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Mid Norfolk MP to put county on the map after regaining his seat

PUBLISHED: 16:11 09 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:11 09 May 2015

George Freeman looking relaxed before casting his vote at Litcham Jubilee Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

George Freeman looking relaxed before casting his vote at Litcham Jubilee Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

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There is more to do to drive the "rural renaissance", according to George Freeman, as he regained the Mid Norfolk seat with an increased majority.

Having won the seat he first gained in 2010 by a huge majority of 17,276, the Conservative MP said his priorities continued to be enterprise, healthcare, education and housing – and putting Norfolk on the map.

Mr Freeman, who was a strong favourite to retain his seat, said: “When I first stood for Mid Norfolk in 2010, I promised to put place before party, working from the grassroots upwards to rebuild faith in politics. To have been voted back to Parliament for a second time, with an increased majority, is an honour and a privilege.

“We achieved a lot over the last five years, but there is still much more to do to drive a rural renaissance in our area. That’s why I founded my Norfolk Way campaign, and why I will continue to work to make Mid Norfolk a hub of enterprise and opportunity for all.”

He said his key pledges for the new parliament were clear:

• To raise the level of aspiration and investment in local schools so that Norfolk moves to the top half of the national education league tables, giving youngsters a better chance in life.

• To bring together NHS, care and dementia funding so that services are designed around the patients rather than the provider.

• To campaign for a new law to ensure that when new housing is built the developers and councils must invest in infrastructure and community facilities.

Mr Freeman added: “For too long, our area has been regarded as a rural backwater. If we continue to work together as Norfolk MPs, as we have on the A11, A47, broadband and apprenticeships, I believe we can continue putting our great area back on the map and creating new opportunities for the next generation.”

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