The world has changed completely since my last newsletter. While we knew about Coronavirus two months ago I could not have predicted where we'd be now. This update will focus on the pandemic. I'm letting you know that so that if you are trying to avoid the news and are giving your mind a break from it, you might want to put this email to one side for now.
Before going any further I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the dozens of families in this constituency who have lost someone during this pandemic. Losing a loved one is always traumatic. Losing someone at a time when you cannot seek the usual comfort from friends and family and when funerals are so limited is almost unimaginable.
And the biggest thank you to our key workers. Whether you are working in the NHS, our schools, the social care sector, keeping council services going or keeping us fed and watered you have my gratitude. I know that it is hard, and getting harder, to follow the government advice to stay indoors – especially for those who have no access to a garden. But it does seem like it’s making a difference.