October 2017 newsletter


Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Westminster and West Suffolk.

In Westminster

New funds for superfast broadband

The success of the Government’s superfast broadband rollout programmemeans that a total of up to £645m is to be made available over the coming years to help take superfast broadband to the most remote and hard to reach places in the UK.

The excellent news is that in West Suffolk superfast broadband has now reached nine out of ten houses. Together with other planned delivery, it is estimated that this could see more than 900,000 extra UK homes and businesses gain access to superfast speeds after the end of this year, taking superfast coverage to 98 per cent of the nation over the next few years. We are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of the year, but we know there’s still more to do. This is part of our commitment to make sure that 100 per cent of the UK can get affordable, fast and reliable broadband by 2020.

Data Protection Bill


We announced the Data Protection Bill which will make data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empower people to take control of their data.  The Bill will introduce safeguards to prevent and detect fraud, protect the freedom of the press, allow scientific research and maintain the integrity of professional sports.  It specifically includes measures to allow action against terrorist financing, money laundering and child abuse.
We are strengthening Britain’s data rules to make them fit for the digital age in which we live and that means giving people more control over their own data.

In West Suffolk
Cinema for Newmarket

There is progress on getting a cinema for Newmarket. Forest Heath District Council has launched a competition for a design team for the cinema. If you know of designers/architects who might be interested in getting involved with this fantastic project, details can be found here. The deadline is 3 October.

By-election in West Suffolk

I was delighted that our two Conservative candidates for the Chedburgh and Hundon by-elections on 28 September won their respective seats.  Many congratulations to Mike Chester and Mary Evans – they will be fantastic in representing their residents in local government.

Brandon Park Nursing Home

Huge congratulations to the Brandon Park Nursing Home - it's 1 of only 3 nursing homes in Suffolk to rated Outstanding.  The dedication and care shown by the staff towards the residents was immediately apparent when I recently visited - this Outstanding rating is thoroughly deserved.


New Nursery Room

I was delighted to open the new Nursery room at Fairstead House School in Newmarket. It’s fantastic that they were able to open it so quickly - there is a big demand for nursery provision in the area.

Tour of the Houses of Parliament

Would you like to take a tour of the House of Commons? Tours during the morning are free for groups of up to twenty-five people. I’m always happy to arrange tours, but please do allow three months’ notice, as they are very popular. Please contact me at matt.hancock.mp@parliament.uk for further information.

Contact Details

I am always keen to hear about the issues, both local and national, which matter most to you. Please do get in touch if you feel I can be of any assistance.

Westminster Office
Office of Matt Hancock MP
House of Commons
telephone: 0207 219 7186
email: matt.hancock.mp@parliament.uk

West Suffolk
Constituency Office

Unit 8
Swan Lane Business Park
Suffolk CB8 7FN
telephone: 01638 577 390

email: matt.hancock.mp@parliament.uk