‘Tory Norfolk 8’ pledge to work together to be county champions
Norfolk’s Infrastructure, health and education, a digital revolution in the county, and some blue sky thinking were discussed when Tory Norfolk MPs met in Westminster.
Keen to ensure the county has a prominent place at the table in any future Government spending rounds, the message being made to ministers is that the county’s MPs will be a vocal voice in the corridors of power, championing all that is great in Norfolk.
A focus on the A47, ensuring Ely rail junction is upgraded, Norwich in Ninety, half-hourly train services, broadband and mobile phone connectivity, hospitals fit for purpose, support for mental health, access to GPs, adequate bus provision across the whole of the county, protecting coastal communities and the environment, celebrating the tourism offer plus thriving towns and villages with good jobs and schools form the focus of the MPs’ to do list.
In the election, the Conservatives won eight out of nine Norfolk seats, with only Clive Lewis’ Norwich South seat escaping their clutches.
Attending the meeting in were Liz Truss, Chloe Smith, George Freeman, Jerome Mayhew, James Wild, with support fed into the meeting from Brandon Lewis, Richard Bacon and Duncan Baker.
South West Norfolk MP Ms Truss said: “We have hunted as a pack in the past, and to great effectiveness, and we will do it again.
“We have the ambition and drive to ensure Norfolk has a prominent voice in Westminster, so it is great that we have the new Conservative MPs James Wild, Jerome Mayhew and Duncan Baker all championing the cause too.
“Trains, buses, excellent mobile phone signals and broadband availability are all priorities, along with health and education, supporting business to grow.”
North West Norfolk MP Mr Wild said: “As a new MP, I want to play my part in championing the investment Norfolk needs in roads, rail, broadband, and our towns and villages to level up.
“By working together we can ensure good health services and better schools and make Norfolk an even better place to live, work, and visit.”
Mr Mayhew, the new MP for Broadland, which covers Fakenham, said: “We are going to pool our resources to fight for Norfolk, to get the attention from government that Norfolk deserves.
“Whilst I am delighted to be joined in Westminster by so many colleagues from the North, we will be making sure that Norfolk is not overlooked, developing a powerful case for improving our county.”
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