gjhfgjhhSt Edmund petition delivered to PM

Tuesday, 21 November, 2006

ST EDMUND'S day was a typically English affair yesterday for a truly English saint.

The rain poured and the trains broke down, but a petition calling for St Edmund's reinstatement as the nation's patron saint was delivered to 10 Downing Street with aplomb.

The EADT and St Edmund champion Mark Murphy, from BBC Radio Suffolk, along with Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, made their way to the Capital to deliver a petition in support of the ancient saint.

Mr Ruffley said: 'It has been a great pleasure and an honour to be involved in the St Edmund campaign.

gjhfgjhhSuffolk's pupils 'short-changed'

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

SCHOOL funding levels in Suffolk are amongst the lowest in the land, sparking claims that the county's children are being 'short-changed'.

Spending per pupil will be £3,591.24 in the next financial year, placing Suffolk bottom in the east of England school funding league.

It means each Suffolk pupil will have nearly £300 less spent on their education than the national average.

Neighbouring counties all fare better, with Essex funding amounting to £3,752.36 per pupil, Norfolk getting £3,648.44 per pupil and Cambridgeshire getting £3,622.90 per pupil.

gjhfgjhhSchool funding branded a 'disgrace'

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

GOVERNMENT funding for schools in Suffolk has been branded a 'disgrace' after new figures released today show it gets the least money in the East of England.

Of the 149 Local Education Authorities in England, Suffolk comes 134th in the funding table - just 15 places from the bottom.

The county's allocation of £3,591.24 per pupil for the 2007/08 academic year is lower than Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

David Ruffley, MP for West Suffolk, uncovered the figures.

gjhfgjhhMP goes back to school for special event

Friday, 26 January, 2007

Toddlers have been celebrating the official opening of their nursery's new home.

Youngsters from the nursery at Riverwalk School, in South Close, Bury St Edmunds, have relocated to classrooms at Sexton's Manor School, in Greene Road.

Rooms have been adapted for the children and a disused area outside has been transformed into a new playground.

The move happened in September last year, but the premises were officially opened last Friday by Bury MP David Ruffley, who said it was 'a great advertisement for education in Bury'.

gjhfgjhhAnger at shocking rise in nurse attacks

Wednesday, 2 May, 2007

MORE than 3,600 NHS staff were physically attacked or abused in the eastern region in just one year - sparking calls for harsher punishments for those responsible.

New figures reveal 2,508 staff were physically assaulted in the former Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority area in 2005/2006. This compares with a 2,343 the previous year - a jump of 7%.

And experts fear the numbers may be far higher because many staff don't report incidents.

In Essex during the same period the number of attacks fell from 1,286 to 1,142.

gjhfgjhhVandalism offences show dramatic rise

Thursday, 26 April, 2007

THE rising tide of vandalism eroding people's quality of life in many parts of Suffolk can be revealed today.

In the last nine years, the amount of criminal damage has risen in Suffolk at nearly twice the national rate - with more than 13,000 cases reported to police last year alone.

Last night, community leaders said while such vandalism may seem like low-level crime to many, it was blighting people's daily lives - denting the pride they have in their home towns and villages.

gjhfgjhhRuffley offsets driving carbon emissions

Wednesday, 4 April, 2007

A SUFFOLK MP has offset all the carbon emissions he has generated from driving 10,000 miles on constituency business by making a payment to an environmental charity

David Ruffley, Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, has received the backing of local Tory officers who have agreed to offset all business miles accrued by its employees.

gjhfgjhhA&E alcohol admissions soar

Tuesday, 13 March, 2007

ALCOHOL-related emergency admissions to hospitals in Suffolk have risen dramatically in the last ten years, it can be revealed today.

Government figures have revealed that hospitals within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) have treated thousands more people in accident and emergency units since 1997.

During 1997-98 2,501 people were admitted to A&E in the region compared to 4,600 people during 2005-06.

gjhfgjhhBooze-related hospital admissions soar

Tuesday, 13 March, 2007

ALCOHOL related hospital admissions at one Suffolk emergency unit have shot up by 126% in the last ten years, it has been revealed.

The shocking figures for West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds - taken since 1997 - compare to an average 84% increase across the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.

David Ruffley, MP for Bury, who has obtained the figures, said the general increase was bad enough but he was appalled by the local rise, which he insisted strengthened the case for retaining the accident and emergency department at the hospital.

gjhfgjhhCall for action over violence

Tuesday, 6 March, 2007

AN MP is calling for action on domestic violence after shock figures revealed that convictions in Suffolk have gone up by more than 50 per cent in the past year - the second-highest conviction rate in the country.

David Ruffley MP released new House of Commons figures which reveal that between 2005 and 2006 the number of convictions for domestic violence in Suffolk rocketed by 52 per cent.

The figures showed that in 2005 there were 428 convictions for domestic violence in Suffolk, increasing to 652 in 2006.