Peter Aldous is the Member of Parliament for the Waveney constituency in North Suffolk and has been the MP since being elected in the 2010 General Election.
In Parliament Peter’s work has focused on energy policy, the future of the East Anglian fishing industry, support for small businesses, housing and local infrastructure projects. He has brought forward reforms to the park homes sector through the Mobile Homes Act to help protect often vulnerable and elderly residents. Peter’s constituency takes in the coastal town of Lowestoft, the most easterly point of the United Kingdom where urban regeneration is a key issue.
Peter was first elected as a councillor to Waveney District Council in 1999, serving until 2002. He was a member of Suffolk County Council between 2001 and 2005 and was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group from 2002 until 2005.
Peter Aldous was born in Ipswich and has lived in North Suffolk most of his life. Before entering Parliament, he helped look after the family pig and arable farm outside Halesworth and worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Norwich and Ipswich.
Peter relaxes by following most sports and has been an Ipswich Town season ticket holder for many years. A keen squash player, when not working he looks to be on court most evenings at the Beccles Sports Centre.
Waveney, located in North East Suffolk, is the most easterly constituency in Britain and comprises Lowestoft, the market towns of Beccles and Bungay, the former fishing village of Kessingland and numerous other villages.
Peter Aldous’s top priority is to help attract diverse and interesting jobs into Waveney. He comments: “In the first instance national government must cut red tape and simplify the taxation system so as to provide every incentive for people to set up their own businesses. In Waveney I believe that we should make use of those skills that are already here. For instance the renewable energy sector provides an exciting opportunity for utilising the skills built up over many years in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Whilst farming, fishing and tourism will be different in the future than they have been in the past, the government must help them to diversify and develop in more varied ways.
With regard to tourism, Lowestoft is in a unique position being the most easterly point in Britain, with access to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and the sea, whilst Beccles is the southern gateway to the Broads. These are advantages that we must not shirk from extolling in promoting the area as a great holiday destination”.