NEW Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has reaffirmed her commitment to the area in her maiden speech in parliament.
The Tory MP, who took over from departing MP Mark Hoban at the last election, thanked her predecessor.
She said: ‘Mark served for 14 years in this house and during that time set an example as a conscientious constituency MP and a principled member of the government.
‘I have met many constituents for whom Mark was an indefatigable campaigner. He set a standard that it would be difficult to match.’
However, she added that she was ready for the challenge.
She said: ‘Following Mark is not only daunting but inspiring.
‘I will be a strong voice for Fareham. More than 1,000 young people travel too far for A-levels, and I hope to see more sixth-form provision within the constituency.
‘As an increasing and ageing population puts pressure on local GP services, schools and roads, I plan to be an advocate for all my constituents as we face the challenge of building more homes.’
Her speech marked Fareham’s history, with references to Titchfield Abbey and the D-Day landings, as well as recognising her parents.
Ms Fernandes’ father is from Kenya and her mother from Mauritius.
Ms Fernandes said: ‘They were so proud to be British and so proud to make our country even better.
‘If I succeed in making some small contribution during my time in this place, it will reflect only a fraction of my gratitude to this country for the abundance of education, culture and traditions that have made Britain great, for the tolerance and fellowship of the British people, and for the opportunity and liberty that we all enjoy.’