FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER FROM MATT HANCOCK MP
Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk
A Big Announcement
I have very exciting news – I am the first MP to have my own app. The Matt Hancock app was launched officially on Thursday, 1st February with news about it in the local and national press, as well as on my social media platforms. This app will be a huge step forward in creating a digital community for all of us here in West Suffolk to discuss the issues affecting our communities and our country.
I hope you will download this free app either thought the Apple app store or through the Google Play store - just search for “Matt Hancock MP”. Through the app, you will be able to be the first to hear my announcements and be alerted to news affecting West Suffolk. But most importantly, this app will give you the platform in which to get in touch with me and the other users of the app to discuss the issues that are most important to you.
This app is the first of a kind to be used by a politician in the UK - it’s the future for how MPs can stay in touch with their constituents. I would love for you to download it today.
I was delighted to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as the Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Having been the Digital Minister for the past 18 months, it is an area I know and love. DCMS responsibilities include the things that make life worth living. It covers areas such as arts and culture, broadcasting, creative industries, heritage and historic environment, libraries, media ownership and mergers, museums and galleries, the National Lottery, sport and tourism. And, of course, in the Digital department it covers broadband, the tech industry and the future of the internet.
It's an exciting part of the government's agenda - and it's been a great start so far. The Department has a mix of new and returning ministers - I'm very lucky to be working with such fantastic colleagues. Pictured: Michael Ellis MP, Margot James MP, Matt Hancock MP, Tracey Crouch MP and Lord Ashton of Hyde.
In West Suffolk
I understand the pressures on local NHS services, especially GP services in Haverhill. I’m working hard with everyone concerned. The pressures over winter are significant, even with some big increases in funding.
We have seen two good pieces of local news. First, West Suffolk hospital in Bury St Edmunds is one of just seven general hospitals to be judged 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission. This is a real testament to the hardworking hospital staff and to their Chief Executive, Stephen Dunn. And second, GP services in Haverhill are now available 9am-5pm on a Saturday too. I’ll keep working with the local NHS to do everything we can to deliver better healthcare across West Suffolk.
ONE Haverhill Apprenticeship Awards
I had the great privilege of presenting ONE Haverhill Apprenticeship Awards which celebrate the success and the achievements of those undertaking an apprenticeship and the Haverhill companies who invest in apprentices. Well done to all the winners.
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Tour of the Houses of Parliament
Would you like to take a tour of the House of Commons? Tours during the morning are free for groups of up to twenty-five people. I’m always happy to arrange tours, but please do allow three months’ notice, as they are very popular. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. If you are affiliated with a school, then you might be interested in a visit to the Parliamentary Education Centre. http://www.parliament.uk/education/
I am always keen to hear about the issues, both local and national, which matter most to you. Please do get in touch if you feel I can be of any assistance.
Office of Matt Hancock MP
House of Commons
telephone: 0207 219 7186
Swan Lane Business Park
Suffolk CB8 7FN
telephone: 01638 577 390