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 the opening of the B5569.

Cllr Tony Dean, Conservative Cheshire East Council member for Knutsford, believes Ms McVey will continue to put her constituents first.

He told the Guardian: "She was good at attending Westminster anyway – I wouldn't think there'd be any reduction in the frequency of her visits but she'll still be available on Fridays and Saturdays for us.

"I think the role is definitely a positive thing for Esther. She'll have more duties down in Westminster but I'm sure she'll make a success of it, she's very hard working."

Cllr Andrew Malloy, independent Knutsford Town Council member for Over, agrees that having an MP in a top role could be a boost.

He said: "Hopefully if anything it could benefit Tatton as the role gets her closer to Government, to bend a few ears on issues like transport."