gjhfgjhhRuffley gives support to National Blood Pressure Testing Week

Monday, 13 September, 2004

The "Know Your Numbers!"Œ¬ campaign runs from 13-19 September

'I am delighted to be supporting the "Know Your Numbers!" Œ¬ campaign during the Blood Pressure Association's national blood pressure testing week.

High blood pressure is serious and it affects one in three adults in the UK, many of whom will live in my constituency.

gjhfgjhhRuffley backs scrapping of university fees for students in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket

Monday, 13 September, 2004

David Ruffley MP this week announced that the Conservatives will abolish university tuition fees. Conservatives' radical plans will boost higher education funding, scrap tuition fees, reduce student debt and provide for an extra £21 billion investment in universities. Local Conservatives have been pleased by the positive response nationally to this new policy.

gjhfgjhhNews Flash : Ruffley granted 'Travellers' Debate by the Speaker of the House of Commons for Thursday 16th September

Monday, 13 September, 2004

David Ruffley will this week be raising the important issue of the travellers camp at Woolpit and the inability of our planning laws to deal with Suffolk concern about the system.

David Ruffley said:

'I am glad that I have been able to use my influence with the Speaker to secure a debate in the House of Commons this Thursday, the 16th September. I promised my concerned constituents that I would raise their views at the very highest level and I will now be challenging the Government in Parliament to look at this situation with some urgency.

gjhfgjhhSupport Alzheimer's Memory Walk' says Ruffley

Wednesday, 15 September, 2004

The West Suffolk Branch of the Alzheimer's Society, of which David Ruffley is Patron, is holding a 'Memory Walk' at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, 19 September commencing at 10.00 a.m.

gjhfgjhhWoolpit/Elmswell Travellers: Ruffley Extracts Promise of new Planning Policy from Minister in House of Commons

Thursday, 16 September, 2004

David Ruffley today delivered his speech in the House of Commons on the Woolpit/Elmswell traveller issue. This was a special Adjournment Debate that the Speaker, Michael Martin, granted David after his intervention in August calling for this emergency debate.

This is a link to the speech

There was a large amount of cross party agreement, particularly from Labour's Bill Olner from Nuneaton.

gjhfgjhhRuffley unveils new plans to restore respect for older people in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket

Monday, 20 September, 2004

David Ruffley MP this week supported Conservative party proposals for a radical scheme to avoid the need for old people to use up their life savings and property to pay for residential care. The Conservative plan is for a three-year partnership scheme between Government, the insurance industry and families.

People who take out an insurance plan that meets the cost of three years' long-term care would be guaranteed free long-term care by Government beyond those three years, regardless of their assets.

Mr Ruffley said:

gjhfgjhhRuffley warns Council tax revaluation is a 'ticking tax timebomb'

Monday, 20 September, 2004

David Ruffley MP warned this week that the revaluation of properties for council tax, starting next year, was a 'ticking tax timebomb' that threatens to send council tax bills in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket soaring. By contrast, Conservatives have pledged that they will stop the revaluation being used to further increase the tax burden on local residents.

gjhfgjhhRuffley blames rise in robberies and burglaries in Suffolk on red tape not our hard working police

Monday, 27 September, 2004

The latest report from the Home Office, the Police Performance Monitoring 2003/04 report, published last week highlights the growing problem of robbery and burglary in the Suffolk Constabulary. These are the official figures for the year up to March 2004.

gjhfgjhhRuffley exposes local LibDem 'tax sting'

Monday, 27 September, 2004

David Ruffley MP this week attacked proposals by the Liberal Democrats for a barrage of new taxes on local residents across Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket and warned that the level of tax would be a key issue in the forthcoming general election campaign expected next year.

As the Liberal Democrats left their annual party conference in Bournemouth, it has been revealed that their official party policies feature over 40 new tax levies, including:

gjhfgjhhRuffley: Time to 'end the war' on the motorist

Tuesday, 10 August, 2004

David Ruffley MP this week endorsed a series of policies to restore confidence in speed limits. The proposals announced by Conservatives tackle the controversial issue of speed cameras being used to generate income from the motorist rather than improve road safety. Instead, Conservatives have outlined ways that dangerous driving can be reduced, without penalising law-abiding drivers.

Mr Ruffley explained:

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