Tory hopeful Matthew Hancock moves into his new home

CONSERVATIVE General Election hopeful Matthew Hancock and his wife Martha moved into their new home in Little Thurlow on Wednesday.

After battling the boxes and the bedding he chatted to the Journal about his campaign aspirations.

Elected by members of the Conservative Party in February at a meeting held at Mildenhall's Dome Leisure Centre, he is originally from Cheshire but hopes to replace Richard Spring as the MP for West Suffolk, who plans to stand down, having been MP since 1992.

Mr Hancock, 31, had previously worked in London as a senior advisor to MP George Osborne and saw off stiff competition from Natalie Elphicke, Anthony Frieze, Sam Gyimah, Sheila Lawlor and Lucille Nicholson for tory post in West Suffolk, emerging victorious after four rounds of voting, beating Natalie Elphicke by 88 votes to 81 in the final ballot.

"In the months since I have been selected I have met hundreds of people throughout the constituency and we have found we have been made extremely welcome," said father of two Mr Hancock, who was also educated at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

"I was brought up in the countryside and it is great to be back.

"Making our home in the community is crucial and when the election is called we will be ready."

He said he is now looking forward to settling back into the countryside.

Mr Hancock has been shadowing Mr Spring on several visits and is looking forward to meeting his constituents at upcoming meetings.

Mr Hancock has said he backs Save Historic Newmarket's fight against 1,200 homes on Hatchfield Farm and endorses the dualling of A11, an accident black spot.

Asked by the Journal if he thought being from outside West Suffolk made a difference, he said; "I won't be taking any votes for granted, when you are a new candidate you have to fight for every vote and I will be campaining hard."

You can chat to Matthew at his meetings in Lakenheath Village Hall tomorrow at 7pm and Wickhambrook illage Hall on Saturday, March 27 at 10am.