Haverhill's mayor welcomes the appointment of town's MP as the new Health Secretary
The Mayor of Haverhill has congratulated the town's MP Matt Hancock on his appointment as the Health Secretary and said he hopes he can have some influence in improving local health services.
Mr Hancock, previously Culture Secretary, has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle of her top team.
He replaces Jeremy Hunt, who has been named as the new Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson quit over Mrs May's Brexit strategy.
Speaking about Mr Hancock's appointment, Cllr Tony Brown said: "I just want to congratulate him really.
"It's a top job and it's a huge thing for Haverhill to have actually got a senior member of the Cabinet as our MP.
"We are all watching with interest because he is now the Health Secretary and we all know the problems Haverhill has had recently with the cuts to health care.
"He is acutely aware of that and he's been at numerous meetings and the feedback he gets from people in Haverhill, that is reflected across the country.
"Similar towns across the country are suffering the same things, a shortage of doctors etc and he knows this, so hopefully he can fight our corner.
"He is under no illusions about what's going on on the ground in Haverhill and hopefully he will have some influence.
"I wish him well."
Speaking of his new job, Mr Hancock, who has been the MP for West Suffolk since 2010, said: “It’s an honour to be appointed Health Secretary at such an important time for our great NHS.
"I can’t wait to get stuck in and work with brilliant doctors, nurses and medical professionals across the country.”