipswich and Suffolk.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. He would like to thank Margaret Harrold for helping to organise the event, along with all those who attended.


07 JUN 2012

Dr Dan shows his support for the Suffolk Show

Dan speaking at the CLA FSB event at the Suffolk Show withNorman Bagley, Lady Caroline Cranbrook,Chris Soule and Philip EdgeDan always enjoys visiting the annual Suffolk Show, which celebrates the very best our county has to offer. With its array of activities for all the family, along with the opportunity it gives people to buy from many of our excellent local businesses, large and small, it is not hard to see why the Suffolk Show has continued to grow in popularity over the years. Like many people in Ipswich and Suffolk who had planned to attend the event last Friday, he was extremely disappointed when the second day of the Suffolk Show was abandoned due to the terrible wind and rain. Decisions like these are never easy, but the safety of visitors and stand holders alike must always be of paramount importance, and the high winds together with the sodden ground posed a real danger to peoples’ safety. Suffolk Show director David Nunn deserves to be commended for his decision to cancel the show. While disappointing for everyone, it was the right thing to do.

In spite of the bad weather, the first day of the Suffolk Show went ahead as normal and Dan was delighted to see so many people - both local and from afar – defying the elements to enjoy highlights ranging from the traditional cattle contests to the extended military zone and the London 2012 Olympics-themed sports village. The show provides an unrivalled opportunity for local businesses to showcase their wares, from the large and established food and drink producers such as Aspal Suffolk Cyder, to the many smaller traders that we are lucky to have in Suffolk.

Suffolk’s local farmers and food producers play a vital role in our local economy and communities, while helping to preserve our natural environment. Supporting Suffolk's farmers and food producers is one of Dan’s top priorities as your local MP. That is why he has been leading a campaign in Parliament to protect the future of Suffolk’s independent abattoirs and butchers from costly over-regulation. Under the Food Standards Agency’s proposed ‘full cost recovery’ plans, all meat producers will be required to pay the full costs of meat inspections which the agency carries out, whilst its new E-coli prevention guidelines are likely to penalise local butchers, farm shops and livestock farmers.

Dan spoke at an event at the Suffolk Show organised by the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses and the Country Land and Business Association, and highlighted the work he has been doing to lobby Government ministers on the Food Standards Agency’s plans. He was pleased to be able to report that the Government has now decided to look again at the Food Standards Agency’s draft proposals, so that smaller abattoirs can be better protected under the new plans. Dan will continue to fight for a positive outcome for our livestock farmers and butchers in Suffolk, and would like to thank Chris Soule, Chairman of the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses, along with Caroline Cranbrook, Country Land and Business Assocition Suffolk Vice President, for their continued hard work.




04 JUN 2012

Dr Dan presents Jubilee mugs to youngsters in Saxtead

Dan presents Jubilee Mugs to children at the Saxtead Jubilee celebrationsDan was on hand to present local youngsters in Saxtead with special Diamond Jubilee mugs as part of the village’s celebrations to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. He joined local residents on the village green, where a number of games and activities were taking place, in addition to the bbq food and traditional homemade cakes and tea that were on offer. Dan also judged the best wheeled vehicle competition, which featured a variety of royal-themed designs. He would like to thank local Parish Council Chairman George Cullingford for showing him around the various stalls and activities on this very enjoyable day.


04 JUN 2012

Dr Dan attends the Royal British Legion's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Christchurch Park

Dr Dan joins the Royal British Legion for the Jubilee parade and service in Christchurch ParkThroughout her 60 years on the throne, the Queen has shown herself to be dedicated, selfless and committed in her service to the British people and public life. Many people in Suffolk recognise this, and Dan was delighted to see so many families, friends and people of all ages coming together to pay their respects to the enormous contribution the Queen has made during her reign.

Dan joined the celebrations at a number of local events in Suffolk over the long Bank Holiday weekend. One of his highlights was joining residents in Christchurch Park in Ipswich for a special Jubilee parade and service led by the Ipswich branch of the Royal British Legion, followed by live music and a torchlight procession. He enjoyed meeting members of the Royal British Legion, which is a charity that provides invaluable support to members and veterans of the Armed Forces and has the Queen as its Patron. Dan is a keen supporter of our brave Armed Forces, and of the Royal British Legion, and thoroughly enjoyed joining the parade.


02 JUN 2012

Dr Dan plants historic first oak tree at the Earl Soham Jubilee Wood project

Dr Dan plants the first commemorative oak tree at the Earl Soham Jubilee WoodDan welcomed the invitation to plant the first commemorative oak tree at the Earl Soham Jubilee Wood as part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Earl Soham Jubilee Wood is a project that started last year after an opportunity arose for the community of Earl Soham to purchase a little over one acre of Glebe land which was being sold by the Diocese. Over £25,000 was raised by the local community, in conjunction with businesses and associations while Suffolk County Council has agreed to build a footpath through the proposed wood. The site lies between the two parts of the village and provides the opportunity for a traffic free pedestrian link, that may have been lost had the land been sold for development.

A management team is currently being set up to organise the clearing of the land and trees are due to be planted at the Earl Soham Jubilee Wood this autumn. Dan would like to commend the Trustees of the project, along with all of the residents and businesses that helped raise the funding to enable this community development to go ahead.


02 JUN 2012

Dr Dan takes part in the annual Framlingham Gala

Dan with the winner of the procession floats at the Framlingham Gala - The Foster FamilyDan was delighted to be invited to attend the annual Framlingham Gala over the Bank Holiday weekend, where he judged the king and queens-themed parade. The event has been organised by Framlingham Sports Club since 1948, and all of the proceeds go towards maintaining facilities and new equipment at the club, which is a valuable community facility.

Dan joined James Cantrell from the Framlingham Sports Club before judging the procession of floats as they arrived at Castle Meadow. The winning entry was the float designed by the Foster family, which depicted Big Ben amongst other regal landmarks and symbols. Further entertainment was provided in the form of The Kangaroos gymnastic display team, John Evans and his Balance of Power show and the Norwich Samba Band. Dan would like to thank all of the residents who together helped to set up the Gala in this historic market town.


01 JUN 2012

Dr Dan presents youngsters at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School with special Diamond Jubilee mugs

Dr Dan presents special Diamond Jubilee mugs to pupils at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in FramlinghamDan was delighted to visit Sir Robert Hitcham School, where he presented special mugs featuring the official Diamond Jubilee crest to pupils at an assembly to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession to the throne. The presentation was organised by the Framlingham Business Association, with the mugs sponsored by John and Martin Kelleway, of Lodge Farm, Framlingham. Dan then held a question and answer session with the school’s year 6 pupils, where he spoke about life as your local MP, and the work he has been doing to help deliver faster broadband speeds to rural communities like Framlingham and Saxtead.

Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School was given a glowing Ofsted report in its most recent inspection, and has gone from strength to strength under Head Teacher Helen Picton’s leadership. The pupils were a real credit to their teachers and Dan would like to extend his thanks to Bill Bulstrode of the Framlingham Business Association, along with the other local sponsors, for their generosity in supporting the Jubliee celebrations.


01 JUN 2012

Dr Dan presents prizes to members of the Mendham and Withersdale Youth Club

Dr Dan presents prizes to youth club members for the Jubilee fancy dress competition at Mendham and Withersdale village hallDan continued his Jubilee celebrations at the Mendham and Withersdale Village Hall, where he was delighted to present prizes to winners of the royal-themed fancy dress competition from the Mendham and Withersdale Youth Club. The youngsters dressed as kings, queens, princes, princesses or in the traditional red, white and blue of the Union flag, before the winners were handed Jubilee gifts by Dan.

The youth club takes place at the village most Friday evenings, and offers a range of activities for local youngsters to take part in. The club has continued to grow in popularity, and was provided with a boost last month after the go-ahead was given to build a much-needed multi-use games area to the rear of the village hall, which will benefit the whole community. Over £60,000 was raised by the village hall committee to fund the multi-use games area, which will consist of a full-size floodlit tennis court with basketball, netball and football lines. The project was led by Tracey Tompkins, and Dan would like to thank her, along with all the members of the Village Hall Committee, for their continuing hard work.


01 JUN 2012

Dr Dan meets residents and staff at care home in Kesgrave

Dr Dan with staff and residents at Holm Court care home in KesgraveDan has written many times of the need to promote closer working relationships between GPs, hospitals and local adult Social Services care services if we are to meet the challenge of looking after the growing number of older people in Suffolk. Many of our older people are now living longer - which is a good thing – but in some cases with long-term medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.

Last week, he visited Holm Court in Kesgrave, which is an Extra Housing care home that helps older people to remain independent for as long as possible. As well as providing comprehensive general care and support, Holm Court’s staff have expertise in providing specialist care for those residents who have mental health conditions such as dementia. Each apartment is furnished with a kitchen, oven and hob, whilst on-site facilities include a full time court manager, restaurant, hairdressing salon, small shop, communal lounges and a 24 hour day care service tailored to individual needs. The home is run by the social enterprise group Housing 21, which provides specialist accommodation for older people within their own community.

Holm Court is the sort of facility he hopes to see much more of in the future. Dan would like to thank the staff of Holm Court for showing him around and introducing him to the guests. He looks forward to visiting again.


31 MAY 2012

Dr Dan shows support for local poultry-processing business, Jack Brand Ltd.

Dr Dan with Paul Adams, Alison Brand and Jonathan Brand at Jack Brand Ltd in ClaydonSmall and medium-sized enterprises form the lifeblood of our economy in Suffolk and Dan was delighted to be invited to visit Jack Brand Ltd in Claydon, which is a traditional, family-run poultry processing company that now handles around 210,000 birds per week. Jack Brand Ltd is an excellent example of a thriving independent business based in Suffolk - of which there are many - and employs over 100 local people at its Claydon factory.

After being given a tour of the purpose-built production facility, Dan was told how the company now turns over more than £20 million per year and has grown significantly since it was established over 100 years ago. It is essential that Suffolk businesses like Jack Brand are properly supported by the Government, and Dan will continue to do all he can in Parliament to ensure that all our local businesses have the necessary support from Government to continue being successful.


29 MAY 2012

Dr Dan opens the Gosbeck Village Fete

Dr Dan chats to local residents at the Gosbeck Village FeteDan was delighted to open the annual Gosbeck Village Fete which this year featured a Samba band along with a selection of traditional activities, cream teas, homemade cake and other small gift items. Events like the Gosbeck Village Fete demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and food stalls. He would like to thank Jill Horricks for showing him around the fete, and very much looks forward to attending again next year.


29 MAY 2012

Dan supports the Hoxne Music Festival

Dr Dan chats to local residents at the Hoxne Music FestivalIt was a pleasure for Dan to visit the Hoxne Music Festival last week, which returned for the third time on the village green. This year’s show played host to a range of top musical acts, including the likes of concert guitarist Richard Durrant, whilst the usual selection of activities and refreshments were on offer. The Village Voices choir and the brass ensemble with children from Hoxne Primary School also performed during the 3 day festival. Dan was delighted to see so many people of all ages at the popular event, and stopped to speak to local residents as he made his way round the village green.

This year’s festival also featured musical workshops for the elderly, young people and those suffering from dementia, which were partly funded by grants donated by the Seckford Foundation and the Adnams charity. Suffolk County Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and the Hoxne Parish Council also kindly contributed grants to keep ticket prices down. Dan would like to thank Vivienne Bradford for showing him around the festival, along with all of the performers and everyone who showed their support by attending.


29 MAY 2012

Dr Dan joins local families at the Highfield Children's Centre

Dr Dan outside the Highfield ChildrenLast week, Dan visited the Highfield Children’s Centre at Bramford Lane, Ipswich, where he met with mums and dads before being given a tour of the facility, which opened last year.

Surestart centres such as Highfield offer a range of services for families with young children, during what can be a challenging time for many parents. Parents can seek advice on issues ranging from children’s health to housing benefit or simply chat to other parents in a friendly environment. The centre works closely with other local service providers and also offers an outreach service which helps to support parents in their own homes. The staff and volunteers do a fantastic job at Highfield Children’s Centre and Dan would like to thank Sheri Wilkes and her team for taking the time to show him around the centre.


23 MAY 2012

Dr Dan joins local residents at the Monewden coffee morning

Dr Dan outside St MaryIt was a pleasure for Dan to attend the Monewden coffee morning, where he enjoyed the opportunity of speaking to local residents as he made his way round the various stalls and displays. Dan is always pleased to visit the local coffee mornings that are held in our villages, which showcase the strength of community spirit that exists in Suffolk. Without the hard work and planning that is put in by local residents, events such as this would not be able to take place, and Dan would like to extend his warmest thanks to Kathleen Martin for showing him round the various stalls along with all those residents who turned out to support the Monewden village coffee morning.


23 MAY 2012

Dr Dan holds latest Meet Your MP event in Great Glemham

Dr Dan takes questions from residents at his Meet Your MP event in Great GlemhamSince being elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010 Dan’s main priority has been to meet with residents from all parts of his Central Suffolk in order to hear their views and help with their problems. His successful Meet Your MP events have taken place in many parishes across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, from Wickham Market to Palgrave. Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP. He would like to extend his thanks to Honorary Parish Clerk Nicholas Redman for inviting him to attend. He looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.

Dr Dan enjoyed a visit to one of Central Suffolk’s smaller parishes at Great Glemham for the annual parish council meeting, where he answered a number of questions, ranging from the Government’s support for faster broadband in rural areas, giving more powers to rural parishes as part of the Coalition’s Localism Act, his work in Parliament to support farming, and the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing number of older people in Suffolk. Dan also addressed specific concerns relating to the possible effect on school bus services if the proposed Saxmundham Free School is given the green light following consultation with local parents.


23 MAY 2012

Dr Dan speaks at the European Union of Women AGM in Ipswich

Dr Dan addresses the European Union of WomenLast week, Dan spoke at the European Union of Women’s annual general meeting in Ipswich. Addressing a large audience, Dan spoke about life as both an NHS medical doctor and an MP, before taking questions on a number of topics, ranging from the Government’s health reforms which are cutting £5 billion of unnecessary waste and bureaucracy in the NHS and putting this into frontline healthcare, to the importance of having MPs in Parliament who have worked in the real world.

The European Union of Women was founded in 1953, the inspiration of an Austrian Member of Parliament, Dr Lola Solar. The aim was to stimulate an interest in European affairs and to enable women to make their contribution to solving common international problems. The European Union of Women believes that women should be encouraged to play an active part in civic life, and membership includes business and professional women, MPs, MEPS and local Councillors. The group regularly holds events and recently a number of members visited Poland on an information visit. Dan would like to extend his thanks to Pam Stephens of the North Essex and Suffolk Branch, along with Branch Chairman Anne Walker, for inviting him to speak at the AGM, and he wishes the group well in the future.


