Each month, Duncan will provide an update on his work both in Westminster and in his North Norfolk constituency.
I would like to start by thanking all those who voted for me in the recent General Election. A 14,000-strong majority was a clear mandate from North Norfolk to get Brexit done, and to move forward with addressing the many important issues you talked to me about during the election campaign.
I’m pleased to say that within weeks I’m doing just that. The EU Withdrawal Agreement has been passed and, on the 31st January, we will leave the European Union with the votes of the 58.9% in North Norfolk finally respected.
Both locally and in Westminster, my team is taking shape. I’m proud to have a constituency office in North Walsham – where I have had so much support during the last year. Soon I will look forward to hosting regular surgeries around the constituency.
North Norfolk will be my first priority. In these first few weeks I have hit the ground running, working hard on behalf of many constituents. You may have seen me asking questions in the House about improving our ambulance response times, protecting our farming community, the environment, and what the government is doing to help our High Streets.
I have met with Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to discuss the urgent issues surrounding ambulance response times, the need for improved facilities at Cromer Hospital (with additional mental health support), and met with local ambulance staff to discuss their concerns and learn how we might provide a more responsive ambulance service for this area. This is being followed up by meeting with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital chiefs: I want to see our Accident & Emergency unit radically improved, which will benefit many North Norfolk residents.
I have been made the Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on moving towards carbon Net Zero, and am meeting with ministers to urge them to help the farming community who are under serious threat, with some of their irrigation licences being revoked.
Of course, every day, I’m helping many people with queries and issues, and am loving meeting incredible constituents all around North Norfolk who do so much for their communities.
There is much to do, but I am enjoying representing you and trying to make our lives better in our wonderful North Norfolk home.
I look forward to seeing you soon.