18 May 2010

The first meeting between the leaders at Northamptonshire County Council, NHS Northamptonshire and the county’s newly elected MPs took place in London today.

The delegation from Northamptonshire including leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker, his cabinet, future chief executive Dr Paul Blantern and chairman of NHS Northamptonshire William Pope met with the county’s seven MPs at a special meeting to focus on county issues.

Topics discussed included the You Choose campaign and the council’s efficiency programme, the management of growth in the county and securing a fair deal for the county in terms of national funding.

And following the successful first meeting it has been decided that similar sessions will now be held on a quarterly basis to ensure the county is speaking with one voice at Westminster.

Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: “This was a very productive session and the start of what we have every confidence will be an ever strengthening relationship with the county’s representatives in Westminster.

“We want to work together as a team as a trusted advocate for the county to get the best possible deal for Northamptonshire. I am very pleased these meetings will now take place on a regular basis.

“It is vital we work closely together in what will be very testing times in the future so the people of Northamptonshire know that all their services and their elected representatives are working hard both within the county and in Parliament to make the county a great place to live and work.”