23 MAY 2012

Dr Dan supports the Kesgrave Primary Schools' Community Day

Dr Dan addresses local students, parents and volunteers at the Kesgrave Primary SchoolsDan very much enjoyed taking part in the annual Kesgrave Primary Schools’ Community Day last week. This year, as part of activities to raise awareness of the opportunities offered by sport in the run up to the London Olympic Games, staff and pupils at Heath Primary, Cedarwood School and Gorseland School all participated in a ‘torch relay’ between the three school sites. Dan addressed the students, parents and volunteers before lighting the torch flame and was pleased to see so many families in attendance, along with a host of activities put on by local sports clubs and groups, including dance, cheerleading, football and badminton displays. The event was a huge success and Dan would like to extend his thanks to Janette Newbould and all of the staff and volunteers at all three schools who gave up their time to ensure the day was a success.


23 MAY 2012

Dr Dan holds another successful Business Breakfast event in Hoxne

Dr Dan answers questions from local businesses at his most recent Business Breakfast at the Swan Inn, Hoxne Last week, Dan held his latest Business Breakfast event at the Swan Inn pub in Hoxne, where he had the opportunity to meet with a number of Suffolk’s businesses and to speak about what he is doing in Parliament to support our local businesses.

Dan answered questions on a number of issues, ranging from the Government’s plans to introduce a basic state pension worth around £140 per week for every pensioner, to the impact of the Localism Act for Suffolk’s rural communities and the steps that are being taken to boost economic growth and support small businesses in Suffolk. He also spoke about the recent fall in unemployment in Suffolk and the continued success of our local manufacturers, along with the rise in the number of apprenticeship places available in Suffolk, which increased between 2009/10 to 2010/11 from 3,710 to 5,080.

Dan always greatly values his meetings with local businesses and values the opportunity to hear their feedback. Small and medium sized businesses form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, which is why it is so important to ensure they are properly supported. Dan will continue to do all he can in Parliament to ensure that all of our local businesses have the necessary support from Government to go from strength to strength in the weeks and months ahead.


14 MAY 2012

MP CONCERNED WITH AMBULANCE SERVICE STAFF SURVEY RESPONSES

Dr Dan PoulterDr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has expressed his concern at the results of an NHS staff survey conducted for the East of England Ambulance Service, which shows that the trust is performing worse in a number of areas when compared with other ambulance trusts.

The response to the survey follow calls by Dr Poulter for urgent action to be taken by ambulance chiefs to support frontline Suffolk’s paramedics after disappointing figures were recently released, which showed that ambulances arrived late to nearly half of all immediately life-threatening emergencies in parts of rural Suffolk.

When broken down by occupational groups within the trust, the survey also reveals marked differences in responses between managers and frontline paramedics. For example, 64% of managers reported good communication between senior management and staff, whereas only 4% of paramedics responded in the same way.

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14 MAY 2012

A Strong Future for Ipswich Hospital, My Vision

Dr Dan outside Ipswich Hospital Dr Poulter has written about his vision for the future of our much-loved local hospital, following the resignation of Chief Executive Andrew Reed. You can read the full two-page Ipswich Star article, where Dan sets out the reasons to be proud of our local hospital, before addressing the big challenges that lie ahead, here'.


11 MAY 2012

Dr Dan attends the Cotton Art Show at St Andrews Church

Dr Dan chats with residents at the Cotton Art Show at St Andrews ChurchDan spends much of his time visiting local groups and attending community events when he is in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for him to support the Cotton Art Show at St Andrews Church over the Spring Bank Holiday. The annual event is organised by Alan Couldridge and the Friends of Cotton Church, and features exhibits by a number of local artists, sculptors, ceramicists, printmakers and photographers.

The Friends of Cotton Church is a charity that was set up by local villagers in 1995 with the aim of raising money towards the upkeep and preservation of St Andrews Church. Social and cultural events such as the Cotton Art Show are used to raise money for the church. Dan enjoyed chatting to local residents and viewing the items on display, and he would like to thank Alan Couldridge along with Judith Hamp and all of those who helped to set up such an excellent exhibition.


11 MAY 2012

Dr Dan supports the annual Mendlesham Steet Fair

Dr Dan meets with a local stallholder at the Mendlesham Street FairDan 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.

Events like the Mendlesham Street Fair demonstrate the strong community ties that underpin our rural villages and towns, and it was a pleasure for Dan to chat to local residents as he made his way round the various activities and stalls. He would like to thank Val Remington-Hobbs for showing him around the street fair, and very much looks forward to attending again next year.


10 MAY 2012

Dr Dan holds Q & A with Westbourne Sports College students

Dr Dan with members of the student council at Westbourne Sports College, following his Question and Answer session. Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk’s young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week Dan visited Westbourne Sports College and spoke with Head Teacher Chris Edwards, before holding a lively Question and Answer session with students from the School Council. A number of topics were covered during his session with the Westbourne College students, including his work as both an MP and an NHS hospital doctor, whilst he was also asked about the opportunities that are available for young people in Ipswich and Suffolk. He outlined the action he has been taking to improve opportunities for young people in Ipswich by helping to secure funding for improvements at Whitton United Football Club, which is now a real focal point of the local community in North-West Ipswich. It was an enjoyable session and all of the students were a real credit to their teacher, Ashley Hailstone.

Since being elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has worked closely with Head Teacher Chris Edwards to fight for much-needed funding from Suffolk County Council for vital building improvements at Westbourne. For years, the buildings at Westbourne have not been fit for purpose. Although still awaiting the official announcement, Dan is delighted to have helped gain funding for a purpose built ‘new build’ kitchen and dining facilities as well as social spaces for students and some additional car parking at the school. The council has also committed to funding essential refurbishment works at the school over the next three years. Modern buildings fit for the 21st century are the very least that the hard working teachers and students at Westbourne Sports College deserve, and Dan looks forward to following the school’s progress in the months ahead.


10 MAY 2012

Dr Dan supports launch of Worlingworth's first history book

Dr Dan speaks at the launch of WorlingworthDan was recently delighted to show his support for the launch of Worlingworth's first history book, ‘Worlingworth – Past and Present’, by Rosemary Ingate and Geoff Robinson at the Community Centre. The book charts the history of Worlingworth, containing images from 1870 to the present day, and highlights the strong agricultural base that underpins many of our rural communities in Suffolk.

It was a real pleasure for Dan to see so many young people taking a keen interest in the Village Record and photos of their grandparents and great-grandparents that were on display at the launch. Our rural communities form a vital part of our heritage in Suffolk, and Dan now proudly has a copy of this book both at his home in Suffolk and in his Parliamentary office to inspire his work as your local MP and to remind colleagues in London that good government is also about looking after our countryside and rural areas in Suffolk like Worlingworth.


10 MAY 2012

Dr Dan takes part in Kesgrave 5K Fun Run in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice

Dr Dan poses for the camera after successfully completing the Kesgrave 4k Fun Run The Spring Bank Holiday weekend gave Dan the opportunity to spend time in Suffolk visiting local community groups and events, and it was a pleasure for him to take part in this year’s Kesgrave 5k Fun Run, where he finished within the top 40 runners. It is the third time he has participated in this popular event and he is always impressed by the number of residents, of all ages, who come together to take part in the run. This year, in spite of the bad weather, 329 entrants of all abilities ran, with the proceeds raised going towards St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and the Kesgrave Music Festival.

Dan is a great supporter of St Elizabeth Hospice, which plays a vital role in caring for people with progressive illnesses in Ipswich and Suffolk. The single biggest challenge facing our health service in Suffolk is meeting the human and financial cost of better looking after our growing number of people at end of their lives and hospices like St Elizabeth, which rely on charitable donations to carry out their work, support vulnerable older people in their own homes and communities by providing a valuable ‘hospice at home’ service. All the staff and volunteers at the hospice work tirelessly to look after residents towards the end of their lives and Dan would like to pay tribute to their efforts. He would also like to extend his thanks to Debbie McCallum, landlady of the Kesgrave Bell, and the organising committee of the Kesgrave Fun Run, along with all those who took part and helped raise money for a very worthy cause.


08 MAY 2012

MP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST EUROPEAN WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE IN THE NHS

Dr Dan outside Ipswich Hospital Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has called for European Union-imposed working time restrictions to be lifted on doctors’ working hours to protect patient care, allow junior doctors enough time to train, and to save money in the NHS.

In a well-attended debate in Parliament, Dr Poulter, who is a trained NHS hospital doctor, spoke about the damaging impact of the directive on the continuity of patient care and the high costs to NHS hospital of employing locum doctors, who are needed to cover gaps in NHS shift rotas as a result of the shortfall in the number of hours contracted doctors can now work.

The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) is part of the EU health and safety legislation which lays down requirements in relation to working hours, arrangements for night workers, rest periods and annual leave. Since August 2009, all NHS doctors and nurses have been required not to work over 48 hours a week unless they opt-out of the these restrictions voluntarily.

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08 MAY 2012

MP WELCOMES GOVERNMENT SCHEME TO BOOST YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN SUFFOLK

Dr Dan Poulter MP with college Principal, Philip Winfield Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has welcomed Government plans that encourage small businesses to take on young people as apprentices through a new incentive scheme. As part of the recently announced Youth Contract, local firms in Ipswich and Suffolk will be offered cash incentives of up to £1,500 to take on new 18 – 24-year-old as apprentices.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme provides support to small-medium sized businesses with less than 250 employees. This scheme has been made simple for businesses and the amount is more than enough to cover an employer’s National Insurance contributions for employing a young person for a year.

Details of the employers incentive scheme come on the back of encouraging results in a recently published survey carried out by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which found that local manufacturing firms in Suffolk are doing well and taking on more staff. Unemployment has also been falling in Suffolk since December 2011 and fell by 10,000 in March across the East of England.

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01 MAY 2012

Dr Dan fights on behalf of local residents for A12 Four Villages Bypass

Dr Dan with residents campaigning for a new A12 Four Villages bypassDr Dan continued his campaign for a new A12 Bypass to be built for the villages of Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Little Glemham and Marlesford at a productive meeting with Suffolk MP colleague Therese Coffey, local councillors and residents.

Since the first proposed bypass was deferred in 1996, traffic levels have increased and the A12 through the four villages currently now has more than 18,000 vehicles travelling along it every day. This has made the current Ipswich-to-Lowestoft main road more dangerous, whilst at times badly affecting the quality of life for local residents. The proposed construction of a new nuclear power plant by EDF Energy at Sizewell could now provide a valuable opportunity to secure the level of funding required to deliver a much-needed by-pass for four A12 villages along with other road improvements and community infrastructure benefits. The preferred route of a bypass would be from the Wickham Market bypass to the Friday Street junction at Benhall, cutting out the notorious bend at Farnham.

Building a new bypass for the four villages will not only enhance the quality of life for residents in Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Little Glemham and Marlesford, but will also bring benefits for many local communities and improve the Suffolk economy, and Dan will working hard alongside his Suffolk MP colleagues to deliver this vital project.


01 MAY 2012

Dr Dan enjoys another successful Meet your MP event in Barking

Dr Dan answers questions from an audience of local residents at Barking Village HallDr Dan was delighted to visit Barking Village Hall for the annual parish meeting, where he discussed a number of issues with the residents, such as the Government’s support for faster broadband in rural areas, his work in Parliament to support farming, and the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing ageing population in Suffolk. Since being elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010 Dan’s main priority has been to meet with residents from all parts of his constituency in order to hear their views and help with their problems as well as update them on the work he is doing in both in the constituency and in Westminster.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to meet with residents directly, and to hear their views as well as to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. He would like to extend his thanks to Parish Clerk Rosemary Cochrane for helping to organise the event, along with the Chair of Barking Parish Council, Cllr Michael Smith and all of those who attended. He looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.


01 MAY 2012

SUFFOLK MPS DEMAND IMPROVEMENTS ON AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES IN RURAL SUFFOLK

Dr Dan with members of the East Anglian Air Ambulance crew during his recent trip aboard the Anglia One helicopter (Please note: Photographs courtesy of Paul Nixon Photography, Ipswich (01473 430707).

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, and Peter Aldous, Member of Parliament for Waveney, have called for urgent action to be taken to improve ambulance response times in Suffolk, after recently published figures showed that many residents in Suffolk are still being forced to wait longer than the 8 minute target time for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of an emergency.

The MPs’ joint call comes after assurances were given by the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust last year that steps would be taken to improve ambulance response times in rural areas of Suffolk.

The latest figures, which cover the period between December 2011 to March 2012, show that;

• In Framlingham, 27% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Mendham, 35% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Debenham, 35% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Stradbroke, 31% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Eye, 30% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Bungay, 26% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

• In Beccles, 53% of emergencies were responded to within the 8 minute target time.

Ambulance services are required to respond to 75% of all category A (immediately life-threatening) patients within 8 minutes and, where needed, to provide transport to these calls within 19 minutes.

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30 APR 2012

MP WELCOMES CHANGES TO PLANNING REFORMS TO PROTECT SUFFOLK COUNTRYSIDE

Dr Dan discusses concerns over Ipswich Borough Council

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has welcomed changes to the Government’s planning laws which will mean that former industrial sites (or brownfield areas) and town centres will be developed before building on the open countryside.

Speaking in an important debate in the House of Commons last week on the Government’s planning reforms, Dr Poulter welcomed the simplification of planning rules and the focus on sustainable development contained in the revised National Planning Policy Framework.

 

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26 APR 2012

MP CALLS ON IPSWICH HOSPITAL TO REPLACE SPECIALIST MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS NURSE

Dr Dan outside Ipswich Hospital

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has called on hospital managers to recruit for a vital community specialist nurse post at Ipswich Hospital. The hospital cut the frontline Multiple Sclerosis Nurse post in September 2011 and the position has remained vacant for the past six months.

Dr Poulter has also urged hospital bosses to ensure that key stakeholders, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, are properly consulted as part of plans to develop a jointly funded specialist nurse post with the Suffolk Primary Care Trust.

Ipswich Hospital recently carried out a review of the specialist Multiple Sclerosis post and found the position to be of great importance, particularly as a way of supporting Multiple Sclerosis patients in their own homes and communities, thereby preventing inappropriate hospital admissions. The hospital is now in the process of developing a new jointly funded specialist post with the Primary Care Trust, as part of wider plans to deliver a new model of integrated care that provides better care in the community for MS patients.

