gjhfgjhhRuffley Visits Bury Railway Station Heritage Project

Tuesday, 25 February, 2003

David Ruffley will be visiting the site of Suffolk Connect's project to save two historic buildings at Bury St Edmunds Railway Station on Friday, 28 February at 3.15 p.m.

David will meet Susan Glossop, County Business Liaison Officer of Suffolk Connect, to be briefed on their project for the listed buildings which stand at either side of the Railway Station.

gjhfgjhhRuffley in Keynote Speech on the East Anglian and National Economy

Tuesday, 25 February, 2003

David Ruffley will be the keynote speaker at the Suffolk Coastal Annual Conservative Policy Forum Conference in Aldeburgh on Saturday, 1 March.

David is speaking at the invitation of John Gummer. Over 100 Conservative Party members will attend the event.

The title of David Ruffley's speech is: 'Gambling Gordon: The Economic Consequences of Mr Brown'.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Calls for More Information on Rural Broadband Discrimination

Tuesday, 25 February, 2003

David Ruffley MP is continuing his ongoing fight to get greater access to broadband for his constituents. Having regularly highlighted this concerning issue with Government ministers, sadly Suffolk is still far behind the national average in terms of getting broadband access.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Makes Local Website Accessible For All

Tuesday, 25 February, 2003

David Ruffley MP has adapted his website to ensure that it can be accessed by people with limited vision.

David said, 'As a Patron of the West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind, I am very aware of the considerable difficulties that people with poor sight encounter in every day life.

gjhfgjhhRuffley's Last Ditch Attempt to Save Sicklemsmere Post Office Looks Like It Has Paid Off

Tuesday, 4 March, 2003

David Ruffley's campaign to save Sicklesmere Post Office is now close to success. David's refusal to accept closure and his persistence in keeping negotiations alive with the Post Office directly led to Nick Martin of St Edmundsbury Borough Council entering into negotiations with David to provide council funding to keep Sicklesmere Post Office open. St Edmundsbury Borough Council have pledged around £6,500 and this is to be matched by the Countryside Agency subject to some final negotiations that David Ruffley has undertaken with Miss Jane Sellers of the Countryside Agency.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Meets Pensioners In Age Concern 'Voice And Choice' Initiative

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

David Ruffley will be meeting pensioners in his constituency at the invitation of Age Concern on Friday, 14 March. The meeting is being held at 12.00 noon in the Friends Meeting House in Bury St Edmunds.

The meeting was arranged as part of the 'Voice and Choice' initiative developed by Age Concern. This aims to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to enable older people to play a greater part in decisions that affect their lives.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Debates Religious and Ethical Issues with Bury Christian Youth

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

David Ruffley MP will speak to members of the Bury St Edmunds and District Christian Youth at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 14 March at Garland Street Baptist Church, Bury St Edmunds.

Bury Christian Youth (BCY) has been in existence for over twelve years. BCY Staff are regularly invited to middle and upper schools in the area. Assemblies are a regular feature but they are also involved in many lessons and conferences about religious and ethical issues.

gjhfgjhhRuffley in Top Level Meeting with Havebury Housing Partnership

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

David Ruffley is meeting Steve Cook, Chief Executive of the Havebury Housing Partnership, together with Karen Mayhew, Director of Housing, David Hall, Director of Finance, and Mike Dawson, Acting Director of Environmental Health and Housing at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, on Friday, 14 March.

David will be briefed on Havebury's progress since the St Edmundsbury housing stock was transferred to Havebury last year.

gjhfgjhhRuffley to Get New Briefing on Rugby World Cup Role for Bury St Edmunds when he attends match Against Rochford on Saturday 15 March

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley has thrown his weight behind the Rugby Football Union's bid to stage the 2007 Rugby World Cup and bring international rugby to the town's Southgate Green ground.

The RFU's innovative plan is for a 20-team World Cup and a simultaneous 20-team Rugby World Nations Cup for emerging countries.

Bury's The Haberden has been selected as a potential venue to host a game between two of the up-and-coming sides.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Warns that Council Tax Rises are "Out of Control" in Suffolk

Tuesday, 11 March, 2003

David Ruffley MP today warned that council taxes were soaring by four times the rate of inflation across St Edmundsbury and Mid Suffolk. Conservatives, nationally, have launched an online council tax calculator to allow the public to search by postcode how much council taxes have soared since 1997, and unveiled a 'virtual poster' for download on the internet. (www.conservatives.com/counciltax)