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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has been praised for helping council house residents improve their homes.

She was contacted by residents at houses and flats on Grafton Street and Estella Road in Buckland.

They told her their doors and windows rattled in windy weather and left them in sub-zero temperatures in the winter.

She said: ‘I went to visit and some of them had to block the edges of thier doors with newspaper. They had to live in single rooms in their homes because it was too cold.

‘I took their problem to the city council and I’m really pleased the council has spent money replacing the doors. They hadn’t been replaced for 40 years or so.’

The residents arranged to make a surprise presentation of flowers and chocolates, after tricking Ms Mordaunt into a visit to ‘inspect’ the new doors and windows.

Resident Audrey Arnell said: ‘Penny and Cllr James Williams have been brilliant in our campaign to get replacement doors and windows.

‘They are devoted to doing good for the community. We wanted to show our appreciation to Penny. She turned up not knowing what problem she was about to face. She certainly wasn’t expecting flowers.

‘She’s been brilliant and residents are well pleased with her.’

Cllr Williams added: ‘Penny made all the difference in our fight to get funding. This shows that politics does work.’