Employment Minister among MPs visiting new Surrey leader

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Employment Minister Chris Grayling was one of three Surrey MPs to visit new Surrey County Council leader David Hodge.

He was joined at County Hall by Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab and Woking MP Jonathan Lord.

Mr Hodge said: “Surrey has three Cabinet members in the coalition government and several other ministers so it’s important that I have a close relationship with them and act as a key link to local government.

“I want them to come to us for examples of value for money and innovative services at the same time as working alongside all Surrey’s MPs in the interests of everyone living in the county.”

The MPs heard about Surrey’s drive to ensure 100% superfast broadband coverage in the county.

Surrey plans to connect those places – particularly rural areas – that will miss out on BT’s national roll-out of superfast broadband in the next couple of years.

It is thought that up to 20% of Surrey’s homes and businesses have not been included.

Andrew Dilnot’s proposals to reform the current system of funding care for the elderly were also discussed by the politicians.


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