Here’s a snapshot of what's been happening in West Suffolk and Westminster.



In West Suffolk

Free Wi-Fi comes to Newmarket

Free Wi-Fi has come to Newmarket town centre. It extends the length of the town centre and has been made possible by a generous planning contribution from Forest Heath District Council. It will allow visitors to Newmarket unlimited browsing from their smart phones. This is excellent news for the town’s businesses and also for the people who shop in and spend their leisure time in Newmarket.

Question Time

Last week, I was a panellist on the BBC’s Question Time in Bury St Edmunds.  It can be viewed on BBC iPlayer here. What a fantastic experience, the issues of the day were robustly debated, with excellent questions from the audience.

Haverhill by-election


We have two brilliant candidates, Elaine McManus in Haverhill North and Robin Pilley in Haverhill East are standing for the council on Thursday, 3 May in the by-election.  Elaine and Robin have my support – I hope they have yours, too. Along with Haverhill Mayor David Roach (pictured), both Elaine and Robin will be terrific councillors, representing the people of Haverhill.

New building at Samuel Ward Academy


It was very exciting to be at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill to learn about the ambitious building project being undertaken at the school and I’m delighted that the building work has started.  The new building, when completed in the spring of 2019, will replace two old teaching blocks. But this is great news for the school and the students and it is another clear sign that Haverhill is a town on the up.

In Westminster

Government launches AI fund


An AI Sector Deal has been launched, worth almost £1bn between government and more than 50 leading technology companies. This investment will keep the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence industry. This includes 1000 new government funded AI Phds, making the UK a leader in AI research.

UK-India Tech Partnership


An ambitious new UK-India Tech Partnership is expected to generate significant investment and support the creation of thousands of new jobs across the UK.  The UK exported £358m of digital services to India in 2015 and this partnership will pave the way for future successes in this industry and provide markets for British and Indian entrepreneurs from small and medium sized businesses.

Download the Matt Hancock app


The Matt Hancock app was launched officially in February with a huge amount of media attention. Over 9000 people have downloaded the app, and the number of users continues to rise significantly every day.  This app is a real 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.



 In addition to the Matt Hancock app, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I can now be found on Snapchat. My username is matthancockmp or use the Snapcode above.

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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 for further information.  If you are affiliated with a school, then you might be interested in a visit to the Parliamentary Education Centre.

Contact Details
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.

Westminster Office
Office of Matt Hancock MP
House of Commons
telephone: 0207 219 7186

West Suffolk
Constituency Office

Office of Matt Hancock MP
Unit 8
Swan Lane Business Park
telephone: 01638 577 390