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.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...