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26 APR 2012

Dr Dan supports the Alde Valley Spring Festival

Dr Dan with Councillor Matthew Hicks at the Alde Valley Spring FestivalDr Dan recently visited the opening of the Alde Valley Spring Festival. This year’s four week festival featured an array of activities and events, from the many food events showcasing Suffolk’s local food producers to the nature walks around the beautiful scenery of the Alde Valley. The Festival venue, White House Farm, is a working sheep farm with ewes and lambs and is set in the wooded countryside of the Upper Alde Valley. Dan was delighted to spend some time meeting with local residents and would like extend his thanks to Caroline Gathorne-Hardy for showing him around the Festival. He very much looks forward to attending again next year.


26 APR 2012

Dr Dan meets with the Northern Fringe Protection Group

Dr Dan discusses concerns over Ipswich Borough CouncilDr Dan recently met with members of the Northern Fringe Protection Group, to discuss their ongoing concerns about Labour-led Ipswich Borough Council’s plans for the Northern Fringe mass housing development of up to 15,000 houses and flats over the precious Green Belt land to the north of Ipswich.

Dan’s position on the Northern Fringe has always been clear – Ipswich needs redevelopment and housing in the town centre, with all the economic benefits that will bring to the town, not mass development on the precious Green Belt land in the north of the borough. Although Dan is in favour of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Ipswich and Suffolk for young people and families so that they can continue living and working locally, he believes this should always be done in a careful way by building first on brownfield sites. It has been done very well in areas such as Framlingham, Great Blakenham and Stowmarket, where local people are being supported onto the housing ladder with development that is being carefully managed and is sensitive to local needs. Before any new homes are built, Dan believes it is vital that the correct infrastructure in terms of jobs, schools and hospitals is in place to support new homes and communities.

Dan will continue to fight alongside the Northern Fringe Protection Group against this inappropriate development plan, and hopes that Ipswich Borough Council listens to the views of its residents going forward.


26 APR 2012

Dr Dan supports the Thorndon Marmalade Festival

Dr Dan at the Stonham Hedgerow jams stand at the Suffolk Marmalade Festival in ThorndonDan recently visited the Suffolk Marmalade Festival at the All Saints Church in Thorndon. The Marmalade Festival was well-attended by families and people of all ages, and a host of activities, stalls and competitions ensured that there was plenty to see for everyone. Residents were invited to send in their homemade marmalades, which were judged by members of the Suffolk Women’s Institute. Students from Thornden School performed the Maypole dance, whilst the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team and the Eye Karate & Fitness Club Display Team also kept guests entertained during the course of the afternoon.

Dan was delighted to stop and chat to so many local people, and is always impressed by the strong sense of community that is a feature of events such as the Marmalade Festival. Dan is an active supporter of the East of England Air Ambulance and much of the proceeds raised on the day will go towards to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which plays an invaluable role, particularly in our rural areas, in supporting the NHS in life threatening emergencies by air lifting people to hospital. Dan would like to extend his thanks to Rosemary Jones, who showed him around the festival, and very much looks forward to attending again next year


26 APR 2012

Dr Dan enjoys another successful Meet your MP event in Parham

Dr Dan chats to local residents at his latest Meet Your MP event in ParhamDr Dan was delighted to visit Parham village hall, where he spent time chatting to residents about a number of issues, such as the Government’s support for faster broadband in rural areas, his work in Parliament to support farming, and the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing ageing population in Suffolk. Since being elected as MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2010 Dan’s main priority has been to meet with residents from all parts of his constituency in order to hear their views and help with their problems as well as update them on the work he is doing in both in the constituency and in Westminster.

Dan always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents directly, and to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. He would like to extend his thanks to Glen Rae, Vice Chair of Parham Parish Council, for helping to organise the event, along with all of those who attended, and looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.


26 APR 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham

Dr Dan outside Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in FramlinghamDan always enjoys meeting with Suffolk’s teachers, governors and young people. Last week, he visited Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Framlingham, where he met with Head Teacher Helen Picton and Chair of Governors Reverend Graham Owen, who together showed him around the school.

Dan spoke to a number of staff members and students during his tour of the school, before stopping to watch some of the reception pupils who were performing in the afternoon assembly. He also discussed the challenges facing the school with Head Teacher Helen Picton, and how any future local housing development is likely to affect school pupil admission numbers. The school was given a glowing Ofsted report in its most recent inspection, and has gone from strength to strength under Head Teacher Helen Picton’s leadership. The pupils were a real credit to their teachers, and Dan very much looks forward to visiting Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School as part of their Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the summer.


26 APR 2012

Dr Dan opposes more overhead pylons in the Waveney Valley

Dr Dan speaks at a meeting with residents in Mendham on the National GridLast week, Dr Dan spoke at a productive meeting with residents in Mendham on the National Grid’s proposals for a pylon network in the Waveney Valley. Tentative plans have been drawn up by the National Grid which include options for substations to be built at Bramford, Norwich and Lowestoft, to connect up the proposed East Anglia Offshore Wind (EAOW) farm, which will provide electricity for up to 5 million homes.

Dan has always made clear his strong opposition to any more overground electricity pylons being installed in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The Waveney Valley is an area of unspoilt beauty and is being promoted as a key tourist destination for Suffolk and Norfolk. Although Dan is delighted that the Government is backing Suffolk as a nationally recognised leader in developing the green economy, which will deliver 5,000 local jobs for people across the county, it would be a contradiction in terms if further developing Suffolk’s status as one of the greenest counties meant imposing a network of large pylons in the Waveney Valley. Dan believes that any new power cables must be buried underground or placed offshore as a matter of principle.

He would like to thank James Johnston, Vice-Chairman of Mendham Parish Council for chairing the meeting, along with all of those who attended, and he will be working with fellow MP Peter Aldous to lobby Ministers against National Grid’s proposals in the weeks and months ahead.


17 APR 2012

Dr Dan attends opening of new homes sales and lettings office in Ipswich

Dr Dan with Cllr Robin Vickery and Paul West,of Paul West Sales and Lettings,at the opening of new office at Dale Hall Lane, Ipswich Local businesses play a key role in our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, investing in our communities, driving growth and providing jobs for local people. Dan is always keen to hear of local businesses success stories, and he was delighted to visit Dale Hall Lane for the opening of a new office at Paul West Sales and Lettings, an independent estate and residential letting agent based in Ipswich. Paul West set up his business 12 years ago, and expanded it to offer estate agency services in 2010. The business has continued to go from strength to strength and Dan would like to congratulate Paul and his staff for their continued hard work and wishes them every success in the future.


16 APR 2012

Dr Dan holds Meet Your MP event in Coddenham

Dr Dan fields questions from a local audience at his Coddenham Meet Your MP event. Dr Dan recently attended the Coddenham Parish Council annual meeting, which was followed by an informative Question and Answer session with local residents. Unscripted questions were put to Dan on a number of issues, both local and national. Among some of the main topics of interest was his recent trip aboard the East Anglian Air Ambulance and his subsequent letter to the Health Secretary, signed by most of the East Anglian MPs, calling for a permanent helipad to be established Addenbrooke’s Hospital, so that the air ambulance can continue to play a full part in the rapid treatment of severely injured patients. He also discussed the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to care for our growing ageing population in Suffolk, along with the Government’s planning reforms. Dan always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents directly, and to hear their views as well as update them on the work he is doing as your MP and he would like to thank all of those who attended on the evening.


06 APR 2012

LOCAL MP OPENS INNOVATIVE NEW PHARMACY IN IPSWICH

Dr Dan with medical staff at the Chesterfield Drive Surgery for the opening of the new Wellbeing Pharmacy

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, last week opened a brand new community pharmacy based at the Chesterfield Drive GP surgery in North-West Ipswich.

The new Wellbeing Pharmacy at Chesterfield Drive Surgery enables residents to purchase over the counter medicines and to pick up NHS prescriptions from early in the morning to late at night, 7 days a week. The friendly and helpful staff give professional assistance to people about their medicines and advice on how to live healthier lives.

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05 APR 2012

Dr Dan bids a fond farewell to outgoing Debenham High School Head Teacher Mike Crawshaw

Dr Dan with outgoing Debenham High School Headteacher Mike CrawshawIt was a real privilege for Dan to visit Debenham High School to bid farewell to longstanding Head Teacher Mike Crawshaw, who has decided to retire after 23 years of service at the school. Under Mike’s leadership, Debenham High School has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highest performing schools in Suffolk, achieving the rare feat of being rated ‘outstanding’ in every category in its latest Ofsted report in 2008. In January 2011 Debenham became an academy, which provides it with greater financial independence and flexibility regarding its curriculum. Mike has been a tremendous public servant over the past 38 years, and Dan has seen at firsthand during his many visits to the school how he has served as a real inspiration to all of his pupils. Dan would like to thank Mike for his enormous contribution to young peoples’ lives in Suffolk over the years, and wishes him every success in the future. He would also like to welcome his successor, Julia Upton, to the school and very much looks forward to working with her in the weeks and months ahead.


05 APR 2012

Dr Dan participates in ceremony to mark start of work on the Beccles Loop

Dr Dan with fellow Suffolk MP Peter Aldous and Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee mark the start of work at the new Beccles Loop 1Having a high-quality, reliable railway service in place in East Suffolk is vital for our county’s economy. Dan recently attended a ceremony at Beccles railway station to mark the beginning of work on the Beccles Loop scheme, which will enable an hourly service to run between Lowestoft and Ipswich, as well as a more regular service to market towns on the East Suffolk Line such as Halesworth from December. Currently, train services between Ipswich and Lowestoft run every two hours. The £4 million project has been jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council and will bring a disused platform back into use at Beccles station as part of long term plans to resignal the East Suffolk Line. Along with his fellow Suffolk MPs Peter Aldous and Therese Coffey, and Suffolk County Council Leader Mark Bee, Dan has worked for some time to secure funding for this important rail improvement project, which will bring many benefits for local commuters, businesses and the wider Suffolk economy.


05 APR 2012

Dr Dan presents Gold Standards Award to Foxearth Lodge Nursing Home

Dr Dan with James Cantrell and staff at the Foxearth Lodge Nursing Home to present the Gold Standards AwardDan regularly writes about how the single biggest challenge facing Suffolk is properly caring for our growing older population. Our care homes have a vital role to play in meeting this challenge and Dan was recently delighted to visit Foxearth Lodge Nursing Home in Saxtead to present staff with the Gold Standards Framework Care Homes Accreditation Award, which recognises the achievement of high quality care for people nearing the final years of life. The award, which is open to all 20,724 care homes in Britain has only been achieved by 288 to date. Foxearth Lodge is 1 of only 65 care homes to have received the award at ‘Beacon Status’, the highest grade possible. The Gold Standards Framework award is a mark of excellence and Dan would like to pay tribute to the hard work and effort that James and Hayley Cantrell, along with all their staff, have put in to achieve this remarkable award.


05 APR 2012

Dr Dan drops in at the Eye's Wide Open community event in Eye

Dr Dan drops in at the Laurels Farm Butchers in EyeLocal community groups, volunteers and businesses form the lifeblood of our local communities in Suffolk, and it was a pleasure for Dan to visit Eye recently for its ‘Eye’s Wide Open’ day, which brings together a range of groups to showcase the very best of the town. Dan popped into see Steven Harmer at the English and Continental Antiques store, which was running an antiques roadshow-style event by offering to do valuations for any items brought in the town centre on the day. He also had a chance to see some of the activities taking place inside the Town Hall, before heading over to Laurels Farm Butchers. Most of the food at the Laurels Farm Butchers is sourced from local farmers, including the pork which comes from pigs reared in nearby Athelington.

Dan believes it is important to support our local farmers, businesses and community groups in Suffolk, and the Eye’s Wide Open event showed Eye town at its very best. He would like to thank the outgoing Eye Town Mayor Felix Williams for his service and commitment to the town over recent years and wish his successor every success in the new role.


04 APR 2012

LOCAL MP FIGHTS FOR FUTURE OF EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE

Dr Dan takes letter on the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service to the Department of Health with Peter Aldous MP

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, presented a letter on the future of the East Anglian Air Ambulance to the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley earlier this week along with his fellow Suffolk MP Peter Aldous.

Following his day spent aboard a helicopter of the East of England Air Ambulance Service on Thursday 29th March, Dr Poulter has written to the Health Secretary in a letter signed by most East Anglian MPs to raise his concerns about the future of the Air Ambulance in light of the East of England major trauma system review proposals.

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28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan takes part in Guardian debate on the vital role of fathers during pregnancy and childbirth

Dr Dan PoulterDr Dan recently took part in a roundtable debate organised by the Guardian, which addressed the vital role of fathers in pregnancy, birth and childhood. You can read a report of the debate in full here.


28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan meets with clinical staff at the Diabetes Centre at Ipswich Hospital

Dr Dan outside the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at Ipswich Hospital Dr Dan recently met with specialist consultants and nurses at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at Ipswich Hospital. The Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, which has been highly commended in the national team of the year awards, offers specialist care in both Diabetes and Endocrinology, and was the first specialist centre built in the UK, back in 1985. The Specialist Diabetes Team at Ipswich include Diabetologists, Specialist Diabetes Nurses and a Specialist Dietitian. Dan was given a tour of the specialist unit by lead consultant Dr Rayman, before he spoke with members of the clinical team about the vital work they carry out looking after people with diabetes in Ipswich and Suffolk. Dan was also encouraged to hear the strong support expressed by the consultants for better integrated health and preventative care services in Suffolk. Ipswich Hospital is very lucky to have this specialist centre which helps so many people with diabetes within a caring and supportive environment.

It was a real pleasure for Dan to talk with Dr Rayman and his team and he looks forward to using his knowledge of the NHS both locally and nationally to continue supporting their excellent work.


28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan hears concerns of local farmers at his latest farmers breakfast meeting

Dr Dan speaks with a local farmer at his latest farmers breakfast meeting in Needham MarketDr Dan held his latest regular farmers breakfast meeting in Needham Market with local farmers from the Ipswich and Stowmarket branch of the National Farmers Union, and used the meeting to update them on the work he has been doing in Parliament to lead on issues surrounding abattoir inspection costs and rural broadband.

A number of other topics were put to Dan by the local farmers, including the cost and availability of high quality diesel for agricultural machinery and the impact of the Government’s recent Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consultation. Dan also heard the views of local poultry processors, who expressed their concerns about the level of compliance by European Union countries with the battery cage ban on egg-laying hens. Dan is currently pushing for a debate in Parliament on this important issue.

