I am writing to you to encourage you, as a resident of one of South Suffolk's notorious 'not spots' to add your name to a petition tat I intend to submit to the government, calling for better mobile phone coverage in South Suffolk. Specifically, it calls for a new round of funding for the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which has previously provided money from central Government for new mobile phone masts in rural 'not spots' - i.e. where there is little or no signal but where a new mast would not normally be commercially viable. Of course, any new masts MUST be appropriately sited and the normal planning process applies - but I would stress that this funding offers the only way that some villages will overcome bad signal in the near future. Most importantly, the Budget is in mid-March and many other causes will be seeking funding; I am therefore asking for your help to make sure that our voice is heard!

How you can help
A copy of the petition has been sent to the Parish Council and they will be making it available for you to sign over the next couple of weeks. Please may I encourage you to add your name to the petition: only with a strong local response can we hope to make the case to finally have the dire mobile coverage in South Suffolk remedied. The deadline is 4th March, so to make it as easy as possible for you to show your support I have also made the petition available to sign online at the following URL:

If you have any questions about the petition please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by email on or phone 020 7219 4875.

Thank you again for your help in this important matter - I hope that together we can finally bring South Suffolk's mobile coverage into the 21st Century!

Yours sincerely,
James Cartlidge
Member of Parliament for South Suffolk