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Ros Scott: Campaigning over recess in Colchester, Cambridge, Norwich South and North Norfolk (via Lib Dem Voice)

Baroness Ros Scott
Baroness Ros Scott

Despite what you hear in the press about a “zombie” Parliament, life in Westminster has been pretty busy for the Lib Dem team in the House of Lords. We’ve secured important improvements to the Counter Terrorism legislation, used the Deregulation Bill to reintroduce Sarah Teather’s provisions on retaliatory eviction, introduced measures dealing with revenge porn, and done battle with the Tory dinosaurs seeking to derail Michael Moore’s Bill intended to enshrine the principle that 0.7% of our wealth goes to the poorest overseas countries.

But this last week we, like the Commons, have been in recess, and many of us have been out and about campaigning with colleagues seeking re-election in May. And why wouldn’t we? Not only are we committed to our Party and its success, but many of us have been elected as Councillors or MPs and know how important an extra pair of feet can be! Some of my colleagues fought unsuccessfully for years to be elected to Parliament, and in doing so, laid the groundwork for their successors.

For me, recess means being at home in Suffolk where we are busy not just supporting our neighbours in Colchester, Cambridge, Norwich South and North Norfolk, but defending council seats in all-out District elections. For me, this one is personal, as it was winning Needham Market ward in 1991 which started my political career, and I want to make sure that the hard work of our current team is recognised.

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Letter of the Lords 2 February 2015

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Ros Scott: The Spirit of Philanthropy (via Lib Dem Voice)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market
Baroness Scott of Needham Market

Three hours passed in the House of Lords yesterday without a single party political point made by any of the 21 speakers taking part in the discussion. The occasion for this unusual occurrence was my debate on the contribution made to society by the voluntary and charitable sector, held as one of three Liberal Democrat sponsored debates taking place yesterday.

Charitable giving from the public has held up remarkably well despite the long recession, although we should all be concerned that what my colleague Baroness Claire Tyler calls “the civic core” is ageing and shrinking. Public sector money has seen a steady decrease as budgets have tightened, whilst demand has increased, leaving the voluntary sector with the challenge of how to do more with less.

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Baroness Ros Scott: Seconding the Humble Address

Baroness Scott of Needham Market
Baroness Scott of Needham Market

My Lords, I beg to second my noble friend’s Motion for an humble Address. It is an enormous privilege to have been asked to speak this afternoon. Historically, the honour of seconding the Motion for an humble Address is given to fairly new and up-and-coming Members of your Lordships’ House, so having entered my 15th year here, it is really good to hit the ground running.

This is always a great day in the House and it is an astonishing thought that no one under the age of 62 has lived in the reign of a monarch other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Her record of dedicated service to the nation, now well into its ninth decade, is both remarkable and a genuine inspiration to the nation.

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Ros Scott: East Anglia is a powerhouse – so invest in its rail network

Today in the chamber Baroness Ros Scott will ask the Government what plans it has for investment in the rail network in East Anglia. Despite being a powerhouse of growth, she writes here, it has seen a woeful lack of investment in its infrastructure

Baroness Ros Scott
Baroness Ros Scott

The East of England is one of only two regions to make a net contribution to the Exchequer and has, for some time, been a quiet powerhouse of economic growth.

Debates about connecting the English regions rarely focus on places like Norwich, Cambridge and Chelmsford. Nor is the contribution to the economy of London made by the tens of thousands who commute from the south of the region into London each day fully recognised. Since the main line to Norwich was electrified almost 40 years ago, there has been a woeful lack of investment in both track and rolling stock, and persistent problems with the franchise has made life difficult for the region and is hindering further growth.

The solution doesn’t lie in megabucks projects like High Speed 2. We need investment in unglamorous projects such as a passing point at Wickham Market to enable a better service to run in East Suffolk and unblock the bottleneck north of Ely. Felixstowe is now the fourth largest container port in the world and the owners are keen to run more containers out by rail, but are held back by the poor quality of parts of the line between the port and the West Midlands.

Ever since I got into local government in Suffolk in 1991, we have been campaigning for the re-opening of the East-West link between Cambridge and Oxford. Not, I hasten to add, anything to do with the ‘varsities, but because it links the East of England to the Midlands and South West without going through congested North London lines.

Finally, we need to watch out for the branch lines. They are essential for the prosperity of many of our smaller towns such as Harwich, Sudbury, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.  Many are well run community  rail partnerships but are badly in need of modest investment.

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