Farming plays a key role in our local economy and Dan remains committed to championing Suffolk’s strong agricultural sector. He has already raised the challenges facing local pig and dairy farmers in Parliament, and will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s farmers and local food and drink producers by taking forward the concerns raised at his latest farmers breakfast meeting to Government Ministers.


28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan takes part in the Otley Village Mile

Dr Dan joins Ipswich Town FC and England legend Mick Mills and residents at the Otley Mile charity runDr Dan was delighted to take part in this year’s Otley Village Mile, and even more pleased to finish in third place in the 6 mile race amongst a field of roughly 40 competitors. The mile was held as part of a nationally coordinated event, which saw communities across the country stage similar races, with all of the proceeds raised going to good causes supported by Sport Relief. It was a real pleasure for Dan to start the race with Ipswich Town FC and England legend Mick Mills, who, as a fellow runner reminded Dan, still holds the holds the Ipswich record for the most number of appearances, having played 741 games for the club.


As well as the charity run, a number of other activities and fundraising stalls for all the family were also on offer around the village. The day was a huge success, with many local residents attending to show their support for a very worthy cause. Dan would like to thank Otley Village Stores manager Penny Sunaway for the time and effort she put in, along with other local volunteers, to make sure that the event ran smoothly, and he very much looks forward to participating again next year.


28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan presents medals to young footballers at the Friday Night Project in Whitton

Dr Dan presents young players from the Whitton Friday Night Fooball Project with medals after their victory against Chantry in a special challenege matchLast week, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to Whitton United as guest of honour for the challenge match between the Friday Night Projects of Whitton and Chantry. The Friday Night Project was set up in 2011 to provide young people with an activity during the evening and to prevent them from gathering on street corners or getting caught up in potential anti-social behaviour. By bringing together the North-West local safer neighbourhood team, Ipswich Borough Council and the Suffolk FA, the initiative gives young people the opportunity to access free football in a safe and friendly environment, whilst also enabling the police to engage constructively with the players. The Friday Night Football Project at Whitton has proved enormously successful since its inception in 2011, and serves as a shining example of the positive impact grassroots football can have for local young people in North-West Ipswich. The Whitton team won 6-3 on the night, emphatically easing past Chantry during an enjoyable 90 minutes of football.

Dr Dan is a great supporter of Whitton United FC, which provides a vital community facility in North-West Ipswich, and has regularly helped the club to raise money, not least by securing important lottery grants for the club. Lucky Singh and the staff at Whitton United work tirelessly to look after and coach players of all ages, and the club also serves as a focal part of the local community. The Friday Night Football Project would not have been possible without the support of Ipswich Borough Councillor Robin Vickery, who has generously funded part of the initiative. Dan would also like to congratulate Lucky Singh of Whitton United and everyone involved in the Friday Night Project, and looks forward to doing all he can to support the club in the future.


28 MAR 2012

Dr Dan visits local business as special guest for its 25th anniversary celebration

Dr Dan joins the 25th anniversary celebrations with Neil Dooley and Simon Rumble, co-owners and directors of Dooley RumbleDr Dan was delighted to visit local business Dooley Rumble as guest of honour for its 25th anniversary celebrations last week. Neil Dooley and Simon Rumble, co-owners and directors of Dooley Rumble, invited a host of local clients, friends and supporters to join them in raising a celebratory glass of champagne to reminisce over the early days and celebrate the company’s ongoing success.

Dan was given a tour of the business and met with some of the 46 staff employed at the firm, which has grown substantially since 1987, and now occupies three sites on the Claydon Business Park Industrial estate. It is now based in a £1.5million purpose-built office and warehousing complex and the business includes warehousing with a capacity for 7,500 pallet spaces, an Enhanced Remote Transit Shed warehouse, a picking and packing operation, a fleet of HGVs, CPC driver training and a large export case making workshop. The freight forwarding business now has customers from around the world, and handles all types of cargo and exports.

Local businesses of all sizes form the backbone of our local economy in Suffolk, employing local people and driving economic growth in our county. In spite of the challenging economic climate, many of our businesses, like Dooley Rumble, have continued to succeed. Dan will always do all he can in Parliament to support the interests of our local businesses so that they can keep investing in our communities and creating local jobs for people in Suffolk. He would like to congratulate Simon Rumble and Neil Dooley on reaching this significant milestone, and wishes them every success in the future.

 

(Photographs courtesy of Paul Nixon Photography, Ipswich (01473 430707) )


22 MAR 2012

Dr Dan presents awards to volunteers at the Wickham Market Community Training Project

Dr Dan Poulter with the Wickham Market Community Training Project volunteers following the award ceremony Dan has written before about the challenges facing Ipswich and Suffolk in terms of properly caring for our growing ageing population, which will require better coordinated thinking between local social services and NHS care providers to deliver more community-focussed healthcare. Our local community groups and carers already play such a vital role in looking after our elderly people, and it was a real pleasure for him to be invited to present certificates to volunteers in Wickham Market who have completed their training for a new local initiative that aims to provide a pool of trained, accredited and insured volunteer carers. The Wickham Market Community Training Project is a local community led initiative that offers a comprehensive Care Skills training programme to enable volunteers to provide short-term respite care for local family carers when they need a break from their care duties. From Easter, the project will be able to provide up to 100 hours per month of trained, CRB checked, insured and supervised care to provide respite for family carers.

Dan would like to congratulate Pam Bell and all the local volunteers who have successfully completed 56 hours of training, and looks forward to following the progress of this great community scheme in the weeks and months ahead.


20 MAR 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Helmingham Community Primary School

Dr Dan chats to pupils at Helmingham Primary SchoolDan always enjoys meeting with Suffolk’s teachers, governors and young people and last week, he visited Helmingham Community Primary School where he met with Head Teacher Bernie Cleland, who showed him around the small rural school. He also listened to student members of the School Council, who asked him about life as both a doctor and an MP and shared with Dan their ideas about how to improve the school.

It is a great pleasure for Dan to listen to young people in our local schools, who always talk with such enthusiasm during the question and answer sessions. Helmingham Primary School was established in 1853 by the Tollemache Family of Helmingham Hall and has 68 pupils on its roll, between the ages of 5 and 11. Mrs Cleland and her team are now planning an extension to provide more classroom space, which will provide a better learning environment for the pupils at Helmingham. The pupils were a real credit to their teachers, and Dan very much looks forward to visiting Helmingham Primary School again in future.


20 MAR 2012

Dr Dan pays visit to the 2 Fields Farm in Framsden

Dr Dan with Jeannie Buckingham at the 2 Fields Farm Project in FramsdenAs a doctor with several years of experience working in the NHS, Dan has always been aware of the importance an individual’s mental health has upon their broader physical wellbeing. Last week, he visited the 2 Fields Farm near Debenham, which is a growing project that will promote sustainable living and support more vulnerable local people in our communities by enabling them to carry out activities such as vegetable growing and caring for livestock within a structured routine. Jeannie Buckingham, who runs the 2 Fields Farm, spoke to Dan about her plans to develop the farm, which will include the rebuilding of a timber frame barn, fruit tree planting and the creation of a sustainable forest garden spread over 2 acres of woodland.

Care farms use agricultural and farm-related activities to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, such as those with mental health problems, to improve their health and wellbeing. Dan has written before about the need to deliver more community-focussed and integrated local healthcare services to look after our growing older population in Suffolk, and farms such as 2 Fields will have a vital role to play in working with GPs, hospitals and local adult Social Services to look after people with dementia and other mental health problems in their own communities in future.


19 MAR 2012

Dr Dan writes about the challenges facing young families in national newspaper article

MP Dan Poulter, right, with Christine and Richard Rowley and their children Lucy, five, and Reiss, fourDr Dan recently spent some time with a young working family, and has written about his experience in the Observer.

You can read Dan's article here, whilst the full feature can be found here.


15 MAR 2012

Dr Dan presents regional Young Writer Competition awards at Heath Primary School

Dr Dan with the two prizewinners of the Young Letter Writing competition, Matthew Gilchrist and Genevieve Melling, and Nigel Cook at Heath Primary School, Kesgrave. Over the past few weeks, Dan has visited a number of schools and met with many young people across the constituency, from Wickham Market Community Primary School to Whitehouse Primary School in North Ipswich. He is extremely proud that we have so many good schools in Ipswich and Suffolk, with teachers and staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed. Last week, Dan was invited to Heath Road Primary School in Kesgrave to present two pupils with Young Letter Writing awards for their outstanding achievement in an annual national competition, sponsored by the Royal Mail.

This year, children aged between 7 and 11 were asked to write about what the Olympics means to them, ahead of this summer’s London Games. The overall winner for the East of England regional heat was Matthew Gilchrist, who beat hundreds of other pupils across East Anglia to pick up the award, whilst Genevieve Melling scooped a Highly Commended certificate for her efforts. Dan would like to extend his warmest congratulations to both pupils on their excellent achievements, and to thank Nigel Cook of the Royal Mail and Head Teacher Susan Bowditch for inviting him to present the awards.


14 MAR 2012

Dr Dan speaks at Better Broadband for Suffolk Conference in Bury St Edmunds

Dr Dan fields questions from the audience at the Suffolk Better Broadband conference in Bury St Edmunds.Helping to deliver a high-speed and reliable broadband service in Suffolk remains one of Dan’s top priorities as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Last week, he participated in a question and answer session at the Suffolk Better Broadband conference in Bury St Edmunds, and used this opportunity to reiterate the importance of making sure that everyone in Suffolk has access to a faster, more reliable broadband service. Fellow Suffolk MPs, councillors and local business leaders were all present at the event, which showcased the strength of support in our county for bringing Suffolk’s internet speeds into the 21st century. The conference also marked the start of a month-long public consultation which gives residents in Suffolk the opportunity to comment on how £21million of public money is being invested in the programme.

The campaign for better broadband in Suffolk has now entered its final month, after which time the contract for delivering a high speed internet service will be awarded and work on installing new broadband cables will begin in earnest. Dan hears time and again during his frequent visits to local businesses, schools and farms across Suffolk, how reliable internet connection speeds are no longer an option but a vital necessity in this day and age. Not only will the roll out of high-speed broadband serve to boost our local economic development by advantaging small businesses and farmers, it will bring enormous benefits to local health services and help improve educational standards across Ipswich and Suffolk. In an age when many people rely on the internet to communicate, bank and shop online, more reliable internet access will improve the everyday lives of people across Suffolk.

Along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, Dan has worked hard to secure over £11.6 million of Government funding for better broadband in Suffolk and knows that an enormous amount of effort has been put in by a number of people and local organisations in Suffolk to reach this point in our bid for better broadband across the county. He would like to commend Suffolk County Council’s leader, Cllr Mark Bee for his leadership in providing the necessary financial commitment from the County Council into this project. Chris Soule, Chairman of the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses and all of our local businesses and community groups also deserve praise for forming a viable business case for high-speed broadband in Suffolk. Dan would encourage as many readers as possible, if you have not already done so, to show the high level of support that we have in Suffolk for faster connection speeds by completing the Better Broadband for Suffolk survey, available from local parish councils and libraries and online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/suffolkBBdemand.


14 MAR 2012

Dr Dan visits residents at Gressland Court, Kesgrave

Dr Dan outside Gressland Court assisted living home  in Kesgrave. It was a real pleasure for Dan to meet and chat with residents over tea at Gressland Court in Kesgrave. Gressland Court is an assisted living home which provides support and care for frail older people who might need help with tasks such as bathing or dressing. Residents are provided with a three course lunch every day if they wish, which is available in the shared lounge and care staff are always on hand to provide personal care. Dan managed to chat to a large number of guests, who shared their concerns with him and asked about the work he is doing on their behalf in Parliament and locally.

Dan has written before about his strong support for homes such as Gressland Court and the vital role they play in caring for our vulnerable elderly residents in Ipswich and Suffolk. They will have an even more important role to fulfil in delivering the type of community-focussed care that will be needed if we are to meet the challenge of properly looking after our growing older population in Suffolk.


06 MAR 2012

Dr Dan takes part in local business meeting in Ipswich

Dr Dan Poulter MP with Suffolk Parliamentary colleagues and local business leaders at Suffolk FSB meeting. Dan has spoken before of how businesses in Suffolk form the lifeblood of our local economy. Last week he attended a meeting of the local Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, to discuss some of the main issues affecting businesses across the county.

A number of key issues were discussed at the meeting, including an update on Suffolk’s plans for the roll-out of high speed broadband across the county by 2015. The contract for delivering high speed broadband in Suffolk goes out to tender later this year, and Dan would encourage as many residents as possible, if you have not already done so, to show your support by filling out the Better Broadband for Suffolk survey, available from local parish councils and local libraries. The importance of properly supporting our local abattoirs in Suffolk was also raised at the meeting and Dan highlighted the work he has been doing to bring these issues concerning the unnecessary regulation of farmers and butchers to the attention of Government Ministers. The meeting was very useful and Dan will continue to fight on behalf of Suffolk’s businesses in the weeks and months ahead in Parliament.


06 MAR 2012

Dr Dan presents Sport England cheque to Valley Farm riding club in Wickham Market

Dr Dan presents Sarah Robertson and her team from Valley Farm Riding and Driving Centre in Wickham Market with Sport England chequeDan was delighted to officially present Valley Farm Riding and Driving Centre in Wickham Market with a £47,975 cheque kindly donated by Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The funding will enable Sarah Robertson and her team to surface indoor arenas, create an outdoor arena and provide a shower and toilet unit suitable for disabled riders at the horse riding centre. Valley Farm is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund.


Prior to presenting the cheque to Sarah Robertson, Dan commended the efforts of the staff and volunteers at Valley Farm, before singling out local Councillor Bryan Hall for praise for his unsung work and support in the local community. Dan recently supported the launch of the Most Active County initiative in Suffolk, which will build on the momentum of this summer’s Olympic Games to inspire more people of all ages to take part in more physical and sporting activity in Suffolk, and is confident that this grant will encourage more local residents of all ages to improve their health and wellbeing by taking advantage of the sporting opportunities that Valley Farm has to offer.


06 MAR 2012

Dr Dan joins pupils at Wickham Market Community Primary School cooking club

Dr Dan is put through his culinary paces by pupils at Wickham Market Community Primary School as part of the Last week, Dan was invited to meet with young students at Wickham Market Community Primary School, who showed him their healthy cooking skills as part of the highly successful ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ initiative. Under the stewardship of Head Teacher Mrs Stanley-Bell and her hardworking staff, pupils at Wickham Market Primary are given the chance to learn how to cook healthy meals during the popular after-school cooking club sessions.

