EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston writes for the Observer…
IT WAS deeply saddening to hear the news of HRH Prince Philip’s death last week and I know that his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the Queen and to our nation won’t be forgotten. I know that many people in Worcestershire will have met the Duke and it has been heart-warming to hear so many personal stories from those whose lives he touched.
It will be a more sombre week than planned as we also enter the next stage of easing restrictions with outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants opening, as well as non-essential shops, gyms and outdoor tourism venues.
Over 30 million people have now received their first vaccine – including me. I got my jab at the Malvern Showground where I was impressed by the incredibly fast, efficient and friendly service. We remain on track to meet the target of vaccinating all vulnerable people by the middle of the month. The vaccination programme is a key enabler of us getting back to life closer to normal.
In Parliament, I participated in more questions and debate sessions on issues ranging from schools reopening and support for the fitness and leisure sectors, to concussion and brain injury in sport. I also participated in a Transport Select Committee hearing about support for the tourism and coach industry. As more parts of the tourism industry are opening up, I’ve been working across departments to formulate the Tourism Recovery Plan and ensure these businesses are in a strong position to take advantage of the expected upturn in domestic and international tourism.
As restrictions ease I plan on getting out and about visiting people, businesses, and institutions across the constituency again – and I hope to report on more positive news about how the reopening is going in my next diary.”