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Health Secretary visits Harlow - but did his party know about it?

At least Robert Halfon knew Jeremy Hunt was visiting. Credit: Robert Halfon / Twitter

The Health Secretary has been in Harlow this morning (Friday) - although, for his party's HQ, the visit seems to have been a surprise.

Robert Halfon posted a picture of him with Jeremy Hunt outside the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

But after hearing rumours of the visitor earlier today, ITV News Anglia called the Conservative Party to ask for details - only to be told they knew nothing about it.

They were, however, keen to flag up Home Secretary Amber Rudd's visit to Norfolk later today.

Labour loses all its county council seats in Harlow

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn holds one-year-old Angelo after speaking to supporters at a rally in Harlow on 27 April. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

All four of the Essex County Council divisions in Harlow have gone to the Conservatives with Labour losing three of their seats.

It will be a blow to Labour hopes at the General Election as Harlow has been a marginal constituency in the past. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was campaigning in the new town last week.

Robert Halfon won the parliamentary seat for the Tories in 2010 and increased his majority to more than 8,000 at the 2015 election. Labour held the seat from 1997 until 2010 and would need a 6.4% swing to take it back.

Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital appoint new CEO

Lance McCarthy will start work in May. Credit: Princess Alexandra Hospital/ITV News Anglia

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to help turn things around at a struggling hospital in Harlow.

The Princess Alexandra was rated as 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission last October and placed in special measures.

Lance McCarthy, who takes charge in May, is currently the CEO at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

He says he's looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

This is the perfect job in so many ways – the chance to be part of the development of a new hospital on a new education and social care campus is exciting.

The chance to shape health and social care across West Essex by developing our Accountable Care Partnership is a challenge I shall relish.

And finally the chance to work with a staff team who are so obviously caring and committed to doing the best for patients will be a pleasure.

– Lance McCarthy


Multi-million pound deal struck for new technology centre

The new medical technology centre is expected to create 500 jobs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A multi-million pound deal to build a new medical technology centre in Essex, creating 500 jobs, has been signed.

Essex County Council has promised £2.5 million towards Anglia Ruskin University's Med-Tech Innovation Centre.

It will be the first tenant at the Harlow Science Park, which is a new site for high-technology businesses.

Essex County Council has invested millions into the project. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is part of the regeneration and rebirth of Harlow.

"We're going to be one of the health science capitals of the world in terms of Public Health England coming here.

"This is our new Enterprise Zone, and the Medtech campus will be vital for businesses and vital for Public Health England."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservatives
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