I am delighted to confirm that the Chancellor George Osborne has this afternoon announced funding for a new children’s accident and emergency unit at Southampton General Hospital.

This is the best news we could have hoped for and I am grateful to the Chancellor and Prime Minister for listening to our representations. A dedicated children’s unit will not only serve Southampton’s poorly children but will increase capacity right across the region.

I am pleased to have been able to play my part and I would like to pay tribute to everyone who lent their support. This is a very good day for health facilities in Southampton.