Brexit, building and borders top of agenda

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BREXIT, immigration and development were the main subjects on conversation at an MP’s first town hall meeting.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes gave her constituents the chance to grill her on any topic at the event last night at the Victory Hall, in Warsash.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes held her first town hall meeting at Victory Hall in Warsash''last night

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes held her first town hall meeting at Victory Hall in Warsash''last night

The meeting had an open invitation and about 30 residents went along to let the MP know about issues, and to get her take on a range of national problems.

Warsash resident Graham Buckett wanted to get Miss Fernandes’ views on the EU and on the current under-usage of Fareham Community Hospital. He said: ‘I found her very interesting in all that she talked about. It was useful and informative.’

Miss Fernandes said she believed Britain would be better if it voted to leave the EU in June’s referendum as it would open up trade routes with other countries such as those in Africa.

She said: ‘It is a fallacy to believe the EU is our only option for trade and jobs. If we were independent we could exploit and explore our relationship with countries that are currently under-explored.’

She said that she hoped Britain would become like Switzerland which is one of the richest countries in the world.

Miss Fernandes said she was keen to see more work take place at the community hospital in Sarisbury Green and that she had been in talks with the Fareham and Gosport CCG about how that could happen.

Another topic of discussion was immigration, with questions raised about how the country could control its border better.

Miss Fernandes said: ‘There’s a real concern about returning the integrity of our borders and that reinforces my decision to support leaving the European Union.’

Newly-elected Fareham West councillor Tina Ellis went to the meeting to hear Miss Fernandes’ view on local development.

Miss Fernandes said she supported new town Welborne as it had been planned properly, but said she had raised concerns about North Whiteley and its impact on the roads.

Miss Fernandes hailed the meeting as a success and said she would hold more every three months at different locations across Fareham.