Most people support Welborne plan says new Fareham MP Suella Fernandes

NEW MP Suella Fernandes
NEW MP Suella Fernandes
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SUPPORT for proposed town Welborne was shown by the rise in people voting Conservative, according to the new MP for Fareham.

Barrister Suella Fernandes was elected to represent Fareham in the early hours of yesterday.

One particularly hot topic of debate in Fareham was the subject of housing development and the building of a proposed 6,000-home town called Welborne on fields north of the town.

A public inquiry was held last year where independent government inspector David Hogger was assessing the plan for ‘soundness’. Should he find the plan ‘sound’ then the town will go ahead.

Ms Fernandes said: ‘We are expecting the final report imminently.

‘The majority of people that I have spoken to over the course of the campaign have been in favour of Welborne because they understand the benefits in terms of infrastructure, roads investment, schools and other services that are going to be improved.

‘It will meet the shortage of housing that we are facing, not only in the country but also in Fareham where there are over 1,000 people on the waiting list.

‘I believe that the majority of people here in Fareham are in support of it.’

The 34-year-old, who specialises in planning law, was selected to represent the Tories after former MP Mark Hoban stepped down from the post.

She won with a 22,262 majority making her the first female MP in Fareham and giving the Tories their best result since Peter Lloyd in 1992.

Ms Fernandes said she was ‘honoured and humbled’.

She said: ‘Many people have come forward with particular cases that they would like me to work on and be a spokesman for them within the benefits systems, housing system, land use and education. I hope to now directly turn my mind to those cases and really be an advocate for them.’

Ms Fernandes said she would quit her barrister job to work full-time in her constituency, where she recently moved to with her family.

Ukip’s Malcolm Jones, who was staunchly against Welborne, came in second place with 8,427 votes.

Stuart Rose for Labour was third with 7,800 votes, which knocked Lib Dem’s Matthew Winnington into fourth spot with 4,814 votes. Greens were fifth with Miles Grindey, sixth was independent Nick Gregory. Seventh was independent Harvey Hines.