THE new MP for Fareham Suella Fernandes has spoken about her first week in Westminster.
The 34-year-old barrister from London, who won her seat with a majority of 22,262, said: ‘I was delighted to be elected and am grateful for the vote of confidence that the people of Fareham placed in me. I hope to do my best to speak up for them.
‘The first week involved a full schedule of induction courses to the procedures in the House of Commons, the details of legislative overview and scrutiny, which makes up a large part of the work of MPs, and the practicalities surrounding the establishment of a parliamentary office.
‘There is still much to do to get the public finances in order, but we are entering parliament facing the task of reducing the deficit and reversing the national debt.
‘People chose a Prime Minister and party who understand the importance of this challenge and now, as a single-party government, we can get on with the job and I look forward to playing a part in that recovery.’
The Fareham seat has been held by the Conservative party since its creation in 1885.
Ms Fernandes was selected to represent the party following the announcement that former MP Mark Hoban would be departing after 14 years in the Tory safe seat.
On her commitment to her constituency and those who voted for her she said: ‘I hope to speak up for Fareham in parliament on the issues that people care about here: more investment for our schools and A-level provision, support for small businesses and securing investment for vital infrastructure improvements in the area.’