ESTHER McVey insists she is 'first and foremost' Tatton's MP despite her appointment as deputy chief whip.

The Conservative member, who replaced George Osborne in June's General Election, was given the role by Theresa May on Thursday, November 2, in the fallout of Sir Michael Fallon's resignation as defence secretary.

Her Tatton predecessor faced criticism from some constituents who felt he spent too little time in the area, but Ms McVey is confident she can balance both sides of her job as MP.

She said: "I am delighted to have been asked to be part of the Government and take the role of deputy chief whip.

"Along with ensuring business runs smoothly it is one of the most important roles in safeguarding the welfare of members and staff.

"In light of recent reports it is vital that the conduct of MPs meet the standards that the public rightly expects of us. I will be able to add a fresh perspective to this.

"However, while I have been given the opportunity to be part of the Government, I am still first and foremost the MP for Tatton and the constituency work continues every day."

Following her appointment, Ms McVey spent the next day across Tatton, including at a meeting on HS2 in Rudheath.

Cllr Lynn Gibbon, Conservative Cheshire West and Chester Council member for Marbury, believes Ms McVey will continue to put her constituents first.

“I think she’s an excellent choice for the job – I’ve found her to be an excellent MP so far," she said.

“She’s been very proactive for the area. She really cares about what residents think.

"I don't think her position will do Tatton any harm - if we want to take the area forward then having someone at that level in Government is no bad thing."

Cllr Tony Lawrenson, Labour CWAC member for Witton and Rudheath, agrees that having an MP in a top role could be a boost.

He said: "I would prefer it if she was Labour, but she's got to be given a chance. I think it might benefit Tatton but we will have to find out."