Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has praised her outgoing Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron, as he prepares to hand over to Theresa May.
Mrs Trevelyan, who had signed a letter asking the PM to stay on regardless of the result of the referendum, joined colleagues from all parties in applause and a standing ovation, as he left the Commons chamber this afternoon having taken his last PMQs session.
Anne-Marie said: “Under David Cameron, the Conservative Party in Government has introduced the new National Living Wage – giving people over 25 on low wages a pay rise – and lifted 4 million people, and rising, out of income tax altogether.
“An additional 2.5million more people are in work and educational reforms mean 1.4million more children are in good or outstanding schools.
“David Cameron introduced the biggest road-investment programme since the 1970s, which we are benefitting from here in Northumberland as the A1 dualling project moves forward.
“Under his leadership, the UK has kept its promises to the poorest people in the world, and protected our security, by maintaining our commitment to aid spending. “Crucially, he enshrined the military covenant in law, as well as ensuring we maintained our two per cent target on defence spending as outlined by NATO.”
Mrs Trevelyan also laid out her priorities for the new Prime Minister. She said: “Theresa May will need to continue to work on the key election pledges on which the Conservative Government was elected.
“Top of my list are improving broadband provision in our rural communities, continuing the road-investment scheme, strong support for farmers as we transition to a bespoke system which suits their needs post-Brexit, and ensuring we build more homes in places which complement existing communities.
“There is a lot of work to do, but our new Prime Minister has my full support as she takes us through this challenging but exciting time.”
Last year, Mr Cameron visited Alnwick in the run up to the General Election.