At the time of writing, attention nationally is focused on the new Omicron variant and the Prime Minister has updated the Covid-19 guidance. I know this will have left many constituents worried, however I think what is important at this early stage is that we take it step by step. As always with a new variant, there are many things that we just cannot know at this time. However, the Government is taking targeted and proportionate measures now, as a precaution, while we find out more. I will be updating my website with both the latest Covid guidance, and the latest information on where to receive your booster vaccine so please do visit these pages if helpful.
Locally there have been a great response to the vaccine programme, however I continue to urge everyone who can, to come forward and get jabbed in order to protect themselves and others. The reduction in time before receiving a booster and the second dose for those aged 12-15 will undoubtedly lead to a spike in those seeking to be vaccinated, and I have therefore raised some concerns with our local CCG about capacity and will continue to push urgently for more resources.
While I know these are uncertain times, I would like to stress that the measures the Government are taking are temporary and precautionary. A review is planned in three weeks, when the scientists will know much more, and I very much hope these restrictions will be removed as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.
This month I also hosted the Sevenoaks and Swanley Climate Change Conference, and I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all of you who took time out of your day to join us and ask some fantastic questions. It was a brilliant and inspiring morning.
Climate change is a serious threat to the future of our planet and while progress was made at COP26, it’s important to remember that we all have a role to play in achieving net zero - that is why I wanted to bring together our community to discuss what is being done nationally, and locally. Over the course of the event, we explored what has already been achieved, what work is underway, and where progress is still to be made. Our speakers – who are each individually experts in their field – were able to really enlighten attendees on their experience and reflections.
It was encouraging to hear the about progress already underway across the district to ensure we are playing our part, as well as so many constituents who feel strongly in supporting such efforts. I have been contacted by some constituents who were unable to join the conference but would like to know what was covered in more detail. I have therefore shared on my Facebook and website the letter I have sent to the COP President, setting out what was discussed. As soon as I have received his response, I will also be sure to share this.
Finally, I must touch on the case of David Fuller. I, along with my Kent MP colleagues whose constituents are served by Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Trust, have been horrified by the despicable events. We issued a joint statement, and I asked the Health Secretary for assurance that the failure to identify David Fuller’s convictions will be addressed by the planned review, and that Government will look into other potential omissions in relation to NHS and contractual workforce. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I will do all I can to ensure they get answers, and that this can never, ever happen again.
Thank you all for your continued support, and if there is anything, I can do to help you, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MP for Sevenoaks and Swanley
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