It was a pleasure for Dan to see the pupils enjoying themselves at firsthand as they prepared a range of dishes during his visit. He also heard how the sessions have enabled them to develop vital practical skills, such as weighing, measuring and following instructions, as well as vesting the pupils with greater knowledge and understanding of the sourcing of local food.

Wickham Market Community Primary School continues to go from strength to strength under Mrs Stanley-Bell, and Teaching Assistants Kerri Barker and Sandra Batey have already scooped a national award in recognition of their excellent work with the ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ club. Dan would like to congratulate all of the staff for their ongoing hard work, along with the pupils for their outstanding cooking.


06 MAR 2012

Dr Dan meets with local farming cooperative in Framlingham

Dr Dan with Richard Anscombe, CEO of the AtlasFram Group in FramlinghamLast week, Dan was invited to meet with CEO Richard Anscombe and his staff at the AtlasFram Group in Framlingham. The AtlasFram Group has grown to become one of the largest farmer cooperatives in the UK, and helps to save farmers time and money by pooling together its member’s collective buying power to purchase essential farming products such as fertiliser, seed and fuel as reduced prices. The group was founded over 50 years ago, and has grown to represent the commercial interests of over 1250 farmer Members across the UK.


Dan spoke to Richard and his team about the challenges facing the farming industry, including the difficulties caused by rising fuel prices, whilst he also heard how unreliable broadband speeds have a negative effect on our farming businesses in Suffolk. The importance of encouraging more young people to consider a career in agriculture was stressed, and Dan highlighted the work he is doing in Parliament and with Otley College to improve the quality of agricultural and vocational training available. He was heartened to hear that the AtlasFram Group regularly engages with Thomas Mills High School students to remove some of the myths surrounding a career in agriculture.


Dan would like to thank Chief Executive Richard Anscombe for introducing him to all of the staff, and he will be taking the issues raised at the meeting to Ministers in Parliament to ensure that Suffolk’s farmers continue to thrive.


28 FEB 2012

Dr Dan visits and lends his support to the Ipswich Community Playbus

Dr Dan with Ipswich Playbus Co-ordinator Mandy Potter at Whitehouse, IpswichOur local charities also play a vital role in supporting our young children in Suffolk. Last week, Dan visited the Ipswich Community Playbus, which is a small not-for-profit local charity run by a board of local voluntary trustees, to show his support for the work that Co-ordinator Mandy Potter is doing for young parents and children in communities across Ipswich.

The double-decker bus provides a free service for children under five and their families in Ipswich, and has play facilities on both floors, ranging from a baby area, sandpit, slide and themed home corner. It offers a place for families to come together, meet other parents and children and make new friends in the community. Jenny and her team do a great job and now run eight free sessions in Ipswich, stopping at Whitton, Whitehouse and Rushmere. Like any charity, the community playbus relies on the generosity of local people and organisations for donations, and Dan would urge you to support this excellent service in any way you can.


28 FEB 2012

Dr Dan meets with young people at Whitehouse Community Primary School

Dr Dan with Whitehouse Community Primary School Head Teacher Jackie Frost on his recent visitSince Dan was elected as your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, he has visited most of the schools in his constituency and always enjoy meeting with teachers, governors and pupils. We all share the view that giving young people the best possible start in life is vital for their personal development and essential for our future economy and society, both locally and nationally.

During his regular school visits, Dan sees at firsthand the enthusiasm to learn that our young people show and is always full of admiration for our hardworking teachers and staff, who are prepared to go the extra mile to inspire children to succeed. Every pupil deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and our teachers have a key part to play in transforming our children’s life chances in Ipswich and Suffolk.

Last week Dan visited Whitehouse Community Primary School in Ipswich and met with Head Teacher Jackie Frost, before listening to a small group of students from the School Council about their ideas to improve the school. Under Jacqui Frost’s leadership, Whitehouse Primary School has gone from strength to strength and was recently commended for the high quality of its science teaching. Whitehouse is larger in size than most primary schools, and teaches around 420 local children between the ages of 3 and 11, who then normally move on to Westbourne Sports College nextdoor. It is always a breath of fresh air for Dan to be able to chat to our young people, and the students were a credit to Jacqui and her staff. Dan will be working hard to ensure that our schools in North Ipswich receive their fair share of attention from the Ipswich Borough Council, and looks forward to visiting Whitehouse Primary School again.


28 FEB 2012

Dr Dan backs Government's Health Reforms

Dr Dan on the BBC Daily Politics earlier this monthDr Dan has spent much of the past week communicating the key principles behind the Coalition Government’s healthcare reforms, which will help to improve the delivery of high quality patient care by:

• Ensuring that our NHS always remains a universal and free health service, freely available to everyone.
• Cutting £5 billion worth of unnecessary bureaucracy and waste in the NHS, and ensuring that this money can instead be put into frontline patient care.
• Ensuring that it is healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses), the people who best understand the needs of their patients, who are put in charge of running the NHS
• Supporting greater patient choice and involvement in health care, so that patients are empowered to make informed choices over where, when and how, they are treated by the NHS.
• Taking the first steps towards genuinely integrated health and social care through the establishment of local health and wellbeing boards, which will bring together key organisations (housing, primary care, hospitals and social services care) to improve community health and wellbeing.

Dan believes that there is, and should never be anything controversial about striving to improve the quality of care available to patients and supports the principles of improving NHS patient care which are behind the health and social care bill.


22 FEB 2012

Dr Dan throws support behind Most Active County initiative in Suffolk

Dr Dan in action on the rugby pitch in CardiffAlong with caring properly for our ageing population, one of the big challenges facing Suffolk is to promote healthier lifestyles for everyone. Last week, Dan supported the launch of the The Most Active County initiative in Ipswich, which is a new project that brings together local groups and community organisations to take advantage of the contribution that sport and physical activity can make to improving the health and wellbeing of residents in Ipswich and Suffolk. At the moment, 50 per cent of the adult population in Suffolk do little or no exercise. The cost of treating people with conditions such as obesity and heart disease amount to £12.2 million every year. The Most Active County campaign aims to address these problems by using the momentum of this summer’s Olympic Games to inspire more people of all ages to take part in more physical and sporting activity.

One of the key challenges is to tackle the health inequalities that continue to blight the more economically challenged areas across Suffolk, particularly in Ipswich and Lowestoft. To do this, we will need to actively encourage healthy lifestyles and highlight the dangers associated with smoking, obesity and alcohol misuse. As an NHS hospital doctor, and as someone who has given up free time to support charities for those with drug and alcohol misuse problems, Dan understands better than most the need to promote an active lifestyle and good health. Despite his busy schedule as your local MP, both in Parliament and locally, Dan always makes the time to fit in exercise to benefit his health and wellbeing.

Community sports clubs such as Whitton United are already leading the way in encouraging people of all ages to do more exercise. The Club now coaches and looks after over 250 youngsters, giving them the chance to take part in regular, structured physical activity, which brings many health benefits. Dan is a great support of Whitton United, and has worked with Lucky Singh and the team there to help deliver a new stand and improved function rooms for the club, and is currently working to gain funding from the Football Foundation to enable further improvements to be made at Whitton United.

Dan would like to commend Suffolk County Councillor Kathy Gosling for working so hard to launch the Most Active County project, along with all of the local groups that have agreed to work to together to remove the barriers preventing greater participation in sporting activities in Suffolk. He very much looks forward to playing his part, both locally and in Parliament, to help make Suffolk the most active and healthy county in Britain.


22 FEB 2012

Dr Dan pays visit to the the Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich

Dr Dan with East AngliaLast week, Dan was invited to visit the new Treehouse childrens’ hospice in Ipswich. He is always filled with admiration for the wonderful work of the dedicated staff and volunteers at our hospices in Ipswich and Suffolk. Staff at the Treehouse Hospice not only provide specialist end of life care on site in Ipswich but also provide excellent outreach care for families both at home and in the community.

The Hospice, which is run by the East Anglia Children’s Hospices charity, provides support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families from Suffolk and North Essex, and was recently built after £3 million was raised in a successful public appeal. Thousands of residents, along with many local businesses, community groups and charitable trusts helped to raise the money to enable the facility to be built last year. The state-of-the-art Hospice offers a wide range of advanced facilities for young people with terminal illnesses, including a multi-sensory studio, hydrotherapy pool, music room, play areas, sensory garden, a woodland walk and specialist outdoor play equipment.

Dan would like to extend his warmest congratulations to Chief Executive Graham Butland and the staff, trustees and volunteers who work so tirelessly to care for these young people. He would also like to thank Fundraiser Vanessa Bell, who kindly showed him around the hospice, and looks forward to continuing his support of the Hospice in the weeks and months ahead.


15 FEB 2012

Dr Dan visits Claydon High School for Q & A with students

Dr Dan with year 8 and 11 students from the Welfare Committee at Claydon High SchoolDan regularly meets with young people in Ipswich and Suffolk to hear their views and concerns and it was a pleasure for him to visit Claydon High School last week to talk with a group of students about life as both a doctor and an MP.

He answered questions on a range of issues, ranging from university tuition fees to the economy and local transport concerns. The students also updated him on their road saftey campaign, which aims to prevent accidents occurring for cyclists by raising awareness about cycle safety and making high-visibility clothing and accessories more appealing to a young age group. Under Headteacher Sarah Skinner, Claydon High School has gone from strength to strength and now hosts regular journalism workshops, public speaking competitions and field trips as part of its specialist humanities status.

Dan would like to thank Assistant Headteacher Alison Chilvers for welcoming him to the school, along with all of the students who took part in the question and answer session, land he looks forward to visiting again.


15 FEB 2012

Dr Dan meets with local businesses at his latest Business Breakfast

Dr Dan addresses local business leaders at the Admiral

Last week, Dan held his latest Business Breakfast meeting in Little Bealings, where he had the opportunity to listen to the concerns of some of Suffolk’s entrepreneurs and to speak about what he is doing in Parliament to support local business growth during this challenging economic period.

Dan focussed on a number of topics, and answered questions ranging from business rate relief for small businesses, to the role that supermarkets can play to promote growth in the British economy and ideas to reinvigorate high street shops. One of the biggest concerns Dan hears from local business owners revolves around our infrastructure in Suffolk, and particularly the lack of a high-speed, reliable broadband service, which puts our businesses at an unfair disadvantage to their competitors. In the 21st century, this is something that is unacceptable. Dan set out the work he has been doing to support businesses in Suffolk, and spoke about the Government and Suffolk County Council’s commitment of over £20 million to support the roll out of high speed broadband across Suffolk by 2015, which will allow our businesses to grow and employ more local people.

Dan always takes much away from his meetings with local businesses and values the opportunity to hear their feedback. Businesses of all sizes form the lifeblood of our local economy in Ipswich and Suffolk, which is why it is so important to ensure they are properly supported. He will continue to fight for our local businesses in Parliament to make sure they are not hampered by unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy, but are instead allowed to continue creating jobs, investing in our communities, and driving local economic growth for years to come. Dan would like to thank both Jenna Cox and Steve Britt for organising and chairing the event, along with the staff at the Admiral’s Head in Little Bealings, who kindly hosted the breakfast.


31 JAN 2012

Dr Dan hears concerns of local food industry in Suffolk

a meeting at C  K Meats butchers hosted by Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses on the dangers of over-regulating small businesses in the meat industryLast Friday, Dan attended a meeting at C and K Meats butchers hosted by Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses on the dangers of over-regulating small businesses in the meat industry. A number of business owners and representatives from across the food chain were present, including Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats in Eye along with other small independent butchers and farm shops, used the meeting to voice their concerns about the Food Standard Agency’s proposed rule changes to meat inspections at abattoirs and its new E-coli contamination guidelines for butchers. Under the FSA’s ‘full cost recovery’ plans, all meat producers will be required to pay the full costs of meat inspections which the agency carries out, whilst its new E-coli prevention guidelines are likely to penalise smaller businesses.


Dan would like to thank Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses for chairing the meeting, along with Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats for hosting the event. It is important that Suffolk’s independent food producers and small retailers are not unfairly affected by unnecessary regulation, and he will be working with his Suffolk colleagues to support our food producers in protecting their interests, so that we can continue to enjoy the great variety of locally produced food and drink of which we are all so proud in Suffolk.


31 JAN 2012

Dr Dan visits Gressingham Foods in Debach

Dr Dan with Geoffrey Buchanan at Gressingham Foods

Locally produced food and drink forms a key part of life in Ipswich and Suffolk, bringing enormous benefits to the local economy, communities and the environment. Whilst supermarkets have an important role to play in providing affordable food, Dan knows that residents in Suffolk value the opportunity to support local producers by purchasing food and drink that is from their local area.

Last week, Dan visited Gressingham Foods near Woodbridge, better known for its famous Gressingham Duck, which has grown to become one of Suffolk’s largest food producers, employing over 500 people across both of its factories in Debach and South Norfolk and its farms. Dan was given a tour of the production factory in Debach by Will Kemp, before meeting with Managing Director Geoffrey Buchanan and Chairman Maurice Buchanan. A number of issues affecting the local food industry in Suffolk were discussed, including problems with the Agricultural Buildings Allowance and proposals by the Health and Safety Executive to impose full cost recovery of factory interventions in some circumstances.

 


31 JAN 2012

Dr Dan takes part in Framsden War Memorial Re-dedication Service

The refurbished Framsden War Memorial outside St MaryLast week, Dan saw the very best of Suffolk when he played an active part in the Framsden War Memorial re-dedication service at St Mary’s Church. The war memorial in Framsden, near Debenham, was recently restored to its former glory following its original dedication in 1921 in memory of the young men from Suffolk who laid down their lives during the Great War. Whilst half of the funding for the restoration work of the memorial was provided by the War Memorial Trust, Framsden Parish Council and local residents also pulled together to raise money to contribute to some of the costs. The service was very well attended, and guests present included Colonel Neale Moss OBE of Wattisham Airbase, along with Lord Tollemache and standard bearers from the Royal British Legion.

Dan would like to commend David Whitmore, trustee of the local charity group Framsden Fundraisers, who put in so much hard work along with local residents to organise and pay for the restoration of the monument, which stands as a fitting tribute to the bravery of those men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


26 JAN 2012

LOCAL MP MEETS COLLEGE STAFF AND STUDENTS AND OPENS NEW FACILITY

Dr Dan Poulter MP with college Principal, Philip Winfield

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter recently visited Otley College. He met with Otley’s Principal, Philip Winfield, who urged the government to continue to support further education qualifications. Mr Winfield also talked about the forthcoming National Apprenticeship Week that takes place at the beginning of February, and outlined college plans to have a careers event and a construction competition with schools during this campaign.

