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November/December 2018

Brexit Update

I have received a large volume of correspondence on Brexit and would like to thank those who have shared their views with me.

Whilst I voted to remain in the EU Referendum on the 23 June 2016, I believe it is important to respect and uphold the outcome of the country and indeed of Waveney constituency, which returned a result in which 62.9% of constituents voted to leave the European Union, with a turnout of 72.6% and a margin of 16,934 votes.

The British people voted in an historic referendum in 2016 to leave the EU and enable the UK to regain its sovereignty. This is what the Government intends to deliver and it is what I have been working to achieve in Parliament and will continue to do over the coming months.

On balance I take the view that the Prime Minister’s deal is in the best interest of Waveney and the United Kingdom at this time, as it will forge a new unique relationship between the UK and the EU, whilst protecting constituents from the risks of a no-deal exit.

The deal is not perfect, it is a compromise, but that is so often the case in such complex negotiations. There are aspects of it which I do not like and it is important that the Prime Minister obtains further political and legal assurances from the EU that show that if at all possible the Backstop is never used and if it is, it will only be a temporary arrangement.

I do not consider that a people’s vote would be in the best interests of the United Kingdom. I believe any attempt to hold a re-run of the EU Referendum in 2016 would undermine our democracy and bring uncertainty to local businesses and communities. Equally, the feedback that I’m receiving from local businesses is that leaving the European Union without a deal in place would put local businesses and jobs at risk, in addition to losing the reciprocal agreements the Prime Minister has obtained on citizens’ rights, security arrangements and many other areas.

To further clarify my position and the ways in which I am seeking to help secure the revitalisation of Lowestoft’s fishing industry through the Brexit process, please view my updated position statement by clicking here.

Lake Lothing Third Crossing Newsletter

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I am delighted that the first contractor has been announced. The award of this contract is a significant and important event in the construction of the 3rd Crossing, which is so important to Lowestoft and the surrounding area. I look forward to meeting and working with BAM Nuttall in the coming months.

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Raise the Rate - Campaign for Sixth Form Funding

Young people form the lifeblood of our society and securing a good education is key to their life chances moving forward. Sixth form colleges such as Lowestoft Sixth Form College are enabling students to build the foundations of their careers and move onto higher education. The Raise the Rate Campaign calls on Government to provide more funding for 16 to 18 year olds, in addition to ensuring it is kept in line with inflation moving forward. I believe this is a vital campaign, and one which I will be urging the Chancellor to support over the coming months. 

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Raise the Rate campaign for Sixth Form Education Funding

Retention Deposit Scheme

I am sponsoring a Private Members' Bill in Parliament called the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill. This Bill proposes putting payments into a retentions deposit scheme, operating in a similar way to the existing scheme for shorthold tenancies. I spoke at the National Federation of Builders conference on the subject. Abuse of retentions - ostensibly held as security in case a firm fails to rectify defects - has blighted and held back the construction industry for many years, causing personal anguish and stress to many business owners.

Read my speech

Speaking at the National Federation of Builders conference

Social Mobility in Counties

I am Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Counties and I have called on the Government to implement the recommendations in our recent report on social mobility in county areas.

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Social Mobility in Counties

Guide Dogs Campaign

I recently attended an event in Parliament run by the charity Guide Dogs to raise awareness of discrimination against guide dog owners.

I was shocked to hear about cases of guide dog owners being turned away by businesses. This isn’t just poor customer service; it’s discrimination and it’s unacceptable. Disabled people have the same rights as anyone else to shop, take a taxi or visit their local pub.

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Brexit and Coastal Areas

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the draft Brexit agreement, I asked the PM if she believes this agreement provides the framework for reviving the economy in coastal towns such as Lowestoft. 

2019 Loan Charge

In a debate in Westminster Hall, I spoke out against the retrospective nature of the 2019 loan charge which was announced in the 2016 Budget and I raised the devastating impact on constituents, who had acted legally and in good faith and followed advice. 

Read my speech

Speaking in Westminster Hall against the 2019 Loan Charge

Fisheries Bill

I welcome the Fisheries Bill which provides the framework needed for the regeneration of the Lowestoft fishing industry and, in particular, I have called for the reform of the quota system to ensure the East Anglian fishing fleet can catch and land sufficient fish to ensure those working on the boats can earn a reasonable living.

Read my speech

Fisheries Bill

Electric Pulse Fishing

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the political declaration for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, I sought confirmation from the PM that the political declaration does not undermine our future control of fishing and access to our waters and will enable us to stop the abhorrent practice of electric pulse fishing by Dutch trawlers off the East Anglian coast. 

Read my question to the PM

I again raised my concerns with the Minister during a sitting of the Fisheries Bill Committee and I am delighted that Government has announced that it will now bring forward legislation to ban it in January.

Read my speech here

Peter Aldous speaking on electric pulse fishing

Four Villages By-Pass

I joined other Suffolk MPs to lobby Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP for funding for a by-pass on the A12. 

An improved A12 to Lowestoft is vitally important to the Waveney economy and will help attract new business to the area.

It was good to have the opportunity to highlight this to the Minister and to tell him about Waveney’s great potential that infrastructure improvements can unlock.

Read more in the East Anglian Daily Times

Suffolk MPs lobbying Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP (seated right)

Universal Support

I led a debate on the Government’s sudden decision to, without local consultation, discontinue the local government-run universal support which provides assistance to universal credit claimants in East Suffolk and replace it with a one-size-fits-all contract with Citizens Advice.

Read my speech

Surgeries

Call  01502 586568 to make an appointment.

Finally I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best wishes

Ways to contact me:

Phone: 01502 586568/0207 219 7182
Email: peter.aldous.mp@parliament.uk
Post: 
Peter Aldous MP
15 Surrey Street
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 1LJ

Twitter: @peter_aldous
Website: www.peteraldous.com
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