The new MP for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, has given his maiden speech in the House of Commons making a pledge to try to secure more funding for Northampton General Hospital.
Mr Mackintosh, the former leader of Northampton Borough Council, also highlighted the completion of the St James Mill link road as a key part of the future regeneration of the town and development of the enterprise zone.
Speaking in the house on Wednesday, Mr Mackintosh also praised the work of his predecessor, Brian Binley, who retired ahead of the May 7 election.
“He ably served his constituents, was deputy chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and treasurer of the 1922 committee, and served on the Conservative party board,” he said.
“But I want to pay tribute to the work that Brian Binley and I focused on for the last four years—the Northampton Alive regeneration programme, with over 40 projects that are changing our town, including a new railway station and bus station, and the relocation of the University of Northampton to a new town centre campus.”
Mr Mackintosh added: “I am pleased by the economic growth in Northampton and the jobs that have been created, but with growth comes pressure on our public services and infrastructure.
“So my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton North (Michael Ellis) and I have both pledged to work hard to secure investment and funding for Northampton general hospital – a key service for our constituents, staffed by excellent people dedicated to our NHS, to whom I also pay tribute.
“The general hospital is an important facility, and my hon. Friend and I are committed to working with our right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health on its future. It is also imperative that the St James’ Mill link road is finally finished, as it is a key road for people using the road networks in Northampton, and will also help businesses in the enterprise zone”, he added.
He also paid tribute to the support of his family and colleagues and “pledged to work tirelessly for the people of Northampton”.