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Healthcare and transport are priorities for Matthew Hancock

By Sammi Nice

Matthew Hancock
Matthew Hancock

After retaining his West Suffolk seat, Matthew Hancock has set out his priorities for the area.

Speaking to the Echo, Mr Hancock, who has also been appointed as minister for the Cabinet Office, said he was, first and foremost, a representative of west Suffolk.

He said improving the region’s transport infrastructure and health care provision were top of his list of priorities.

“It’s been a hard-fought election,” said Mr Hancock.

“It is great to have been re-elected.

“We want to continue bringing jobs and investment to the area. I want the number of apprenticeships to go up and unemployment to go down.

“I think the two most important issues in the area are transport and health care.

“I have already spoken to Lucy Frazer [MP for south east Cambridgeshire] about how we can work together to improve the A1307.

“We need the right infrastructure in proportion to the population, especially with the new developments in town. It’s the same with health care.

“I’ll be following up on the equipment that’s been promised for Haverhill.”

Matthew Hancock retained his Suffolk West seat with a majority of nearly 15,000.

Thirty-six-year-old Mr Hancock, who first won the seat at the last election in 2010 with a majority of more than 13,000 ,thanked his supporters for all their hard work.

UKIP’s Julian Flood polled 10,700, pushing Labour’s Michael Jefferys into third place with 8,604.

The Greens’ Niall L’Estrange Pettitt came fourth with 1,779 votes, with the Liberal Democrats’ Elfreda Tealby-Watson coming fifth with 2,465.

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