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County Tories will get the funding the area deserves

Column by Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and Hykeham

It has been an exciting first few weeks in Parliament, and after the euphoria of election night it is time to get to work and deliver for the people of Sleaford and North Hykeham.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know many of my new colleagues and I am delighted that Conservative MPs now represent the whole of Greater Lincolnshire, taking back Lincoln after a brief two-year hiatus and incredibly winning Great Grimsby for the first time since the Second World War!

Caroline Johnson (23271513)
Caroline Johnson (23271513)

The political map of Lincolnshire is now a sea of blue. Much of the work we do as MPs impacts our neighbouring constituencies, and being able to work with members from the same side of the House allows for us to present a united front when making the case for increased resources for Lincolnshire.

The election was dominated by Brexit and after three years of delay and dithering the result was an emphatic rejection of those trying to undermine it.It is clear that people across the country supported us to ‘Get Brexit Done’.

Having a Conservative majority Government allows us to pass a deal and finally puts the question of whether we are leaving the European Union to bed.We will leave the EU on January 31.

Settling the Brexit question allows us to get to work tackling other important issues closer to home such as investing in our NHS.

In our local area I know the long-running overnight closure of Grantham A&E has been a cause of great concern. Earlier this month, I and Gareth Davies, the new MP for Grantham and Stamford, met with the Health Secretary to discuss this issue.

What began as temporary closure due to a shortage of A&E middle grade doctors has now turned into three years of worry and concern for local residents.We had a productive meeting and I’m pleased that this Government is committed to investing in our NHS, with a record cash settlement of £33 billion by 2023.

We’ll both be visiting Grantham Hospital soon and working together to ensure a return to an around the clock service as quickly as possible.

I’m further encouraged by the commitments made for both education and policing.The promise to increase and level up school funding will be a boon to schools in Lincolnshire, and additional funding will also allow Lincolnshire to recruit 50 new police officers this year.

There is more to be done and I’ll be working with the Conservative team across Lincolnshire to ensure our county gets the investment our constituents deserve.

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