21 APR 2017

The Depperhaugh in Hoxne welcomes Dr Dan

On Friday, Dr Dan was delighted to meet staff and residents at The Depperhaugh Nursing Home in Hoxne, near Eye.  Dr Dan enjoyed a tour of the home and speaking with the team, before taking time to meet with a number of the residents.

Dr Dan was very impressed with the facilities at The Depperhaugh and very much enjoyed talking to some residents to hear their views, especially those keen to discuss the politics of the day.

Following his visit to The Depperhaugh, Dr Dan finished off the day with another busy Advice Bureau in Eye.

 


29 MAR 2017

University of Suffolk students visit Houses of Parliament

On Wednesday 29th March Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from the University of Suffolk to Westminster. Although the visit had been planned for some time, the staff and tutors made the trip from Suffolk to London on one of Parliament's busiest days – not only did their visit coincide with Prime Minister's Questions, but there was certainly an added buzz around the Houses of Parliament ahead of the triggering of Article 50.

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 more about the role of our democracy and the passing of legislation. The students had previously visited Dr Dan's office in October last year as part of the University's week-long "Business Fair" which allows the students to discover the diversity of businesses and opportunities in Suffolk. Following that visit, an invitation to visit Parliament was extended and Dr Dan was delighted meet the students at the end of their tour for a Question and Answer session.

It was clear that the students had enjoyed their tour of Parliament very much and were all too keen to get the Q&A session underway. They asked a number of questions on both local and national issues, and it goes without saying that the topic of Brexit featured highly, particularly in relation to local impact here in Suffolk. Aside from the politics of the day, there was much discussion around fiscal policy, agricultural matters, food labelling and public health policy. As part of the discussion Dr Dan was happy to share his experiences of balancing work as an MP with that of being a part-time NHS doctor.

Visits such as these help to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally here in Suffolk and what he does in Parliament.  Of course any visit to Parliament is an exciting experience, but to be here on the historic day when Article 50 was triggered is surely something that the students will all be able to recount in later years.

 


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 Commrece 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.

 


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Food and Farming: Employment Opportunities — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)
Daniel Poulter: The Minister is making an excellent case for the steps that the Government are taking to promote apprenticeships in the agricultural sector. Given the fact that many people decide on where their careers will take them at a relatively early age—it is probably around age 13 or 14—what steps can be taken to encourage younger people to think about careers in agriculture and the whole...

Food and Farming: Employment Opportunities — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He makes a good point, because although the Government have had tremendous success in expanding apprenticeships and vocational training opportunities in many industrial sectors, there is a problem in getting younger people engaged in farming. What are his thoughts on taking a more holistic view of farming, in the context of the whole...