May 2017 newsletter


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



In Westminster

2017 General Election



I look forward to the general election on 8 June. Britain needs strong leadership, and this election will give people the chance to vote for that leadership, to strengthen our negotiating hand in Europe, and give the certainty the country needs. Only a vote for the Conservatives can provide this leadership.

Locally I am proud to stand on my record of more jobs, more investment, and as a strong voice for local people. It is an honour to represent West Suffolk in Parliament, and I hope I can persuade people to vote Conservative so I can continue doing this job which I love, and represent the people of West Suffolk.

If you agree with the need for this leadership in this election, you can do more than just vote for it. I know many of you share my passion for politics and would like to get involved with the campaign. We need people to canvass, to deliver leaflets, and to put up posters. And fighting elections costs money.  So we are launching our fighting fund now to ensure we can fight the election over the next several weeks. Any support you can give is very gratefully received. 

 It is great fun too, and I would encourage people to give it a go. If you would like to see the Conservatives returned to government and can offer a bit of your time and enthusiasm, please contact Kerry in the West Suffolk Conservative Association office at or nationally at


Digital Economy Bill



As the Digital Minister, I was delighted that the Digital Economy Act has been passed into law.  The Bill calls for broadband download speeds of at least 10 mbps, a speed which will allow for us all to adequately live in the digital age.  This provision is excellent news for West Suffolk, where, being a rural constituency, broadband speeds have often not been satisfactory.  All of my constituents will have the superfast broadband speeds that they need and deserve by 2020.  In addition to faster broadband, legislation in the the Bill will help protect citizens from spam and nuisance calls and protect children from online pornography. 


In West Suffolk

4 May County Council Elections


This Thursday, 4 May will be the local elections for County Councillors.  In West Suffolk, The Conservative Party is fielding a very strong selection of candidates in the County Council elections. They are Mary Evans (Clare), Joanna Spicer (Blackbourn), Rachel Hood (Exning & Newmarket), Robin Millar (Newmarket & Red Lodge), Colin Noble (Row Heath) Louis Busuttil (Mildenhall), Karen Soons (Thingoe South), Stephen Frost (Brandon), David Roach (Haverhill East & Kedington), Paula Fox (Haverhill Cangle) and also from the same electoral division, Quillon Fox (Haverhill Cangle).  I hope these candidates can count on your support – I have known and worked with all of them in my time as MP and can attest to their professionalism and commitment.



Betting Levy reform




After a six year long campaign, the reforms to the Horseracing Levy have been signed into law. It's incredibly good news for British racing, and as the biggest centre of racing in the country, it's great news for Newmarket in particular. The levy has been changed to now apply to offshore businesses and it will create a level playing field amongst betting operators. This is a huge win for all those involved in racing and it will help the industry to further grow and prosper.


Visit to Risby CEVC Primary School



I had an outstanding visit to the Outstanding Risby CEVC Primary School. It was a pleasure to meet their inspirational headteacher Mrs Lisa Tweed and to get grilled by some of the pupils. Their storytelling project where pupils hear a story, act the story, and then develop it themselves is hugely interesting. Many congratulations to Risby as it’s the first school in Suffolk to be an accredited Storytelling School.


Tiffin Cup 2017 West Suffolk Nominee


I am so pleased that Montaz in Newmarket has secured the nomination to be West Suffolk’s entry in the prestigious 2017 Tiffin Cup. After asking constituents to nominate their favourite curry house over the past several weeks – Montaz was the clear winner. I wish them every success in the competition.



Where in West Suffolk?


Did you guess Newmarket?  If so, you’re correct.



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 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

West Suffolk
Constituency Office

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