After a thirty minute chat with Otley’s Principal, Dr Poulter officially opened a brand new IT facility. The new learning resource centre has state of the art equipment for learners and guarantees a quiet place to study on campus.

He then chatted to some enterprise students about issues affecting them today. The topics that they covered included the economy, transport, employment, Afghanistan, and the new train link from London to Birmingham.

click here to read the full press release...


26 JAN 2012

Local MP supports charity as it calls for urgent action to prevent babies' deaths

Dr Dan with Neal Long, Chief Executive of Sands and Health Minister Anne Milton

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich attended a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Thursday 19th January, organised by Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands), as they launched their new report, Preventing Babies' Deaths: what needs to be done.

6,500 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every year in the UK. The charity's report proposes that 1,200 babies' lives could be saved every year through a combination of more research, better care and greater awareness of the risks of stillbirth and newborn baby death.

Last year, Dr Poulter visited Downing Street as part of a campaign led by the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity to hand in a petition calling on the Government to fund more research into the causes of stillbirths and to discover how improved screening for pregnant women could help to reduce the number of stillbirths in the UK.

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25 JAN 2012

Dr Dan addresses meeting of local doctors and health professionals at Ipswich Hospital

Dr Dan addresses meeting of local doctors and health professionals at Ipswich HospitalLast week, Dan held a meeting with local doctors and medical professionals at Ipswich Hospital, to discuss the future of better integrated healthcare in Suffolk. The audience was made up of local British Medical Association (BMA) and Ipswich and District Clinical Society members. Dan emphasised the importance of breaking down the cultural and financial barriers that exist in health and social care to provide better care in the community and far greater integration between local social services and the NHS, in order to properly look after our growing older population in Suffolk. He spoke of how this lack of integrated care can lead to unnecessary hospital admissions which are both costly to the NHS and distressing for older patients.

Dan also spoke of his concerns following Ipswich Hospital’s decision to drop its bid to become an NHS Foundation Trust, along with the announcement that vascular services are to be lost to Colchester Hospital. He was encouraged to hear how GPs and other health professionals are working together to deliver better community-based commissioning and care in Suffolk. He would like to thank Dr Frank Wells and all of those who attended, and looks forward to taking their suggestions and concerns forward as part of his work on the Health Select Committee.


25 JAN 2012

Dr Dan visits Paddy Geere Care Home in Ipswich

Dr Dan with staff and residents at Paddy Geere Care House in IpswichLast week, Dan visited Paddy Geere House in Ipswich to meet with manager Clare Whight, along with her dedicated staff and residents. Paddy Geere House is a very sheltered housing facility which provides an alternative to residential care homes, allowing residents to live safely within a small community whilst having care and support close by, if needed. Guests at Paddy Geere House are able to retain their independence with their own private flat, whilst also having the option of socialising with other residents during meal times or at the regular communal bingo and quiz nights.

The single biggest challenge facing our health service is how to meet both the human and financial cost of better looking after our vulnerable older people and putting their needs first. It is for this reason that we need to see a more integrated health and social care service that is grounded in local communities within Suffolk, to provide high quality elderly and end of life care, and local facilities such as Paddy Geere House will have a vital role to play in delivering this locally focused, integrated care.


25 JAN 2012

Dr Dan takes part in Fairtrade campaign at Debenham High School

Dr Dan lends a helping hand on the Fairtrade stall at Debenham High SchoolBritain plays a key role in helping the world’s poorest people through its overseas aid commitments and its support for fair and ethical trade in developing countries. It was a pleasure for Dan to visit Debenham High School to give his support to three year 11 students who are raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade as part of their GCSE citizenship project. Dan joined the students at break time to help sell Fairtrade sweets, chocolates and handmade crafts before listening to the three students run a class for year 7 pupils on the benefits of ethically traded foods for farmers and producers in developing countries. Buying Fairtrade-labelled products guarantees that farmers in developing countries are paid a premium on top of the normal market rate for their produce. 

Debenham High School is one of the highest performing schools in Suffolk, and in January 2011 became an academy, which provides it with greater financial independence and flexibility regarding its curriculum. The school has made great progress under Head Teacher Mike Crawshaw, and was rated as ‘outstanding’ in every category in its latest Ofsted report in 2008. Dan would like to thank the students and staff for inviting him to take part in the day’s activities which he very much enjoyed.


25 JAN 2012

Dr Dan drops in at Palgrave Primary School

Dr Dan with the year 5 and 6 pupils at Palgrave CEVC Primary SchoolDan was recently delighted to be invited to visit Palgrave CEVC Primary School. He always enjoys visiting our schools in Suffolk, and to seeing at first hand all the hard work that the staff and pupils put in. Dan sat in on the morning assembly before hosting a question and answer session with some of the school’s year 5 and 6 pupils, where he spoke about life as our MP, and a range of local issues.

Palgrave Primary school is small rural primary school that has around 40 pupils, catering to ages 5-11. In September 2005 Palgrave became federated with Gislingham Primary School and the Federation of Palgrave and Gislingham Primary Schools has existed since then, sharing staff, expertise and other strategic resources. Dan would like to thank Head teacher Andrew Berry and Kit Wells, Chairman of Governors, for inviting him to the school, along with all the pupils for their thoughtful questions. He very much looks forward to visiting again.


18 JAN 2012

Dr Dan addresses Hartismere Hospital League of Friends meeting

Dan at Hartismere Hospital with Cllrs Liz Gibson-Harris and Guy McGregorLast week, Dr Dan attended a meeting with the Friends of Hartismere Hospital Group to discuss the future of Hartismere Community Hospital in Eye. Thanks to Dan’s efforts, the hospital is currently undergoing a £1.5 million refurbishment which is due to be complete in May 2012. As a doctor, Dan knows how local health services such as Hartismere Hospital play a vital role in Suffolk’s rural communities, helping to deliver healthcare in the community. Residents present at the meeting also raised their concerns about future commissioning arrangements for Hartismere, along with plans to provide a new care home at the site. Dan will continue to work with the League of Friends and looks forward to seeing this much needed rural health service grow in the years ahead.


18 JAN 2012

Dr Dan pays visit to Baylham Care Home

Dr Dan joins residents at Baylham Care Home on Christmas DayDr Dan was delighted to visit Baylham Care Home and to meet with Prema Fairburn-Dorai and Adrian Fairburn to discuss the importance of better supporting our older people and those with long-term medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis in Suffolk. Baylham is an innovative high level care home which provides a range of services to its residents, including respite care, long term nursing, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, along with Dementia and holistic End of Life care. Locally sourced fresh home cooked food is also provided to residents as part of their individually tailored care packages at both the Baylham and Barham Care Centres.


Dan discussed the future of the Care Home’s relationship with local hospitals, along with the importance of providing better care in the community for the people of Suffolk. The biggest challenge facing Suffolk is better looking after and properly supporting our growing older population. It is for this reason that we need to see a more integrated health and social care service that is grounded in local communities within Suffolk, to provide high quality elderly and end of life care, and the Baylham Care Centre stands as an outstanding model of how to provide this integrated care.


17 JAN 2012

Dr Dan visits Otley College

Dr Dan with Otley College students following his question & answer sessionDan was pleased to visit Otley College, where he met with college Principal Philip Winfield and Head of Student Services Greer Hill, before being given a tour of the campus followed by a question and answer session with a group of students. Otley College specialises in further and higher education courses in animal care, horticulture and countryside management, and in recent years has expanded by adding a new equine centre, state of the art construction centre, business centre and learning resource centre for learners taking vocational courses.

Dan spoke with the Principal about the proposed full merger of Otley College with Easton College in Norfolk, the Coalition Government’s investment in vocational training and Apprenticeships, along with careers advice services for young people in Suffolk. After visiting the new Learning Resource Centre, Dan then answered questions from students on a range of topics, ranging from the planned new high speed rail project, to the problems within the Eurozone and the Government’s deficit reduction programme.

We are lucky to have a resource like Otley College in Suffolk, which is playing an essential role in providing real training opportunities for young people, supporting our businesses and boosting the local economy. Dan would like to thank the staff and students for welcoming him to the college and very much looks forward to visiting again soon.


17 JAN 2012

Dr Dan presents Best Shop award to Otley Village Stores and Post Office

Dr Dan presents Andrew and Penny Sunaway with the Parliamentary Best Small Shops Competition 2011 award. It was a real pleasure for Dan to visit Otley Village Stores and Post Office to present owners Andrew and Penny Sunaway with the Parliamentary Best Small Shops Competition 2011. Now in its second year, the annual Parliamentary Small Shops’ Competition is run by the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops’ Group and involves MPs nominating one shop from each constituency to be considered for the award. The competition aims to promote those outstanding small shops that play a key role in supporting their local communities. Otley Village Stores and Post Office lies at the very heart of the local community and provides a vital service by going above and beyond in supporting and bringing together residents in Otley. That is why Dan nominated the shop for this prestigious House of Commons award and he would like to congratulate Andrew and Penny Sunaway and all the staff at Otley Village Stores for all their hard work in achieving this well-deserved recognition of their contribution to the local community.


16 JAN 2012

Dr Dan continues to lead debate on better integrated health and social care

Dr Dan Poulter

Dan has written an article in the latest edition of The Reformer, which sets out the need to deliver better integrated health and social care services to support our growing older population.

You can read a copy of the full article by clicking here and scrolling to page 12.


15 JAN 2012

LOCAL MP WINS FIGHT TO SECURE FUTURE OF PADDOCK HOUSE CARE HOME

Dr Dan with staff at Paddock House care home, Eye

Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has welcomed Suffolk County Council’s decision to keep Paddock House care home in Eye open until a new care home and community health facility has been built as part of the redevelopment of Hartismere community hospital.

Dr Poulter has visited Paddock House on several occasions and has led calls to keep the care home, which is highly valued by staff, residents, and the local community, open. Importantly, Paddock House currently houses the community hospital beds which were moved from Hartismere Hospital when the latter closed for refurbishment in 2006.

Suffolk County Council is currently in the final stages of finding a new provider to run and redevelop Suffolk’s care homes, following a public consultation into the future of the County’s care homes which ended last year. The leader of Suffolk County Council, Cllr. Mark Bee, has assured Dr Poulter that Paddock House cannot be closed given the vital importance of the community care beds that are located there.

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05 JAN 2012

MP BACKS LOCAL RESIDENTS IN BID TO PUT BRAKES ON SPEEDING MOTORISTS

Two articulated lorries are jammed together as they seek to pass one another in November 2011

Following a visit to the area, Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has given his full backing to the residents of Mendham who are calling for action to slow speeding motorists along Withersdale Street.

Residents have been campaigning to reduce the speed of both light and heavy goods vehicles exceeding the speed limit of 30 mph along the B1123, which has led to damaged roadside verges, noise pollution and reduced safety for pedestrians. Roadside furniture including telegraph poles and signs have also been badly damaged at narrow points of the carriageway, where some heavy goods vehicles cannot pass each other without mounting soft roadside verges.

Although a number of measures are being reviewed by Suffolk County Council to mitigate the traffic problems along the road, residents would also like to see additional traffic-calming devices such as flashing road signs put in place at strategic points along Withersdale Street. The introduction of a 20 mph speed limit throughout the built-up part of the village has also been considered, along with the establishment of a Community Speed Watch scheme.

click here to read the full press release...

 


05 JAN 2012

Dr Dan drops into the Baylham Care Centre

Dr Dan joins residents at Baylham Care Home on Christmas DayAlthough the festive break brings many families together, the winter months can also be a difficult time for some people, particularly frail elderly people and those who live alone.

Dan was very pleased to visit the Baylham Care Centre on Christmas Day, to meet with the dedicated, caring staff there and to share some festive cheer with the residents. Baylham is a high level care home which provides a range of services to its residents, including respite care, long term nursing, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, along with Dementia and holistic End of Life care.

The biggest challenge facing Suffolk is better looking after and properly supporting our growing older population. It is for this reason that we need to see a more integrated health and social care service that is grounded in local communities within Suffolk, to provide high quality elderly and end of life care, and the Baylham Care Centre stands as an exemplary model in how to provide this integrated care.


05 JAN 2012

Dr Dan makes Christmas visit to Ipswich Hospital

Dr Dan with staff at the maternity unit at Ipswich HospitalIt was a great pleasure for Dan to visit Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day to pass on his thanks to all of the staff for their hard work and commitment all year round, as well as meeting with some of the patients and their families. As a qualified NHS hospital doctor, this was one of the very few Christmas Day’s where Dan hadn’t been working on the wards, and it was a great privilege for him to join the staff and chat to mothers in the maternity ward before visiting the midwifery led unit and the delivery suite. Dan is very proud of our local emergency services staff in Suffolk and would like to commend all of them for their extra hard work at this time of year


04 JAN 2012

A busy 2011 - with some challenges ahead

2011 was a very busy year for me, both locally here in Suffolk and in Westminster. In Parliament, I have been able to use my medical knowledge and experience as a frontline NHS hospital doctor to scrutinise the Government’s health reforms over the past few months, for the benefits of residents in Suffolk and across the country. A particular highlight of my year was attending the Remembrance Day Parade and Service in Eye, and also visiting Wattisham Airbase, where I had the chance to meet with members of the Anglian Regiment and to show my support for our brave Armed Forces.

In Suffolk, a number of changes have taken place in the past year, including the welcome and much-needed change of leadership at Suffolk County Council, where there is now both a new leader and a new Chief Executive, who is paid about £60,000 less than Andrea Hill received before her departure. As a doctor, and as a rugby player, in my spare time, I know that teamwork is usually more effective in getting results than individual endeavour, and I am glad that the county’s MPs and county councillors, under new leader Cllr Mark Bee, are now working well together. This teamwork has already delivered a number of positive results for local residents:

• One of the biggest achievements for Ipswich and Suffolk this year was the Government’s decision to award Suffolk over £11.6 million to deliver the high speed broadband network that our county has long deserved. Along with Peter Aldous, the MP for Waveney, I invested much time and effort in leading this bid in Parliament for faster, more reliable internet speeds for local businesses, families and schools. I would like to praise Suffolk County Council leader, Cllr Mark Bee, who played a vital role in putting Suffolk’s broadband bid back on track, along with Chris Soule and the Suffolk Federation of Small Businesses, and all of the small and large businesses throughout Suffolk who made sure that our county had a solid business case for high speed broadband throughout the bidding process.

