Jobs, transport, housing, schools and health - MP Chloe Smith sets out her priorities for Norwich

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground. Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smi

The North Norwich and Broadland count at Norfolk Showground. Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smith.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

After contesting three elections in just six years, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith could be forgiven for wanting to put her feet up for while.

But as the dust settled on a surprising majority for the Conservatives, the 32-year-old told the Evening News she was just about to catch up on household chores.

'Right now I'm about to do the washing up and the grass needs cutting, but after that I'm going to have a laid back weekend,' she said.

On Monday morning, it will be back to Parliament for Ms Smith, who said: 'I'm very proud that so many people have put their trust in me for the third time. I'm extremely keen to get back to work serving the constituency as a good local MP.'

Her six priorities for Norwich include:


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• Employment - building on the Norwich for Jobs which she helped to found, Ms Smith said she wants to continue to encourage even more jobs to come to Norwich.

• Transport - Securing improvements for rail and road infrastructure, and ensuring investment for our region's rail services is delivered in the coming years.

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• Better schools - 'People want higher standards in local schools.'

• NHS - 'Ensuring we have a strong NHS, both locally and nationally.'

• Housing - Securing 'a good home for everyone in the area', and helping first-time buyers get onto the housing ladder through Help to Buy.

• Preserving Norwich and Norfolk - 'I want to keep our beautiful area a lovely place to live and work and to bring up a family.'

And now the prospect of another election is some years away, does Ms Smith have any plans of her own to start a family?

'I have, of course, recently got married, so we shall see,' she said.

Ms Smith said she felt confident that she and Clive Lewis would be able to work closely to serve the city, and revealed she was planning to celebrate last night with a few drinks and a curry with other local Conservatives following the outcome of local council elections.

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