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MPs given top roles in Government - as new Bury St Edmunds MP arrives at Westminster

Matthew Hancock, Liz Truss and Jo Churchill ANL-151105-163608001
Matthew Hancock, Liz Truss and Jo Churchill ANL-151105-163608001

Two MPs from Suffolk and Norfolk have been given top jobs in the new Conservative Government - as Bury St Edmunds’ first female MP arrives at Westminster.

Prime Minister David Cameron today confirmed that West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock, formerly Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy, is now Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General overseeing efficiency and civil service reform.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss continues as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Meanwhile, Jo Churchill, who became Bury’s first female MP last week after securing 31,815 of the 59,566 votes cast, has arrived at Westminster.

She said: “You can only imagine the sheer honour it is to have the Houses of Parliament infront of you and think I’m going to work there, represent people and what they need and fight for what’s right.”

When asked by the Bury Free Press what she hopes to achieve in her first 100 days in office, Mrs Churchill said: “The priority is head down and work hard.

“It’s that I’m accessible, I have a strong local presence, I show that I’ve listened and that I’m taking that voice of Bury St Edmunds to Westminster and not the other way around.”

Issues raised to her during the campaign which she wants to address include better broadband coverage and housing.

She said: “Some places in the constituency have no broadband.

“I have businesses talking about not being able to expand because of the paucity of broadband.

“It’s hugely important to make sure we drive forward with our housing agenda so we’ve got appropriate housing for everybody in the right place.

“We’ve got an aging population. We probably neeed more starter homes and more homes where people can look to downsize.”

On being Bury’s first female MP and an increase in female MPs at Westminster, she said: “I highlighted that in my acceptance speech because for me, particularly with four daughters, it’s an incredible thing to be one of those women who will hopefully make this place more equitable. The numbers are better this time going in so it brings better balance and is more representative.”


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