James Cartlidge is MP for South Suffolk

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James Cartlidge is MP for South Suffolk and a member of the Conservative party.

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Itโ€™s now for certain - in July weโ€™ll legislate to increase most criminal legal aid fees by 15%.

New rates apply from 30 Sept 2022 to schemes inc: police station; magistrates; AGFS & parts of LGFS.ย Good news for criminal barristers & solicitors. My stmt๐Ÿ‘‡


The UK will provide an additional ยฃ1 billion of military support to Ukraine.

This will go towards capabilities including sophisticated air defence systems, innovative new electronic warfare equipment and vital kit for Ukrainian soldiers. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


On Friday it was great to visit the @MillKersey, home to a growing number of local SMEs. Also really interesting to see the mill wheel itself & hear about the siteโ€™s redevelopment.

Brilliant visit today to @SbNResort - particularly interesting to see the young apple orchard at @BoxfordFarms and hear about their plans for continued growth.

In yesterdayโ€™s Westminster Hall debate on โ€˜repeat offendingโ€™, I underlined how our extra investment in community payback โ€“ especially through Unpaid Work โ€“ will help to ensure that justice is seen to be done in our communities. @MoJGovUK

Our modern Bill of Rights will strengthen the UK tradition of freedom of speech, and better protect the public from dangerous criminals.

We are restoring a health dose of common sense into the justice system. โคต

Really disappointing to see how much disruption the rail strikes have caused this week โ€“ but our ability to cope, by working from home where possible, has been greatly boosted by the extent of local broadband rollout.


Good to meet Energy Minister @GregHands last night with my #OffSET colleagues from Essex, Suffolk & Norfolk. We continue to express our concerns about @NationalGridโ€™s East Anglia GREEN consultation.

The reform of criminal legal aid is an absolute priority. That's why we are working as fast as possible to lay legislation in July to increase fees for solicitors and criminal barristers by the end of September.

Very positive to get a first look at the @BaberghDistrict Sudbury Vision. If youโ€™d like to come along, it is there today and tomorrow, 9am to 3pm in the Town Hall @TownOfSudbury

Enjoyed meeting the team at Bristol Crown Court, working hard to drive recovery. A particular pleasure to chat with Listing Officers, clerks & other staff of many years service - only possible because of dedication to the criminal justice system that I totally admire. @MoJGovUK

Really important new support package for sexual offence victims launched today:
๐Ÿ”ทExtra ยฃ6.6m/yr for victim services
๐Ÿ”ทNew regional โ€˜CJS Dashboardsโ€™ toโฌ†๏ธtransparency
๐Ÿ”ทSpecialist support pilots for rape victims (3 cts)

Great example of cross-Govt work.

National Grid accused of โ€˜green-washingโ€™ over consultation for proposed power pylons running through Suffolk countryside https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/sudbury/news/overhead-pylons-plan-consultation-blatantly-biased-and-irre-9258253/

1 week to go until National Gridโ€™s consultation on East Anglia GREEN closes. I would encourage all of my affected constituents to respond. You can do so here๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Or email EastAngliaGREEN@nationalgrid.com

Exams are underway for the first time in two years. Over this period young people have shown incredible resilience.

It would be a crying shame if rail unions were to actively prevent some pupils from travelling to their exams later this month just to suit their political ends.

Our consultation on the Criminal Legal Aid Review is closed. Thanks to everyone who provided constructive feedback on the future of the sector.

We will respond as soon as possible so we can implement the final proposals, including increased funding for practitioners. @MoJGovUK

I reiterate my April statement backing the PM for the big strategic decisions heโ€™s got right on the pandemic & Ukraine, two of the most mammoth postwar challenges that weโ€™ve faced as a nation: http://www.jamescartlidge.com/news/my-statement-downing-street-fpns

We're helping thousands more families to resolve their disputes without the ordeal of going to court โ€“ with an extra ยฃ5.4m invested into our mediation voucher scheme.

This will also ensure family courts can focus on the most serious cases.


Wishing my constituents a wonderful #PlatinumJubilee as we celebrate Her Majestyโ€™s 70 years of extraordinary public service.ย 

And huge thanks to those who will be working throughout, staffing hospitals & hospitality.

God save the Queen!

We want to do even more to support victims across the justice system.

Proposals in our Means Test Review would make millions more people eligible for legal aid.

The consultation closes on 7th June. Have your say here ๐Ÿ‘‡


Anyone facing the agonising risk of losing their home will have access to free, early legal advice โ€“ thanks to our housing legal aid reforms.

People will also receive more support to help with any wider money & welfare issues that they face. @MoJGovUK


Brilliant news that @Brooklands_CO11 in Brantham & @ChelmoPrimary in Chelmondiston have both been awarded funding from this yearโ€™s ยฃ498 million Condition Improvement Fund. This money is to help support the safety of their schools. @educationgovuk

We will send a one-off ยฃ650 cost of living payment directly to around eight million of the lowest income households.

Worth over ยฃ5 billion, there will be no need for people to fill out forms โ€“ we will send the payment straight into bank accounts.

We have secured a building to transform into our new Tribunal Centre in the heart of London.

It will be a modern, specially designed location for cases to be heard in the city for years to come. @twocitiesnickie


SIx of the region's MPs have written a joint letter to the government over plans for a pylon network which cuts through the Suffolk and Essex countryside. https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/business/mps-letter-for-government-east-anglia-green-pylons-8984918

Fantastic visit to a growing local manufacturing business @SkarPrecision who produce a huge range of products, from life supporting health equipment to monopoly game pieces. Delighted that theyโ€™ll be expanding due to over ยฃ200K of @NewAngliaLEP funding.

My letter with MP colleagues to Energy Minister @greghands asking that offshore transmission options be included in @nationalgriduk East Anglia GREEN pylon consultation.

Fantastic to meet the team at Wembley Police Station, where they are trialling an opt-out service of legal advice for juveniles.

Officers tell me itโ€™s reducing the time young people are spending unnecessarily in custody, and helping to speed up cases through the justice system.

Good to meet local farmers in Assington today, together with @NFUtweets & @NFUEastAnglia, chatting about issues including ELMs, dry weather & input prices.

Remains as important as ever to engage with those that we rely on to produce our food.

Really interesting meeting with @LancsPCC Deputy Andy Pratt MBE in @MoJ today, discussing criminal justice & courts matters.

Pleased to hear about positive impact of ISVAs & lots of joined up working with local CJS partners.

This March saw the highest number of cases dealt with in the Crown Court in a single month since the start of the pandemic, and the number of outstanding cases is now at its lowest in 12 months.

Our measures are bearing down on the backlog.


Today we launched a Reportersโ€™ Charter in partnership with Media Lawyers Association and @EditorsUK. It promotes open justice and transparency in our justice system by helping the media to access the information they need to keep the public informed.


In todayโ€™s #QueensSpeech, HRH The Prince of Wales announced our plan to table a Bill of Rights in this session.

It will strengthen our traditions of liberty, particularly the right to free speech, while adding a healthy dose of common sense & curtailing abuses of the system.

We will never tolerate Russian oligarchs or anyone else abusing our laws & courts to silence critics.

Weโ€™re taking action to protect free speech & our free press โ€“ legal professionals have an important role to play in this fight.

@lawsocgazette article๐Ÿ‘‡

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