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Haverhill’s next mayor pledges healthcare fight

New mayor, Betty McLatchy
New mayor, Betty McLatchy

The fight for better health care provision in Haverhill is a top priority for the town’s new mayor.

Cllr Betty McLatchy has been named as Haverhill’s next mayor and is expected to take over from previous incumbent, Roger André.

Speaking to the Echo, Cllr McLatchy said the was pleased to represent the town and would be working hard to campaign for a cottage hospital for Haverhill.

“I feel honoured to have been chosen,” said Cllr McLatchy. “For people to put their trust in me is lovely.

“I love Haverhill and I’d like to spend the rest of my life here. The people are wonderful.

“My priority is health care for Haverhill. I will be campaigning for a cottage hospital or a proper walk-in centre.”

Cllr McLatchy, who represents Haverhill at St Edmundsbury Borough Council as well as Haverhill town council, said she will work alongside Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, to push for better health provision.

“Matt’s a lovely guy,” she said. “He always backs me up. He’s a good man and he loves Haverhill.

“Being on the borough as well as the town council, I’ll be able to make good contacts. I think I’ve got enough past experience to bring to the role.”

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