Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown, is riding high on the crest of success, with the news that the Royal Sussex County Hospital will receive the vital £420 million funding it needs for its major re-development.
Posting on his campaign website, Simon Kirby is said to be “delighted” at the news.
Simon said: “Today’s announcement is great news for local people. Huge congratulations must go to the team at the Royal Sussex who worked so hard to put forward such a compelling case. It is only right that patients and staff will now have the very best facilities they deserve.”
Having started his own petition and work tirelessly by lobbying ministers including George Osborne, Jeremy Hunt and Oliver Letwin, Simon Kirby isn’t being shy in coming forward and accepting the credit.
“I have been actively campaigning for a long time now for the £420 million funding to redevelop the Royal Sussex Hospital and would thank everyone who supported my campaign and took the time to sign my hospital petition, which I am sure made a real difference,” he said.
The Chancellor George Osborne, will today announce that the Government has given the green light and redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the Kemptown & Peacehaven constituency will proceed.
Pressing home his involvement in the decision, Simon hopes that this won’t be forgotten by the time the election comes around next year.
Justifying the time it took for the government to release the funds, as they had promised to do, Simon continued: “It is right and proper that there was detailed scrutiny before the Government committed such a huge amount of money, but through my repeated efforts I left the Chancellor, Prime Minister and Health Secretary in no doubt as to the importance of this money for patients and staff here in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven.”
While Nancy Platts, the labour candidate for Brighton Kemptown in 2015 has yet to comment on the news, Matt Taylor, the favourite to take over as MP from Simon Kirby, is said to also be “delighted” over the news, and congratulates Simon on his involvement in securing the vital funds to ensure Brighton has a hospital fit for purpose.