Other notable local successes that I have helped to achieve are:

• Holding the East of England Ambulance Trust to account by demanding that action to be taken to improve ambulance response times in rural areas of Suffolk.


• Securing the £1.5 million of funding to re-furbish Hartismere Community Hospital in Eye, which is due to be complete in Spring 2012, and will deliver improved local healthcare outcomes for those in our rural communities, particularly the frail elderly.


• Ensuring a commitment from the Government to upgrade the cross-country route from Felixstowe to Nuneaton by 2014, freeing up rail track capacity for the benefit of Suffolk’s train passengers.


• Forcing the county council to develop an alternative strategy on the future of our community libraries, which is now progressing well under the new leadership of the County Council.

• Finding much-needed investment from the Government to improve rail services in East Suffolk through the creation of the Beccles Loop, which will once again ensure a regular and reliable direct train service from Lowestoft to London.


• Gaining Government recognition for the Norfolk and Suffolk Local Enterprise Partnership as a national leader in developing the green economy, which will deliver up to 4,000 jobs for local people.

But there are many challenges that lie ahead, both locally and nationally, including bringing down the level of youth unemployment that has increased in Britain and across Europe. Whilst increasing youth unemployment has been a problem for over a decade now, I am nevertheless encouraged that the number of apprenticeships in Suffolk appears to be on the rise, as available places increased between 2009/10 to 2010/11 from 3, 710 to 5, 080. Locally, I have continuing concerns about the need to develop better health services to better care for older people and concerns about the loss of key services at Ipswich Hospital in recent years. I hope that the management at the hospital will this year do all they can to fight to retain vital services and support the hardworking frontline staff for the benefits of local patients.

As your local MP, I am always keen to hear your views, and this year I have launched my new regular ‘In Touch’ online survey to ask people for their opinions on the most important issues at a local and national level. A new survey will be published every two months. In Parliament, I am currently sitting on the House of Lords reform committee and would welcome your thoughts on the future shape of the House of Lords. I would encourage as many people as possible to let me know their views at www.intouchwithdrdan.com, or write to me at Dr Dan Poulter MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or to follow me on my Twitter page, @DrDanPoulter.

Finally, I would like to offer all of my residents my very best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2012.


23 DEC 2011

Dr Dan helps lead debate on integrated health and social care

Dr Dan PoulterDr Dan played a leading role in a recent seminar discussion on the importance of better integrating health and social care for older people, with former Labour Health Minister Lord Warner amongst the panellists.

You can read a full report of the event here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/social-care-network/2011/dec/21/benefits-joined-up-health-social-care?INTCMP=SRCH.  


19 DEC 2011

Dr Dan visits the Studio Landia day care centre in Mendham

Dan with Dawn South (left) and one of the guests at the Studio Landia Day Care Centre for the elderlyThe festive season reminds us of the importance of caring for those less fortunate than ourselves, such as those with mental health problems or the frail elderly in our communities. Last week, Dan visited the Studio Landia Day Care Centre in Mendham, which provides care for elderly residents in Suffolk within a comfortable and supportive environment. The staff at Studio Landia provide a vital service for people in Suffolk approaching the later stages of their lives, whilst simultaneously providing much-needed relief for their carers, who selflessly give up so much of their time to look after elderly relatives and friends. Dan spoke with manager Ann Harlow and Dawn South over lunch about the importance of delivering more integrated care between local NHS services, GPs and adult social services, along with the problems surrounding referral rates to the centre in recent years.


People are living longer – which is a good thing - and as they do, the number of people living with long-term illnesses also increases. As both a doctor and an MP, Dan considers it essential to provide dignity and compassion in caring for elderly people, and he will continue to use his knowledge and experience of the NHS, along with his position on the Health Select Committee in Parliament to ensure that Suffolk has a more community-focussed, integrated health care service.


18 DEC 2011

Dr Dan pays visit to Hartismere High School, Eye

Dr Dan with sixth form students at Hartismere High School, EyeLast week, Dr Dan visited Hartismere High School to meet with A-Level History, Politics and Economics students, and spoke about his role as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich followed by an unscripted question and answer session. After addressing the students on the work he has been doing both in Parliament and across the constituency, Dan answered questions on a number of issues, ranging from the current difficulties within the Eurozone, university tuition fees and student loans, the economy and public sector pension reform, along with the refurbishment of Hartismere Community Hospital.

Since gaining Academy status in September 2010, Hartismere School has gone from strength to strength under Head teacher Jim MacAtear, and was graded as outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection. Dan would like to thank all of the students who participated in the question and answer session and looks forward to visiting Hartsimere High School again soon.


18 DEC 2011

Dr Dan delivers festive reading at Ipswich Sings Christmas concert

Dr Dan delivers a festive reading at the Ipswich Sings Christmas concert

It was a real pleasure for Dan to attend the Ipswich Sings Christmas community concert at the Ipswich Corn Exchange last weekend, where he made a festive reading before enjoying the various special guest performances. Choirs from Grundisburgh Primary School, Hintlesham and Chattisham CEVC Primary School and Rushmere Hall Primary School all sang a variety of traditional and modern carols with aplomb.

This year’s concert was held in aid of the Woolverstone Wish appeal, which is raising money to refurbish the Chemotherapy outpatient clinics and day-unit in the Woolverstone Wing of Ipswich Hospital. The event was a great success, and Dan would like to commend all of the performers who took part, particularly the primary school pupils, who sang so well.


14 DEC 2011

Dr Dan presents prizes at the Thomas Mills High School Annual Awards Evening

Dr Dan Poulter at Thomas Mills High School Awards Evening with Head teacher Colin Hirst It was a real pleasure for Dan to be invited to Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham for their Annual Awards Evening. Following Head teacher Colin Hirst’s address, he presented over 200 awards to pupils ranging from years 7 to the Upper Sixth Form, before paying tribute to the hard work, dedication and commitment of both Head teacher Colin Hirst and all of the staff and pupils. He was pleased to hear that a number of students are going on to pursue careers in the caring professions, and it was a particular highlight to present a stethoscope as one of the prizes.


Thomas Mills High, which became an academy on 1st June 2011, remains one of the best performing schools in the East of England, and 87 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*- C grades at GCSE level this year. Under the leadership of Head teacher Colin Hirst, the school has gone from strength to strength, and many of its former students have gone on to have very successful careers. Dan would like to commend the students who picked up well deserved awards for their outstanding achievements, and wishes them well for the future.


06 DEC 2011

Dr Dan meets with residents of Daimler Road, Ipswich and Anglia Water

Dr Dan meets with residents of Daimler Road and Peter Simpson of Anglian Water

Dr Dan recently visited Daimler Road in Whitehouse, Ipswich, to meet with the Managing Director of Anglian Water, Peter Simpson and residents regarding the flooding problems at the site. For years, the long-suffering residents of Daimler Road have endured the misery of having their homes flooded during periods of heavy rainfall, with raw sewage flowing back into kitchens and bathrooms.

The meeting was extremely constructive and Dan was pleased that Anglian Water have agreed to a number of actions, such as installing non-return valves to prevent sewage backflows in pipes, and carrying out a detailed water impact survey over the next 6 months to assess the extent of the rainfall in the area. Residents in Daimler Road have already suffered quite enough, but Dan is glad that progress is now being made to resolve the problems at the site.


05 DEC 2011

Dr Dan pays visit to Creeting St Mary CEVAP School

Dr Dan visits Creeting St Mary CEVAP schoolDan was recently delighted to visit Creeting St Mary CEVAP School. He always enjoys the opportunity to visit our local schools in Suffolk, and to see at first hand all the hard work that the staff and pupils put in. As part of its School Organisational Review (SOR), Suffolk County Council is currently consulting on its proposals to move the county towards a two-tier education system.

Staff and Governors at Creeting St Mary are planning to extend the school’s age range to take pupils up to age 11, which would see it become part of the Debenham High School pyramid scheme. Dan would like to thank Head teacher Marilyn Spall and Chair of Governors Alastair Rogers for taking him on a tour of the school, and for sharing with him their plans for the future. He looks forward to visiting again soon.


05 DEC 2011

Dr Dan drops in at Christmas fairs across Suffolk

Dr Dan meets with local residents at the Friends of Westbourne Library and Broomhill Trust joint Christmas Fayre This time of year sees many of Suffolk’s local communities come together to celebrate the festive season, and over the past few weeks it has been an enormous pleasure for Dan to visit some of the Christmas bazaars and fairs across Suffolk.

He was delighted to be invited to attend the joint fair of the Friends of Westbourne Library and Broomhill Trust, the Framlingham St John Ambulance Christmas sale and Hoxne Christmas fair. These events showcased the strength of community spirit that exists in Ipswich and Suffolk, and Dan was delighted to see so many people of all ages turn out to enjoy the seasonal refreshments on offer and take part in the games and activities. Without the hard work and planning that is put in by local volunteers, the fairs would not be able to take place, and he would like to extend his warmest thanks to all those residents who have generously given up their time to make the Christmas bazaars across Suffolk so successful again this year.


05 DEC 2011

Dr Dan switches on the Christmas lights in Debenham

Dr Dan with local shop owners at the Debenhamlnight shopping eveningDan was delighted to visit Debenham to switch on the Christmas lights. A traditional lantern-carrying procession made its way to the St Mary Magdalene church, before seasonal carols were sung and people filled the local pub, cafe’s and wide variety of shops, which stayed open late.

The large turnout from the local community in Debenham is a tribute to the hard work put in by the shop owners who generously kept their doors open until late, along with those who gave up their free time to help set up the evening’s activities and donated money to support local charities on the night. Dan regularly visits Debenham, which stands out together with other towns such as Framlingham as an example of how people in Suffolk can come together for the benefit of the local community.


25 NOV 2011

Dr Dan attends the launch of the Hour Community, Framlingham

Dr Dan Speaks At The Launch Of The Hour Community in FramlinghamDr Dan was recently delighted to attend the launch of the Hour Community at the Crown Hotel in Framlingham. The Hour Community is an initiative that has been set up by the Framlingham Rotary Club in collaboration with the Framlingham Business Association and local volunteers, to encourage local residents to spare some of their time helping more vulnerable members of the community, such as the frail elderly, with simple tasks such as gardening, cooking, shopping or housecleaning.

The launch was a great success and I would like to commend Nick Corke, Vice President of the Framlingham Rotary Club, for all of his hard work in helping to setup the scheme. Dan is proud of all the volunteers who devote so much of their time to helping others in Framlingham and across Suffolk. Having worked in his spare time for charities providing support to the homeless, and those suffering with mental health and drug abuse problems, he knows that volunteers provide an invaluable service for those in need of support and Dan will always do all he can to support Suffolk’s volunteers.


19 NOV 2011

Dr Dan holds meeting with the Football Foundation at Whitton United FC

Dr Dan with Lucky Singh and staff at Whitton United FCLast week, Dan visited Whitton United FC to take part in a meeting with Dean Potter of the Football Foundation, along with Chris Walsh, County Development Manager for Suffolk Football Association, and Lucky Singh from Whitton United. Since becoming your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has always been a great supporter of Whitton United, which provides a shining example of a valuable community asset that has harnessed the power of sport to bring together people of all ages in North Ipswich. As well as looking after more than 250 youngsters in its youth team, the Club has provided an excellent service to the community by allowing its clubhouse to be used for bingo nights, and other functions and community events.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Lucky Singh, the team at Whitton United and McDonald’s owner Mark Richards, the Club now has a new stand and improved function rooms. However, the Club is in great need of a resurfaced driveway to enable more people, of all ages, to use it as a community hub and at the meeting with Dean Potter, Chris Walsh and Lucky Singh, Dan discussed ways in which the Club can access funding for this. He shall continue to do all he can to support Whitton United.


14 NOV 2011

Dr Dan meets with Supt Martin Ransome at Ipswich Police Station

Dr Dan with Superintendant Martin Ransome at Ipswich Police StationDr Dan recently met with Superintendent Martin Ransome at Ipswich Police Station to receive an update on the latest crime and policing issues in Ipswich. Our local policemen and women play a vital role in looking after residents in Ipswich and Suffolk and are always prepared to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, their property and local businesses from crime and harm. 

Dan is proud that Suffolk continues to be one of the safest counties in England, and was particularly pleased to hear that crime is at its lowest level for a decade in Suffolk. Whilst there will always be challenges in a large county town such as Ipswich, Dan is confident that under the strong leadership of senior police officers such as Superintendant Martin Ransome, Suffolk will continue to be one of the safest counties in which to live and work and looks forward to working with the local police force closely in future.


24 OCT 2011

Dr Dan drops in at Suffolk Family Carers in Claydon

Dr Dan with Jacqui Martin at Suffolk Family Carers It was a pleasure for Dan to visit Suffolk Family Carers in Claydon, to meet with Chief Executive Jacqui Martin. The single biggest healthcare challenge in Ipswich and Suffolk, is looking after our growing ageing population, which will bring a greater demand for high quality, integrated health and social care in the years ahead. Suffolk Family Carers provides a support network to offer practical advice to carers both young and old about how to care for relatives suffering from a variety of illnesses and conditions.

The Government has committed to establishing a local Health Care and Wellbeing Board in Suffolk, which will bring together local NHS, public health and social care commissioners to promote more integrated care and support for our elderly people, and charities such as Suffolk Family Carers will have a key part to play in providing the home and community support for older residents with conditions such as dementia. Suffolk Family Carers already plays a vital role in the local community, and Dan would like to commend Jacqui Martin and her team of staff and volunteers for their selfless hard work.


20 OCT 2011

Dr Dan holds meeting with East of England Ambulance Service

Dr Dan Poulter MP attends East of England Ambulance Service meeting with Norman Lamb MPLast Friday, Dr Dan and his Parliamentary colleague, Norman Lamb MP held a meeting with Haydon Newton, Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust, to call for action to be taken to improve ambulance response times in Suffolk. Currently, many residents in Suffolk are forced to wait longer than the 8 minute target time for an ambulance to arrive but residents in more urban areas such as Peterborough and South Essex do not experience this problem. This is not acceptable, and Dan has asked for a detailed breakdown of these figures in order to obtain a more accurate understanding of ambulance response rates across Suffolk.

