ELECTION: Sir Edward Leigh reveals priorities for Gainsbrough constituency

Sir Edward Leigh MP EMN-150805-024641001
Sir Edward Leigh MP EMN-150805-024641001

Sir Edward Leigh MP has revealed to the Rasen Mail his priorities for the area as he celebrates retaining his Market Rasen and Gainsborough seat.

Things high up on Sir Edward’s list include wind turbines, potholes and large housing developments.

Speaking first about his victory, Sir Edward said: “It’s very humbling. There’s no such thing as a safe seat.

“That’s what Labour thought about Scotland and look what the SNP did.

“It’s traditionally been a conservative area. I just try to stand up for the people who live here - middle income families in middle Britain.”

But Sir Edward does not have any cabinet ambitions.

He said: ““I’m very happy as a backbencher. I’m very happy being an MP.”

He said: “The first thing I’m going to do is beg the secretary of state to turn it (Hemswell wind farm application) down.

“They’re 300ft high. One and a half times high as Lincoln Cathedral.

“I was very worried it was going to be a Labour one (secretary of state) because Labour seem more keen on turbines.

“But Eric Pickles has turned down every single one in the last six months.

“My priorities will be to get the county council to sort out potholes, the Hackthorn Road in Cherry Willingham and not to allow West Lindsey District Council go ahead with big housing developments.

“They should turn down the proposed development in Welton. It’s far too big, it’s turning into a town.

“We need sustainable and gradual development.

“And the hospitals in this area are still not good. I also want to get better funding for the grammar schools.”