Coffey makes maiden speech

Suffolk Coastal MP proud

SUFFOLK COASTAL: New MP Therese Coffey told the House of Commons that she proud to be the first ever woman to be elected in the county.

Making her maiden speech, Therese Coffey used the occasion not only to praise her predecessor John Gummer but to point out what makes her part of Suffolk special.

“The defining feature of my constituency is its coastline, with its delightful tourist hot spots of Aldeburgh and Southwold. However, the coastline - along with the estuaries - is really suffering from erosion.”

She told ministers that she would be “fighting hard to change the policies at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which seems happy to allow parts of my constituency simply to wash away into the sea.”

For a fuller version of Ms Coffey’s maiden speech, see tomorrow’s Evening Star.