The meeting was extremely constructive and Dan was pleased that Haydon Newton and his team have now committed to putting in place improvements to the service by recruiting and training more front line paramedics and making more Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) available to improve response times in rural areas. Community First Responders – unpaid volunteers who respond to emergency calls on behalf of the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives - also play a vital role in reaching patients in a timely manner. Dan was also pleased to report that the Ambulance Service are now intending to make improvements to the training and provision of equipment to First Responders and he is confident that if they are given this support that Suffolk will be well on its way to achieving the rapid high quality ambulance response times that our residents expect and deserve.

Dan was pleased that both Norman Lamb MP and he were able to use their knowledge and front line experience of the NHS to raise their concerns and agree improvements to the Ambulance Service for the benefit of our residents. Dan would also like to thank Councillor Colin Walker from Framlingham who made a strong contribution to the meeting, drawing on the expertise of his background in the ambulance service. He looks forward to a further meeting again in six months time to check on progress.


15 OCT 2011

Dr Dan opens the new village hall in Offton

Dr Dan Poulter MP attends opening of new Offton Village Hall with (from left) Chris Storey, Percy Thorpe and Dr Dan

Dan had the opportunity to see the very best of Suffolk last week when he attended the opening of the new village hall at Offton and Willesham. The official opening of the hall was performed by the oldest resident Percy Thorpe and marked the culmination of twenty years of hard work by members of the local community, who have come together to deliver such an excellent community project for the benefit of all local residents.

Residents who volunteer and selflessly devote some of their time to help deliver projects such as the new village hall at Offton and Willehsam form the lifeblood of our local communities in Suffolk, and help to give our county its unique identity. Dan was particularly pleased to see so many local residents present at the official opening of the hall, which was built in 2010 and contains a wide range of modern facilities, including a large main room, a meeting room and kitchen with all mod cons. He would like extend his thanks to Chris Storey, along with members of the village hall committee, who have worked so hard to drive this project forward. He would also like to thank all those who helped to fund the new hall, along with local councillor Steve Wright and Suffolk County Council, for being supportive of the project. He is sure it will serve the village well in the years ahead.


06 OCT 2011

Dr Dan drops in at Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee mornings

Dr Dan attends the Macmillan coffee morning in Yaxley

Last Friday was the national Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning. As an NHS hospital doctor Dr Dan has worked alongside Macmillan nurses and knows what an important role they play in providing care and support for people, and families of people with cancer.

Coffee mornings were held everywhere from Bramford to Debenham, and Yaxley on the Norfolk border, and Dr Dan stopped off at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School in Debenham before heading over to Yaxley as part of Macmillan’s largest fundraising event of the year. Dr Dan would like to extend his thanks to all of those parents, pupils, staff and volunteers who helped to make these events such a great success in Suffolk. Nobody knows when cancer may touch their lives, and he is delighted that Suffolk has shown such strong support for the Macmillan cause. He would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers and fundraisers that selflessly devote their time to making events such as last Fridays’ coffee morning such a success.


06 OCT 2011

Dr Dan visits Wattisham Airbase

Dr Dan Poulter and Tim Yeo MP at Wattisham AirbaseTogether with Tim Yeo MP, Dr Dan recently took the opportunity to visit Wattisham airbase near north Ipswich. Wattisham is home to the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and the 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, both of which fly the Apache Attack helicopters. Also based at the site is the 7 Air Assault Battalion REME, along with the 22 RAF Squadron Search & Rescue team, which responds to emergencies within the East of England. With almost 4,000 people living, or working at the base, Wattisham covers a site of 1,072 acres, and provides a number of amenities including a multi gym, swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, library and gliding club.

Dr Dan was very pleased to show his support for the Anglian Regiments, and will continue to do so in future. He will always support our brave Armed Forces, both here in Suffolk, and in his work in Parliament.


29 SEP 2011

Dr Dan holds Meet Your MP event in Wickham Market

Dan addresses audience at Wickham Market Meet Your MPDr Dan was delighted to hold his latest Meet Your MP event in Wickham Market, where he answered unscripted questions on a number of issues from a large audience of local residents at the local village hall. A variety of topics were covered by Dan, including the Coalition Government’s Health reforms; the need to provide more community-focussed health and social care to look after our growing ageing population; out-of-hours GP care in Suffolk; public sector pensions; planning reforms, along with the Government’s measures to increase the number of apprenticeships for young people.

He always enjoys the opportunity to talk to residents directly, and to update them on the work he is doing as your MP for Central for Suffolk and North Ipswich. Dan would like to extend his thanks to Councillor Brian Hall for helping to organise the event, along with all of those who attended, and looks forward to his next Meet Your MP event.



29 SEP 2011

Dr Dan pays visit to Westbourne Library

Dr Dan at Westbourne Library with Gareth JonesDan recently visited Westbourne Library to see the refurbishment work that was recently undertaken to restore the library to its original 1948 appearance. The exterior of the library has been re-painted white, using brushes and paint purchased with funds raised from the recent Friends of Westbourne Library (FWL) and Broomhill Pool Trust (BPL) Broomhill summer fete.

Westbourne Library was selected as one of 14 public libraries in Suffolk to take part in a pilot scheme as part of Suffolk County Council’s new approach to supporting existing libraries across the county. Suffolk County Council will be working with community groups such as the Friends of Westbourne Library, to ensure that an effective business plan is put in place to secure the long-term future of the library. Dan is a great supporter of Westbourne Library and would like to commend Gareth Jones for all of his hard work in leading the Westbourne Library pilot scheme.



29 SEP 2011

Dr Dan welcomes news of boost to local dairy farmers

Dr Dan with dairy farmer Graham Tibbenham and others at Weybread Hall farmDr Dan has welcomed leading milk processor Dairy Crest’s decision to pay Suffolk’s dairy farmers a higher price for their milk. The company recently announced that the 1,330 dairy farmers that supply the group will receive a price rise of 1.85p per litre from October 1, which represents an increase of 7% on its previous price paid to farmers. The move comes on the back of a similar price increase by supermarket milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies, and is designed to reflect the higher feed, fertiliser, fuel, and commodity costs now faced by Britain’s dairy farmers.

Since becoming elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan has fought for the interests of local dairy farmers in his constituency, and earlier this year organised a debate in the House of Commons to highlight the issues facing British milk producers. He used this debate to demand further clarity over the Government’s proposals to establish a groceries code adjudicator, and to call on large supermarkets to pay a fair price for the milk produced by local dairy farmers.

Despite the fact that British dairy farmers have faced climbing input costs in recent years, local dairy farmers in Suffolk and across Britain have not been receiving a fair price from supermarkets and some processors for the milk they produce. The average price paid to milk producers in the UK has been amongst the lowest within the EU in recent months, in spite of the high-quality milk produced by our local dairy farmers.

Dan has been calling on large supermarket retailers and processors to exercise greater corporate responsibility in their contractual arrangements with milk producers, which is why he welcomes these latest price increases for dairy farmers, who deserve a fair price for the milk they produce.



12 SEP 2011

Dr Dan drops by at the Debenham Project

Dr Dan Poulter MP with Lynden Jackson and staff at the Debenham ProjectOne of the biggest challenges facing Ipswich and Suffolk is properly looking after our growing ageing population, which will require better joined-up thinking between local social services and NHS care providers to deliver more community-focussed healthcare. Our local community groups and carers already play such a vital role in looking after our elderly people, and Dan was delighted to recently visit the Debenham Project, which has been recognised as an example of best practice across Suffolk by bringing together local Social Services, charities and the NHS to support families and carers who look after elderly relatives or friends with dementia.

Supporting an elderly friend or relative with a debilitating condition can often lead to a sense of social isolation on the part of the carer, which is why community-based groups such as the Debenham project have such an important role in helping to support those who devote so much of their time caring for our local elderly people. As well as bringing together both professional support workers and volunteers alike, the Debenham Project also operates a telephone support service, advice centre and runs regular lunch clubs, to enable carers to lead lives that are as normal as possible. Dan would like to commend all of the staff, volunteers and carers at the Debenham Project on winning the Probert Trophy for Community Achievement, and to thank them for inviting him to visit.



05 SEP 2011

Dr Dan attends wreath laying ceremony in Barking

Dr Dan at the Barking wreath laying ceremony

Last week Dan attended a wreath laying ceremony in Barking to commemorate the life of RAF pilot Henry Fiddes Leech, who was killed when his Spitfire aircraft was grounded at Ladies Walk in Barking, on the day before the Second World War was declared.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Wattisham Flying Station Heritage, 611 Squadron Association and the Royal British Legion. It was a pleasure for Dan to chat with members of the Leech family, along with other local residents, before watching a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight perform an honorary fly-past following the ceremony. The conflict in Afghanistan has brought home to many in Suffolk the daily sacrifices made by British servicemen and women for their country, and it is always important to recognise the bravery and courage of those who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces. Dan would like to commend Terry Betchley for his all his efforts on behalf of the Wattisham Flying Station Heritage Group over the past four years in making the event possible.


25 AUG 2011

Dr Dan drops in at the Sweffling and Metfield village fetes

Dr Dan Poulter MP meets one of the local residents at the Sweffling village feteThe annual village Sweffling fete returned with a number of stalls and activities on display, including a bouncy castle for young children, coconut shy competition and dog show. The raffle competition also proved popular, with all of the prizes donated by local rural businesses, including the Wildmeat Company and the White Horse in neighbouring Rendham. Dan then paid a visit to the Metfield Fete on St John’s Meadow, where he was greeted by local pig farmer and chairman of the Parish Council in Metfield, Peter Mortimer and shown around the various stalls, competitions and games before dropping in at the Horticultural show in the village hall, where locally grown plant and flowers were being auctioned. All of the proceeds raised at the Metfield fete go towards the upkeep of the local parish church and village hall.

Dan would like to extend his thanks to Roger Askew and Peter Mortimer for guiding him around the Sweffling and Metfield village fetes respectively, along with all of those who attended or volunteered at the fetes. He very much looks forward to visiting again next year.


11 FEB 2011

Dr Dan attends Stradbroke Community Meeting

Dr Dan addresses a public meeting in Stradbroke

After holding one of his regular Advice Bureaux, Dr Dan addressed a special public meeting of Stradbroke Parish Council to discuss the proposed library closure. This was the second day of action on this issue after a well attended protest the week before. The library in Stradbroke is a vital part of the social fabric and residents of the village and those from further afield are passionately opposed to its closure.

At the meeting Dr Dan reassured Anne Kerr, the chairman of the parish council, that he would take the matter up with the county council and do all that he could to help keep Stradbroke Library open for the years to come.


04 FEB 2011

Dr Dan takes to the rugby pitch for charity


Last week, Dr Dan took time out from his Parliamentary duties to join colleagues, including Labour MP Chris Bryant, in a charity rugby match against a team from the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. The match helped to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Dr Dan was delighted that, like the England team, the UK Parliament XV managed to beat the Welsh Assembly team by a margin of 17-5. Sport has enormous potential to raise money for good causes and to bring people from all backgrounds together.

Dr Dan will be taking time out again this summer to play in the annual charity rugby match at Hadleigh to raise money for Help for Heroes.



28 JAN 2011

Dr Dan pays visit to Framlingham Library

Dr Dan pays visit to Framlingham Library

Dr Dan made a call at Framlingham Library, one of the many libraries that face closure by the county council unless a viable solution to make up the funding shortfall can be found locally.

Dr Dan knows that community libraries are a vitally important resource, especially for young and older people and he will do all he can to ensure that all the libraries in his constituency stay open. In Framlingham the town council is looking to take on the running of the library.

Dr Dan discussed these plans with the Librarian, Leslie Clouting, and continues to take an active interest in the future of Framlingham Library.


28 JAN 2011

Dr Dan visits Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham

Dr Dan at Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham

Dr Dan visited the Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham. Mills Meadow provides residential and day care to older people, including some dementia patients, from the Framlingham area.

Ensuring adequate care for older people remains one of Dr Dan’s top priorities as an MP. Suffolk faces a crisis in care provision unless solutions to the problems of an ageing population are put in place in the next few years.

The dedicated staff at Mills Meadow work so hard to look after older people, some of whom have lived in the area all their lives and have family still living close by.

During the uncertainty surrounding the county council’s reorganisation of care provision, Dr Dan will be working to ensure that Mills Meadow is kept at the heart of care for older people in Framlingham.


28 JAN 2011

Dr Dan Joins Debenham Youth Council Ice Skating

Dr Dan with local members of the Debenham Youth Council

On Friday night Dr Dan was very pleased to attend ‘Debenham On Ice’ the first event organised by Debenham Youth Council. The Youth Council was set up to provide a voice for the young people of Debenham who feel that there is a lack of provision for them in the town.

The mobile ice rink they arranged came to the High School for two days and provided a place for all the people of Debenham to come together. There was a disco on the Friday evening aimed at attracting more young people to join in the work of the Youth Council. Dr Dan was delighted to see our young people, who are so often denigrated, getting together and doing something so positive for their community and will be continuing to support future Youth Council events in Debenham.

Congratulations must go to Nathan Abbott, Ollie Hallpike and Aaron Helm as well as to Jane Baldwin who acts as the Youth Council’s Adult Liaison Officer. Keep up the good work!


26 JAN 2011

Dr Dan opens new hair salon in Framlingham

Dr Dan opens Carley Hill Hair Framlingham

Dan was delighted to officially open Carley Hill Hair, a new salon in Framlingham. Adam Snare should be congratulated on opening a new business in these challenging economic times. Dan was pleased to talk to Adam about the Government’s plans for apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Dan is thrilled that Adam has taken on two former students of Thomas Mills High School and he wishes them all the best in their training and their careers as hairdressers. Adam’s new business, and many like it in our area, are creating much needed jobs in our county.

Dan wishes him, and his staff, all the best for their new business and many years of cutting hair!


21 JAN 2011

Dr Dan visits Westbourne Library, North-West Ipswich

Dr Dan visits Westbourne Library, North-West Ipswich

Dan visited Westbourne Library in North-West Ipswich to see for himself the great work the staff do there for their community. Over 77,000 people visited Westbourne Library in 2009-2010. It is a great resource for the people of North West Ipswich and for surrounding villages like Claydon and Witnesham. Libraries are a hugely important part of our social fabric and provide a very valuable service, especially to the young and the elderly, the very groups we should be doing our best to protect in these difficult times.

Dan is uneasy about the County Council’s proposed closure of most Suffolk libraries, and particularly Westbourne Library in North-West Ipswich. Dan is a big supporter of the Government’s Big Society agenda, and community-run library services can work well. But he is not sure that the current community infrastructure in North-West Ipswich is strong enough to run a library. The County Council cannot cut and run in North-West Ipswich – we need Westbourne Library!



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