MY WEEK: West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock describes his week

MP Matthew Hancock
MP Matthew Hancock
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MONDAY: This week will be quite different from a normal one because on Wednesday the Chancellor will announce the Spending Review. A lot of the day will be taken up finalising details about my areas of responsibility and in particular Apprenticeships.


I have received a letter from Network Rail about the railway crossing in Brandon about which I hosted a public meeting earlier in the month with Liz Truss MP. Network Rail has agreed to take action to fix the rail crossing. They have also said that they would fund a bridge to replace the crossing as part of a long term relief road, which is a big step forward. In the afternoon I am speaking to the South Norfolk Conservative Association about the economy and what we are doing to support growth.


I spend every Wednesday morning in my Parliamentary office doing constituency casework, replying to letters from constituents, planning surgeries and discussing anything that has happened in West Suffolk that needs attention. In the afternoon I’ll go to Prime Minister’s Questions before the Chancellor makes his statement about the Spending Review.


Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is announcing the details of the capital spending on infrastructure. I am hopeful that we can take advantage of this in West Suffolk and one of my top priorities is the Brandon relief road. Combined with the letter from Network Rail I feel like there has been really significant progress on the relief road this week.


Normally I spend Friday out and about in Suffolk. It’s a blessed relief to listen to constituents and put time spent in Westminster into context. I’ll often visit businesses or schools, or meet Councillors to talk about specific local issues. I also hold surgeries in Haverhill, Newmarket, Mildenhall or Brandon. Then I like to spend the weekend in Suffolk before returning to Westminster for Monday.