Five key priorities set out for North West Norfolk
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Re-elected North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has started this next term by outlining the five key priorities.
The first is to focus on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King's Lynn, which has been in special measures since the end of 2013.
'It was clear that people want me to be a champion for the QEH,' he said, 'and I have been working with the new management team to see how things can improve there.'
Mr Bellingham said the next area was to look at inward investment and particularly support small and medium enterprises, which he called 'the lifeblood' of the local economy.
'We need to do more to make sure they are properly looked after,' he said. 'More apprentices and a better variety of apprenticeship schemes, is going to be one of our approaches.'
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Improvements to the region's infrastructure were also highlighted, with Norfolk MPs said to be discussing potential improvements to the A47.
'Because as the economy improves, we want more of that investment coming to Norfolk,' he explained.
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He added that quality of life has been an important message from his constituents, with improvements needed to rural transport networks to villages and also better protection for the environment and sea defences.
The final priority is ensure residents have a fair deal as the borough identifies areas to build 6,000 homes by 2026.
'Four thousand of those homes have been allocated in and around Lynn,' he said. 'I want to see if there can be a more even distribution around the borough.'