Local Assington businessman and now Conservative MP James Cartlidge was elected as the replacement for Tim Yeo on Thursday as the seat remained a Tory stronghold.
Mr Cartlidge has spent much of his time campaigning for better transport links, in particular canvassing support for a Sudbury bypass and improved rail links to London – something he said he would continue.
“It’s about building my presence at Westminster and working to develop relationships with relevant ministers to ensure national support, while being an agent for bringing together district and county councils both here and in Essex,” he said this week.
Mr Cartlidge replaces Tim Yeo – who was ousted by his own party over criticism of his lack of involvement in the constituency – and said he would work hard to serve residents in the area.
“I already live in the constituency, it’s my home and where my children go to school, and where I will be living my life when not at Westminster,” he said.
“I will be holding regular surgeries in the area and these will commence as soon as my parliamentary office is set up and ready.”
Mr Cartlidge added that he would be fully devoted to the role, giving up the day-to-day running of his business, while retaining his shares.