SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER FROM
MATT HANCOCK MP
Here’s a snapshot of what's been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk
This has been quite a summer – unlike any I have ever known. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy the amazing weather we have had. In the village of Santon Downham in West Suffolk, we had the highest recorded temperature this year, when on 23 July it reached 33.3 degrees Celsius. Most of us have really enjoyed the incredibly hot and sunny weather, but spare a thought for the farming community in the area, who have had to contend with the extreme weather and much less rainfall than of usual. I have been so lucky to have spent most of the summer in West Suffolk during the Parliamentary recess. It’s been great to get round and see so many constituents on a more informal and relaxed basis. It’s almost time to get back to work in Westminster…but it was a truly memorable summer.
Consent for organ and tissue donation
We have outlined plans to implement a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in order to tackle a shortage of donors. This will mean everyone is considered an organ donor unless they have explicitly recorded a wish not to be or they are from one of these excluded groups: children under 18, individuals who lack the mental capacity to understand the changes and people who have not lived in England for at least 12 months before their death. The proposed new system is expected to come into effect in England in spring 2020 as part of a drive to help people waiting for a life-saving transplant.
In West Suffolk
The latest development on the proposed cinema for Newmarket is that now that the £50,000 viability report has been completed, the cinema will be discussed by the leaders of Forest Heath District Council by the end of the year. I have long campaigned for a much-wanted cinema for Newmarket – it looks as though things are moving ahead and there is real progress on this issue.
Work on the long-awaited traffic lights at Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills is due to start this month and should be completed by late November. I have been committed to addressing the safety and congestion issues at this junction, so it’s fantastic news that real improvements will be made to Fiveways very soon.
Download the Matt Hancock app
The Matt Hancock app was launched officially in February with a huge amount of media attention. Around 10,000 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.
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
Office of Matt Hancock MP
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