gjhfgjhhRuffley Connects with Young People in Bury

Wednesday, 9 July, 2003

David Ruffley will be holding a 'Young People's Surgery' at Connexions Suffolk on Friday, 11 July from 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. This will be held in the library of the Suffolk Connexions offices at 43 St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds.

All Members of Parliament were encouraged to hold a surgery for young people by Ivan Lewis, the Minister for Young People and Adult Skills. David was only too pleased to take up the challenge.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Lobbies New Council on Age Concern's New Bid to St Edmundsbury for Restoration and Conversion of Elsey's Yard for Day Care Centre

Monday, 12 May, 2003

David Ruffley is supporting Age Concern and the Bury St Edmunds Town Trust, of which he is a Patron, with their project to restore Elsey's Yard, the historic maltings complex in the heart of Bury St Edmunds conservation area and convert it into a day care centre and community resource complex.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Uncovers Startling New Figures Showing a Dramatic Rise in Crimes Involving Firearms in Suffolk

Monday, 12 May, 2003

David Ruffley MP has unearthed new figures from a Home Office Minister showing a dramatic rise in the number of crimes in which firearms are used in Suffolk.

The figures were revealed in a Parliamentary question that David Ruffley tabled in the House of Commons. The most up to date figures show that the number of crimes involving firearms almost doubled between 2000 and 2001 in Suffolk. In 2000 there 69 offences recorded but this figure increased to 136 by 2001.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Highlights Need for Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Thursday, 22 May, 2003

David Ruffley MP has signed a House of Commons Early Day Motion calling for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The motion, signed by over 60 MPs, highlights the fact that reform of CAP is vital to defend the interests of British farmers.

gjhfgjhhRuffley to Address Cryspen Court Residents Meeting

Tuesday, 1 April, 2003

David Ruffley MP will be addressing the Cryspen Court Residents Meeting on Friday 4 April at 7pm.

David said, 'I am very much looking forward to meeting many of the older residents of Cryspen Court who I know want to discuss with me a number of concerns that they have about local issues.

'This residents meeting will provide me with a fantastic opportunity to meet so many of my older constituents'

gjhfgjhhAppalling New Figures Show That Council Tax Is Going Through The Roof

Tuesday, 1 April, 2003

David Ruffley MP is continuing his campaign to highlight the Government's decision to continue to raise council tax in Suffolk. The information was unearthed by David Ruffley after he wrote to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister asking for details of the dramatic rises.

Council tax figures for the whole of England expose that across the country, council taxes are again rising by four times the rate of inflation (an average of 13 per cent).

gjhfgjhhRuffley To Open New Hall At Wortham Primary School

Tuesday, 1 April, 2003

David Ruffley MP will be opening the new hall at Wortham Primary School on Friday 4 April at 2pm.

David said, 'I was delighted to be asked to open the new hall, which follows on from the lobbying I undertake for the school. For years they have been very hard pressed for space.

'I called Mr David Peachey, Director of Education at Suffolk County Council, to a site meeting at the School to show him the problem. I am delighted after a long campaign the School has got the new facility.'

gjhfgjhhRuffley Signs New House Of Commons Motion Calling For Greater Assistance To Carers

Tuesday, 1 April, 2003

David Ruffley MP has signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for greater help to the nation's carers.

David said, 'There are over 7 million carers in Britain today and these hard working people make up 13% of all people working full time.

'As a patron of the local Alzheimer's Society, for instance, I know of so much caring that is done by men and women of all ages.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Readopted for Bury St Edmunds Parliamentary Constituency

Thursday, 3 April, 2003

On Friday 28 March, Bury St Edmunds Conservatives unanimously readopted sitting MP David Ruffley to stand as the Conservative candidate at the next General Election.

Chairman of Bury St Edmunds Conservatives, Eric Flack, said: 'David is a conscientious Member of Parliament. He works hard for all his constituents, regardless of their political persuasion. As a Member of the Treasury Select Committee, he challenges Gordon Brown on his mis-management of the economy.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Signs House Of Commons Motion: 'Give Local Arthritis Care The Priority It Deserves In The NHS'

Tuesday, 6 May, 2003

David Ruffley has supported Arthritis Awareness Week by signing an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons. The EDM calls on the Government to ensure that the treatment of arthritis is given a proper clinical priority in the NHS.