West Norfolk MP pledges to pursue local priorities with new Prime Minister
North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has welcomed the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative leader and vowed to pursue vital local interests with the new Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson's election was confirmed earlier today and he will take up office tomorrow.
In a statement, Sir Henry said: “I wish him all the very best as he will now almost certainly become our next Prime Minister when Theresa May goes to Buckingham Palace to hand in her resignation.”
“Following on from Boris Johnson’s overwhelming victory among the MPs, this is an equally strong endorsement by the membership.”
“Obviously the number one priority is getting Brexit over the line. I am very confident Boris will be able to “reset the dial” and get a variant of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement over the line.
“I also strongly believe that there will now be a very great deal of goodwill towards Boris, but I would urge all of my Parliamentary colleagues to at least give him every possible chance of delivering a negotiated Brexit.
"Indeed, no one wants a no-deal Brexit, but it would be a big negotiating error to rule it out.”
“I will also be seeking an early meeting with the Prime Minister to impress upon him Norfolk’s own priorities, and above all, the need for major infrastructure improvements: dualling of the A47, further improvements to the rail services between King’s Lynn and London, and significant improvements to both broadband and mobile phone signals.
"My constituency has many world class businesses, and they all have very bright futures, so we owe it to them to support them in this way.”
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